10 Outdoor Activities To Do With Your Dog
Isn’t spending time with your dog one of your favorite moments of the day? Spring has come, the weather is starting to improve, snow is giving us a break – it’s the perfect time to hang out with your furry friend! Even if you love the outdoors, there are some moments when you might lack original, creative ideas for activities to do with your dog. Here you’ll find an exhaustive list to consider.
1. Train Your Dog
Did you know that training your dog increases their focused attention skills, and improves intelligence? Besides that, training means bonding, and connecting with your dog, which is extremely important. More than that, training can also serve you well in the future, whether you take them on a walk, to a friend’s house, or traveling.
Here are some easy tips, but you should definitely look for even more on a professional dog-training website:
- Get to know your dog – what do they like? What do they respond to? Do treats and small rewards motivate them?
- Try a dog harness and/or a new leash and use them both
- Talk nicely to your dog, yet stay authoritative while in training
- Consider clicker training
2. Take Photos
Another fun activity is taking photos of both you and your dog! Go out for a walk at sunset, and take some cool and funny photos. If you own a DSLR camera, use a shutter speed to catch them running around, spinning, or playing. Enjoy some selfies too. Bring some healthy dog treats with you to catch their attention and make them smile at the camera!
3. Go For a Jog
Exercising with dogs is the best! They are great motivational pals. You can go for a jog early in the morning to help start your day right. Buy a jogging leash, a still harness, and go for it! You could also train them while running, and that’s two for one!
4. Explore Together
Choose an “exploring” day in which you simply go out and explore everything! For example, dogs like sniffing around. Sometimes though, it takes them way too long, so we drag them. This day, let them drag you! If they want to stop and sniff flowers for 10 minutes, let them do it. If they want to climb some stairs, climb with them. If they want to run, run with them. Let them take the lead and explore!
5. Play Games
Playing fetch, Frisbee, or hide and seek are just some of the options available. You can design your own game! Clara O’Neill, IT specialist at Essay Geeks, shares how she plays with her dogs. “I love hiding toys from my dog and ask them to find them. It’s so funny, and they are so smart. They’ll look everywhere even if the toy is in my hand, behind my back. They won’t ever give up!”
6. Search for an Off-Leash Dog Park
As of now, most states don’t allow dogs to run around on the streets unleashed. That’s why dog parks exist! Search for an off-leash one, and let your best friend enjoy the nature.
7. Go Sailing
Find a friend who owns a boat, a river or lake, a life-jacket for your dog, and sail the sea! If you don’t know anyone with a boat, consider renting a canoe or a paddle boat. The renting process is simple and doesn’t have to be expensive.
8. Go to a Pet Restaurant
Why not dine with your dog after enjoying a beautiful day outside? Find a pet restaurant nearby, and order their favorite foods. Make a reservation beforehand, and have a night out with your dearest friend.
P.S. – if you don’t have a pet restaurant in your city, ask restaurants if they have pet-friendly patios. Some of them do, so it’s worth the try!
9. Go to a Drive-In Movie
After having a proper dinner and some snacks, watch a movie together. Find the nearest drive-in cinema, and have some laughs. This is a great opportunity to get out of the house but still enjoy the comforts of snuggling with your dog. Take some pictures to capture all these amazing moments!
Last but not least, going for a swim at the beach or in a pool is a smart idea. Most dogs love taking baths in the ocean and feeling the cold water! Play fetch at the beach – throw sticks into the water and make them find them. For swimming in the pool pick up some floating dog pool toys to play with. Just be sure if you’re at the beach and you stay close to the shore.
Before heading to the beach, check out out guide to dog beach safety.
There are plenty of methods to spend time with your dog. Choose the one that fits you the best, and have some fun!
This guest post was provided by Chris Richardson.
Chris Richardson is a journalist, editor, and a blogger. He is also a part-time contributor to Essay Geeks. He loves to write, learn new things, and meet new outgoing people. Chris is also fond of traveling, sports, and playing the guitar. Follow him on Google+.