Dogs need exercise and stimulation.
Unlike humans, most dogs wouldn’t be happy in front of the TV with their favorite snack.
They need to be active to maintain their physical and mental health.
There are a lot of things to do with your dog that can make them healthier.
Whether it’s taking them for walks or mentally stimulating them with challenges, your dog relies on you to meet all their needs.
First-time pooch parents may not know what to do with a dog.
Of course, they’ll know to provide the necessities of life.
When it comes to fun activities for dogs, they may not know where to start.
Even experienced pet owners struggle with planning dog-friendly outings.
They may get bored with the same thing every day.
Read on for some unique dog activities that both you and Fido will enjoy.
Warm Weather Activities for Dogs
When the weather gets warm, it’s hard to make excuses to stay inside.
As long as it’s not sweltering outside, both you and Fido will benefit from soaking in that Vitamin D.
Here are some of the best things dogs like to do in summer.
Whether you’re tenting or RV’ing, camping is an excellent activity most dogs will love.
You’ll want to match your dog’s personality to the type of camping you’ll be doing.
If you have a lazy pooch who prefers napping and light walks, book at a family-friend campground.
More adventurous dogs can accompany you on a full weekend backpacking trip.
RVing with dogs is another camping option.
Your pooch will get the comforts of home with nature right outside the door.
Though your RV is a home on wheels, resist the urge to let Fido free roam while traveling.
This can lead to devastating consequences if you get into an accident.
A car seat belt harness or kennel will work to restrain your dog until you arrive at your destination.
Go to the Lake
Swimming is one of the most fun things to do with your dog in the summer.
It’s a great cardiovascular activity that’s easy on their joints.
You’ll want to make sure your dog knows how to swim before letting him venture into the water.
If you have any doubts about his swimming ability, use a dog life vest.
Before you head to any body of water, check for safety notices first.
Freshwater lakes and ponds are prone to algae growth. Blue-green algae, for example, can produce dangerous toxins.
You’ll also need to check online to see if the nearby lakes are dog-friendly.
Some may only allow dogs during the colder months.
Turn on the Hose
If you’re hesitant about taking your dog to the beach or lake, bring the water to him.
If your dog is more mermaid than a dog, a kiddie pool or sprinkler could mean an afternoon of fun.
The water will help keep him cool on those hot summer days and keep him occupied, too.
Be Tourists for a Day
The world is becoming more dog-friendly with each passing year.
Sites like BringFido allow pet owners to find the best attractions that allow dogs.
Check online before taking off for the day to see which local tourist hot spots to visit.
Find a nearby restaurant with outdoor patio seating and have a lunch date with Rover.
Search for local beaches that allow dogs and let him meet new friends on your outing.
Of course, you know your dog best.
If you think being near other dogs or delicious restaurant food would be too much, save those activities for another day.
Cold Weather Activities for Dogs
Don’t let cooler weather keep you from taking your dog outside.
There are plenty of activities you two can do together despite the cold and snow.
Do you fancy yourself a skier?
Does Fido like to go running?
How about combining the two with skijoring this winter?
Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by an animal or vehicle.
To do this with your pet, connect him with a long line from his harness to your skis.
Your dog may not catch on right away, but a little bit of patience goes a long way.
Start by teaching him turning and stopping commands before you head out to do long distances.
Go for a Walk
Don’t let a little bit of cold or snow stop you from walking your dog this winter.
You don’t need to go for an hour-long walk for him to reap the benefits.
You will need to do a little pre- and post-walk care that you wouldn’t during the summer months.
Before you step out, make sure your dog’s toe hair is clipped.
You may wish to invest in dog boots and a jacket if the weather is particularly chilly.
After your walk, use a warm wet washcloth to wipe your dog’s paws.
This will remove any salt or ice melt before he has a chance to lick his paws.
Prepare a Scavenger Hunt
Dogs have over 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses.
Compare that to the 6 million that humans have, and you’ll see why dogs have such a great sense of smell.
Why not test Fido’s senses by hiding his favorite toys in the snow outside?
Hide things throughout your backyard to test your dog’s tracking skills.
Not only will this be a fun activity, but it’ll also help hone his tracking abilities, too.
Indoor Activities for Dogs
Indoor activities can be just as fun as outdoor ones.
You don’t want to expose your dog to any weather extremes.
Indoor Dog Park
If you’re lucky enough to live near an indoor dog park, take full advantage of it.
They’re often full of fun toys, tunnels, and ramps to occupy your dog.
Plus, if Rover is a social pooch, he’ll have fun making new puppy pals.
Be sure Fido is up-to-date on his vaccines before going to an indoor park.
Play Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a great game to play as it’s both fun and educational.
Your dog will learn commands like sit, stay, and come.
Give him a treat when he’s found you to encourage his good behavior.
Get Active and Have Fun
You don’t need to take Fido for five-mile runs every day to bond with him.
He will be happy with any of the above activities for dogs so long as you’re there.
Check out our Pets section for more ways to enhance your dog’s life.