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Dogs are not just pets; they are family members. They bring joy and companionship to our lives, and we do our best to make sure they are happy and fulfilled in theirs. Aside from a warm home, comfy beds, and plenty of treats, another way to provide your dog with a fulfilling life is by engaging in fun activities with them. Read on for five activities you can do with your dog to get out of the house, strengthen your bond, and make lasting memories with your pup.
Hiking: Hiking is a great way to get exercise and fresh air with your dog. Your dog will enjoy exploring the trails and all the new and unique smells they provide, and hiking can also help their physical and mental well-being (and yours!). Bring plenty of water and know local rules or regulations for hiking with dogs. Ready for more of a challenge? Check out this blog to see if you and your dog are ready to tackle an infamous “14’er.” Our tips for safe off-leash hiking preparations can be found here if you’re looking to take your dog on an off-leash trail.
Agility Training: Agility training is a fun and challenging way to bond with your dog. This activity traditionally involves directing your dog through an obstacle course with jumps, tunnels, and more! Agility training can also help reinforce your dog’s obedience and encourage focus, as they are required to follow your instruction throughout the completion of the course. It also helps provide your dog with physical fitness exercise, as the courses involve lots of sprinting. You can find local agility classes online or even set up an obstacle course in your backyard!
Swimming: Swimming is a great, low-impact activity for dogs, especially those struggling with joint issues. Many dogs love to swim, and it's a great way to cool off during hot summer days. Make sure to supervise your dog while in the water, and never force them to swim if they're uncomfortable. Here’s a link to a few of our favorite swimming holes for you and your dog to check out.
Dog-Friendly Festivals and Events: There are many festivals and events that welcome dogs, such as farmers markets, fairs, and street festivals. Not only will your dog enjoy the sights and smells, but it's also a great way to socialize and expose them to different people and environments. Is your dog up for such a social event? Check out this blog for tips on re-socializing your pup.
Volunteer Work: Volunteering with your dog can be a rewarding experience for both of you. Many organizations welcome therapy dogs to visit hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Not only will your dog bring joy to others, but it can also help them develop their socialization skills by interacting with various people. Always ask your selected volunteer facility if dogs are welcome before you go, and have fun!
These are just a few fun activities you can do with your dog. Need more? Check out this calendar of options for year-round fun! The most important thing is to find something you both enjoy and make sure your dog is comfortable with the activity. With a bit of creativity, you'll find endless opportunities to bond and have fun with your furry companion.
Get your excursion supplies today by checking out K9 and Company’s offerings. We can’t wait to see where our gear takes you next!