The 10th month of your dog's life is a tricky age to be in; your pup will look like a fully grown dog but there are still lots of areas of growth and development waiting to happen, albeit at a slower pace. As your puppy approaches the 10th month mark, they will still need some guidance and will still crave attention and reward. Although some of the usual puppy “antics” may show up every now and then, at this age, your dog is well on the way to becoming an adult. When thinking about activities to do with your 10-month old, you have to take into consideration that they are still considered a puppy and that their bones and joints are still developing. Hence, you should not go for activities that are too strenuous. Below are a few activity ideas for your 10-month old dog.
The majority of dogs love
to play in the water. Water-based activities are also ideal for growing pups. This
is because swimming and other water games are low-impact, meaning that your
puppy’s maturing bones and joints will not be put under too much stress. Also, playing
in the water is fun and refreshing. More importantly, when you introduce the
water to puppies at an early stage, they will learn a new life skill and
become more confident in an aquatic setting for the rest of their lives. The
best time to go swimming with your dog is when the skies are clear and the
weather is warm. Depending on where you choose to go swimming, the price for
this activity can range from free to cheap.
There is nothing that a dog enjoys more than a good ol’ game of fetch. As cliché as this game may seem, it remains to be a favorite among the dog owners because of its many benefits, since the game enables your dog to remain physically and mentally stimulated. Also, this activity is not that taxing on your 10-month old pup as it requires just a little bit of running and more of staying alert. Fetch can be played almost anywhere, but some good options are in your backyard, a dog park or along the beach shore. The best part about this activity is that it costs nothing!
The best time to teach a dog new tricks is at a young age, because this is when they are most alert and responsive to commands. 10 months is a great age since dogs are already physically and mentally developed. This activity serves as a physical and mental workout for your pooch. The best part about trick training is that it can be done within the comforts of your home and does not require any extra equipment or expenses. For a different environment, you may even bring your dog to a park and do the training there. With this activity, you get to instill discipline in your dog and at the same time get to form a bond between the two of you.
Digging is a natural behavior for dogs. However, when your pup starts digging up your garden, it can be quite messy and stressful. To avoid this while still indulging your dog’s innate need to dig, set up a designated place for digging. All you need is a specific digging area or even a box filled with soil. This will enable your dog to dig within a restricted environment. You may even add more excitement by burying some toys for your dog to find.
Dogs love going for a walk. Taking a stroll around your neighborhood, along the beach or at a park is a great way to stimulate your dog and keep them active. Walks are also fun because your dog gets to see new sights and hear new sounds. Plus, this time spent together can help you form a closer connection with your pooch.
10-month old dogs are full of life and energy. However, they still have a lot of maturity and development to go through, both physically and mentally speaking. Take advantage of this age to teach your dog new things and build their stamina. The abovementioned activities are good options for your growing pup.