Activities For A Dog With The Best Temperament

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Introduction

There are many activities for dogs with certain temperaments, and many times owners must find suitable activities to keep them content as they are being raised. For example, a dog with a laid back, or even “lazy” temperament, such as the Basset Hound will only need a few go-to activities to keep them active and happy. As you may know, dogs like this are perfectly content to be couch potatoes, unless they are used for hunting. Even if they are used for hunting, they still love that couch! If you have a dog that is your family companion and not used for sport or work, it is imperative that you have a few activities that they can do to feel successful and satisfied within their mind, body, and spirit. For the dogs with the best temperament, luckily, there are many fun and stimulating activities that they (and you!) will love!

Social Time

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
60 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Ball
Dog Toys
Pool
Harness and leash (if needed)
Activity description
If you have a dog with a great temperament, social time with another dog or even a few dogs on a sunny day may be what your dog enjoys. Social time for dogs can occur in your fenced in yard with other dogs that you and your companion know very well. This activity can also give you some social time with the dog owners, who may be your friends. It is important to know the disposition of any other dog you allow your dog to run freely and play with. Also, it is important to always be present to deter anything other than fun play. For your social time activities, incorporate balls, frisbees, and other dog toys for your pet and the others to play fetch with and to encourage running and jumping. You can also set up a "baby pool" for them to frolic and jump in. Social interaction with other dogs may be something your dog looks forward to. Since your dog has the best temperament, more than likely getting along with other dogs with good dispositions will be something enjoyable. Only you know your pet, and you know the types of dogs that your dog enjoys being around. Perhaps you can have social time once a week in order for the dogs to really get to know each other and even become more skilled at catching and retrieving.

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Think of who to invite
You may wish to invite your neighbors' dogs, because more than likely you know their temperament. You may also choose to invite a few of your friends' dogs over to romp and play. Be sure you are familiar with the dogs and their personalities so your dog and all the other dogs will have a good time and be safe.
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Get ready for guests
When getting the yard ready, be sure that you have a properly enclosed space. Fill the baby pool and put it in a good spot, lay out various toys around the yard, and have the balls and frisbees handy so you can throw them. This will encourage running and jumping, and even chasing!
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Encourage physical activity
When the dogs are in the yard, throw the balls high into the air at them. You may be surprised at how they may even catch them or chase them as they roll once they hit the ground. Toss the dog toys around the yard, and even toss a few in the pool! Also, don't forget the frisbees as you may have a great frisbee catcher and retriever at the party. With more than one adult present, the dogs will love the stimulation of trying to catch all the fun toys tossed at them.
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Hide the Treat

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Delicious Treats
Activity description
Hide The Treat is the ideal activity for those rainy or cold days. Sometimes, the weather may not be conducive to taking your dog outside. This activity provides a nice amount of stimulation for your dog and is also fun for you! It is a fun indoor activity that will work your dog’s mind and body. Your dog will enjoy looking around the house for their favorite yummies and will be challenged to "find" them in specific areas where you have chosen to hide them. Once a treat is found, your dog will probably get all giddy with satisfaction as they will know a task was accomplished. Hide Those Treats is an inexpensive activity because all you need are dog treats that you would normally purchase. Have fun, but don't hide too many treats - we don't want your dog getting a belly-ache! A good number of treats to hide may be four or five, depending on your dog.

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Put treats in the bag
After putting the treats in a clear bag, shake them around and let your dog see them. You may even choose to give one to your dog so they will know what to look forward to. You may also wish to use a clear container, just as long as your dog can see them!
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Hide the treats
Put your dog in another room or outside for a few minutes. This is so, of course, they cannot see what you are up to! While they are in hiding, quickly hide the treats around the house. You can hide one under the edge of a rug, under the corner of a couch or chair, in a cushion, or behind a table. Try not to make it too difficult, but make it challenging enough that your companion has to work for each treat!
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Watch him hunt them down
You may need to point to the first few treats, but if your dog has a good nose, they may be able to find them unassisted. The first time you play, you may choose to hide them in one area of a room, or in one room altogether. Even if you need to help out a bit, it's okay! Your dog will still enjoy the activity!
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
45 min
Items needed
Dog harness
Leash
Activity description
Hiking is a physical, yet relaxing, activity for dogs as well as their owners. Dogs with the best temperament are able to adapt to different types of trails, and enjoy the walking and the fresh air. There are many hiking trails, and if you are fortunate, you may have a few close to home. You can make hiking as easy or as difficult you would like, according to your dog's physical ability (and yours too, of course!). There are some hiking trails that are easy with a short walking distance, smoother surface, and few hills. There are some trails that have a more rough terrain and are longer in distance. Of course there are moderate hiking areas that are in the middle, and may be just right for you and your dog. Hiking trails are not only in the country, they can also be located along more urban boundaries. These are sometimes paved and may even have a few benches along the way!

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Find your hiking or walking shoes
In order for you take your dog for a hike, whether it is short or long, be sure to wear proper shoes. You may choose to wear a good hiking boot for more difficult trails, or may feel more comfortable in cross-training or running shoes. You may also choose to wear a backpack to carry a water bottle and "potty" clean up baggies.
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Invest in a proper harness
Be sure you have a proper-fitting harness for your dog. A harness is safer than a dog collar, because when pulling back on the dog you do not put pressure on his throat. Your dog may be trained to walk without a lead, however, in a new environment it is better to be safe than sorry!
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Research trails in your area
Before your initial hike, start out slow. Ask around or go online and search for good, easy trails that are close to you. You may also choose to go out on your own and find trails that you know are suitable for your dog. By walking the trail alone at first, you will know of any obstacles or harsh grounds.
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Enjoy your hike!
Walk along the hiking trail of your choice and talk to your dog. Be sure to let your companion stop and sniff around. Once you begin the walk, you may wish to speed up a little for the duration of the trail so both of you can get a nice workout!
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Indoor Basketball

Who says dogs can't play basketball? This game with the literal name is played with, you guessed it, a laundry basket or wicker basket (not too tall!) and a ball. For starters, you will need to teach your dog the "drop" command without using the basket. This may take several sessions. Even the training sessions will work your dog's mind! Once taught the command "drop", move on to the next phase by putting one or two baskets in the room. Point to the basket and say the command "drop!" and see if your dog will drop the dog in the basket for a treat. You may have to actually move the basket up to your dog at first, but eventually your dog will be a true basket-baller!

Bubble Time

Kids are not the only ones who love playing with bubbles! Try them out with your dog! Of course, make sure they are non-toxic, just as you would with kids. Take your dog outside and see how he reacts to several bubbles being blown. Many dogs are quite entertained by closely watching, snapping at, or even chasing bubbles in the air.

Hide and Seek

Do you remember playing Hide and Seek as a kid? Well, dogs like the game as well! If you have a dog with the best temperament, chances are the game will be fun for both of you. You can play Hide and Seek indoors or out. You can also play for as long as you like! Be sure to have very small treats on hand for when you are found. You can assist your dog in finding you by, once hidden, calling out his name. When your dog finds you, you may see that the tail will wag and a look of satisfaction will be upon the face!

Conclusion

Dogs with the best temperament enjoy about anything, and no game is too easy. What you may think is simple, like Hide and Seek, is something that really works those cognitive areas of the brain. Participating in activities with your dog increases the bond between the both of you and keeps your dog feeling satisfied and content. Since your dog does have the best temperament, it is good to keep it that way, and these activities will do the trick!