With spring just around the corner, it is that time of the year when you should start planning the outdoor activities. If you are a dog owner, this list of activities might be of some help to you.
Meet New friends in Dog Parks
Dog parks are very common nowadays, and this is probably one of the easiest ways to spend some quality time with your dog. It is a good chance for both you and your pet to meet new friends or just enjoy the spring breeze alone.
If you allow your dog to hang out with others, be sure to always keep an eye on him, especially if it is a smaller dog because accidents happen from time to time.
Play Hide and Seek
Another fun outdoor thing to do with your dog is tracking.
Find some toy, preferably one that your pet is already familiar with and hide it, then play some hide-and-seek with him and reward him with some snacks whenever the hidden toy is found. They will learn how to play this game pretty fast because of the reward system, and you will have lots of fun.
Become Running Partners
Workouts are a no-brainer. If you love to go out for a run, then you can make your dog to be your running partner also.
On the other side, if you have a tough time getting up and going out than you can use your pet friend as a motivation.
This will be beneficial for both you and your dog’s health.
It doesn’t have to be a run; fast-paced walking is as good, just find some nice shoes for you and a quality harness that it is comfortable for your dog and you are good to go.
Take a Vacation
Planning to go on spring vacation?
Don’t forget to include your pet in the plans. If you are traveling commercially make sure that the transportation is pet-friendly as well as the place where you decide to stay. If you decide to travel by car and camp, it’s a pretty big chance that your dog is going to enjoy both activities.
And same rule is applied for vacations as it is for backpacking, you should put in some effort and learn as much as you can about traveling with pets and how to avoid bad experiences.
Playing fetch is another activity that can be done almost anywhere. Your pet might have to go through some training to understand that his task is to bring the object that you threw but this can be achieved easily. At this point, it’s all fun for him. If at any point you get tired or just have something else to do, you can always use automatic ball thrower for dogs inside the house.
Go Through Obedience Training
We all know that dogs sometimes don’t behave exactly as they should and this is where obedience training comes in handy. Although it is usually advisable to get a professional coach for your dog there are some things that you can teach him on your own.
There are even competitions for dogs where they go through tough tasks, and their behavior is pushed to the limits, so this might also be an interesting challenge for the two of you. Whatever you choose to go for, more strict training or just teaching him some basics, this process can bring you two closer.
Plan a Backpacking Trip
Backpacking with your pet can be very rewarding, but it can also be a pretty difficult thing to do. You should plan out everything carefully, check and see if there are any restrictions for dogs in the area where you are planning to go, and prepare yourself and your pet physically because this kind of activities can be very demanding. And always make sure that you have enough water prepared for both of you and a first-aid kit in case of emergency.
This is not by any means a full list of the fun activities that you and your pet can do in the upcoming months. The possibilities are endless outside of the house so make sure that you use as many of them as you can, the fun is guaranteed.
Yvette’s idea of a great day involves good book, yoga, spot paddling at the beach and fetch play with her English foxhound Rico. As a dog owner Eve enjoys sharing her experience with other pet parents. When she is not writing she is spending time with her furry friend and trying to keep up with his energetic behavior.