Activities For A Good-Natured Dog

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Introduction

Your warmhearted doggo is maybe a little bored these days, and you’re looking for activities to keep that positive, friendly, and patient spirit going. Yes, your pup is known for their amazing personality that lures people of all ages and is even kind to other animals. We at Wag! love this dog so much already, and we hope today you’ll learn a few things about what you can do to get your good-natured pooch more involved, active, and social.

Special Guest at Parties

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Any Day
Free
Normal
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Doggie Waste Bags
Leash
Advertising methods
Actual invitations to parties/events
Activity description

You guys (and dogs), we’re serious! Let people know that you’re interested in bringing your dog in for special appearances at their events. These could be holiday shindigs or birthday parties. Your dog is good-natured, and they’re great for socializing with people. And people love dogs! You might perform an act with your friendly pooch or simply make a grand entrance and visit. Dogs can be the key factor in breaking the ice if you have a bunch of new folks who might be strangers to each other in the room or on the deck. If dogs are permitted, you’re in business. And really, this could become a side business.

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Decide on your niche
If you want to make a go at this, you’ll need something that “sells.” Even if you’re volunteering your time, you’ll still need that niche that makes you and your furry partner special and entertaining. Costumes, tricks, routines, unique haircuts or dog-safe fur paint/makeup - all of these can help spice up any party.
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Advertise
Make yourself a Facebook page, Instagram account, and flyers. Spread the word by posting your dog’s face around your local area. Hopefully, you’ll get some messages that invite you along to showcase your good-natured, talented good ole boy or girl. Whether it’s kids or adult, your four-legger is sure to be a hit!
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Showtime
Consider your audience always. Be sure that everything you perform is age-appropriate. And maybe your niche is that your pup is just perfect with strangers and loves to snuggle any and everyone. That’s fine. Our country is obsessed with dogs, so puppy-themed birthdays are definitely a thing.
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Lemonade Stand

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Lemonade
Table and chairs
Harness and leash
Doggie waste bags
Activity description
We’re taking you back to your childhood days, dog-lovers! This time, you’re bringing your pup along. Hey, it’s not so far “fetched.” Snoopy definitely saw a few lemonade stands in his day (and even a few psychiatric help stands). We’re looking at you, Lucy van Pelt. Anyway, let all that nostalgia kick in, and let your dog be a part of this experience. Nothing brings a little old-fashioned joy to people like a lemonade stand on a Sunday afternoon. If you have kids, bring them along as well. All hands and paws on deck! The more the merrier! Ah, the memories are so sweet.
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Make lemonade and choose a frequented location
When life gives you lemons, or even if you have to go buy them, make lemonade! Set up in a neighborhood spot where there’s a good bit of slow-moving traffic and even room for parking. FYI: Near a park is a prime location. Be sure adults are present at all times. The kiddos and doggos need to be cared for, obviously.
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Set up and serve
Include a sign or tip jar with your mission on it. Let your friends, neighbors, and community members know what their money is helping. Or, if you simply want to do a free-for-all stand, then go for it. You and your doggo may be out to bring smiles to people’s faces. We won’t argue with that.
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It doesn't have to be lemonade...
You might serve hot cocoa if it’s winter or apple cider during the fall. When we think lemonade, it often reminds us of summer. Fruity teas or punch is great for spring. Don’t forget to have some plain ole water on hand for thirsty pups that might pass by. When the author and her little fur child did this at a Relay for Life celebration, they also passed out balloons.
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Bubble Chase

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog-safe bubbles
Open area to play
Activity description
Speaking of some nostalgia, we’re at it again with this one. It’s very likely that your good-natured dog will enjoy some good-natured, old-fashioned fun. Bubbles used to be such entertainment back in the day, and they can still be exciting now. You can actually purchase dog-safe bubbles online (some are even bacon flavored). Your fur child will exert a lot of energy running around the park, yard, or covered deck, chasing those iridescent floaters. Your kids, significant other, and even new friends can join in the fun, blowing bubbles and chasing them as well. Your dog will love being in the midst of all the activity and laughter.
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Gather supplies and select a pawfect location
You can order dog bubbles online or pick them up at your local pet store. As for your location, choose a wide open area. Bubbles travel, and we don’t want humans or dogs keeping their eyes on the bubbles and running into trees, poles, chairs, and holes. Be sure the area is large and safe for all.
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Blow bubbles low and high
Your dog probably isn’t as tall as your kids or friends. Even if they are, you’ll want to keep the bubbles moving down low and up higher. Make it a challenge but not so challenging that your pup becomes discouraged. This is best played on a calm, sunny day when the wind isn’t whipping and carrying bubbles off too quickly. Also, there are machines that blow the bubbles for you now. Just saying.
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Invite friends to Wag! along
Bubble chase is definitely fun when it’s simply you and your kindred spirit, but it’s also fun to invite a friend and another dog pal along for the fun. You could meet in the park after work, play in the yard this Saturday, or even have some fun under the covered deck on a rainy day. If you play on the deck, the “chase” factor tends to diminish.
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Dogsit for a Friend

Volunteer to dogsit for a friend sometimes. If you know they’re going on vacation or will just be out of town for the day, then offer to entertain their pooch. Your good-natured buddy will love having the playmate, even if only for a few hours.

Foster a Dog

You might consider fostering pets if you’ve got a good-natured dog on your hands. You and your fur child could provide a safe place for a pup in need. Think about it! It’s a big responsibility, but fostering is so rewarding.

Conclusion

You’re good-natured, your dog is good-natured, and we can almost guarantee that you’re in for some good-natured fun no matter what you do. But we hope some of these activities speak (or howl) to you. We love our Wag! community and want you to have the best time with your canine champ!