Activities For A Moody Dog

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Introduction

Is your dog moody? Most people think that canines are always upbeat, happy, and friendly. However, dogs are a lot like people. Some are happy, but others tend to be very moody. Maybe even a bit grumpy? It is not unusual for a dog to also experience sadness or bouts of depression. Such mood swings are especially prominent if your dog has recently undergone the loss of a human or canine friend, undergone a move, or experienced some other significant life change. You probably hate seeing your dog feeling down, so you are searching for ways to make them happy. Here are a few activities that your moody dog might enjoy.

Shopping Excursion

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1 hr
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Activity description
People enjoy shopping because the activity is an immediate mood-lifter. Your dog is not that much different. If you have a moody dog, then a great way to lift your pooch's spirits is to take them shopping. Set your sights on visiting a pet store that welcomes four-legged shoppers. Remember, this shopping trip is not about what you need but what your dog needs. You are going to let your pooch pick out some toys, see some people, meet other dogs, and have fun. You will be surprised at what an instant mood-lifter a shopping trip can be.
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Picking out a toy
Remember that this shopping trip is all about your four-legged buddy. Yes, you can stock up on some pet supplies but you should also let your pooch pick out a special toy. Take your buddy down the toy aisle and if your pooch sees an item that captures their attention. If so, indulge your moody pup! A special toy can make your dog's tail start wagging and instantly change their disposition.
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Meet and greet
If your dog lives in a single dog household they may be lonely for canine companionship. If you run into another dog during your shopping trip and the pooch seems friendly, why not introduce your furry buddy to the new dog? Some dogs just adore meeting others and making doggy friends everywhere they go. However, prior to letting your dog sniff a stranger, please be sure to ask the owner's permission.
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It's all about the treats
Virtually every pet store offers treats to their furry shoppers. When you are checking out, let the store clerk provide a tasty morsel to your pooch. A few stores even let your dog choose which tasty snack they might want to try before you check out and leave the store. Picking a treat is as much fun as choosing a toy, so don't overlook the activity!
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Lunch Date

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If your dog is feeling down, why not take them to lunch? Nowadays, many businesses welcome pets. Many even have pet-friendly patios where your dog can lay beside you while you enjoy a refreshment or dine on a tasty meal. Microbreweries also often welcome well-behaved canines. Your furry buddy will enjoy going to such an establishment and people watching. Many restaurants even provide a refreshing bowl of water or doggy treats for your buddy. Be sure to call ahead to make sure that your dog is welcome and make any reservations if necessary.
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Choosing a table
When you first arrive at a dog-friendly restaurant you might have to wait to be seated. However, some establishments let you choose where you sit with your dog, especially if you will be dining on the patio. Ideally, you should choose a table that is away from the hustle and bustle but still affords views of the patrons so your dog can soak up all the sights and sounds. Most dogs like a location where they feel safe but where they can also view everything going on around them.
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Ordering for both of you
If your dog is not on a strict diet, why not order something that you can each enjoy? Maybe a nice chicken meal and you can give your buddy a few bites of chicken? Food and good company should put your furry buddy in a good mood. Also, be sure to ask for a bowl of water for your dog if the establishment does not automatically offer a refreshing canine beverage.
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Getting to know the patrons
If the restaurant is a dog-friendly location it will not be uncommon to see other canines with their owners sitting around. If your pooch is friendly, why not strike up a conversation with a fellow dog owner? Maybe their dog and your dog will hit it off and become best buddies. Some canines are very social and will instantly perk up when introduced to another pooch.
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Getaway

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24 hrs
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When a human starts to feel down they often feel like getting away from it all. Well, your dog isn't much different. If your pup has been overly moody plan an overnight trip to a resort that welcomes pets and offers a small bed and breakfast. You can spend time together, relax, and enjoy the change. Your furry buddy will love exploring a new place. Most dogs relish the exciting sights, sounds, and smells. If you pick a pet-friendly location, there will be places to walk and things to do together. Many resorts are located near the water so you can dip a toe or go boating.
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Check out the room
When you first arrive at the resort or hotel you will want to take a little time to let your pet check out the room. There are lots of new things to smell in the room and your dog will want to become familiar with the entire space. If room service is available, why not order some tasty food items that you both can enjoy? Sharing a meal in a quiet room is often a wonderful way for your and your canine buddy to relax.
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Fun adventures
Take some time to ask the front desk about activities that you can enjoy with your dog. If the resort is close to a lake or a river, opt for a long walk along the shore. If the hotel is in the heart of the city, you can ask about a local dog park where your buddy can stretch their legs. Some bed and breakfast locations are in the mountains and surrounded by trails. If you are staying by the beach inquire about local dog-friendly beaches.
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Snuggle time
After a long day of exploring with your dog enjoy some downtime together at the room. If you are staying in a pet-friendly room it is perfectly acceptable to welcome your furry buddy onto the bed with you. You can stream a movie together and just quietly read. Your dog will relish spending time with you in the exciting hotel room. Sometimes a simple overnight trip is all it takes to make your dog happy.
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Pet Bakery

In urban locations, pet bakeries are starting to spring up everywhere. The bakeries smell heavenly and are a great way to appeal to your dog's taste buds. Most canines love food, so a smell-good bakery will instantly improve their mood. A lot of the bakeries sell small bags that you can choose to fill with a variety of different tasty biscuits. You can sit at the bakery together while your dog enjoys the crunchy treats or head home.

Car Trip

If your dog doesn't suffer from motion sickness, they most likely adore road trips. If your little buddy has been suffering from the blues lately then a car trip might lift their spirits. Be sure to place your pooch into a canine-designed car seat or a crate. Once your dog is firmly secured, then you can roll down the window a bit and turn on the tunes. Most dogs enjoy feeling the wind in their fur. You might even want to stop for some take-out or fast-food somewhere to make the outing even more special.

Conclusion

If you own a moody dog, then you have probably learned to read your pooch well.  You know if your dog is feeling down. Some canines even reflect their owners' emotions. If you are feeling depressed, then your furry buddy might be feeling down too. Any of the above activities are sure to help your pooch rise out of the doldrums and start wagging their tail again in happiness. Remember, the best thing you can do for your pet is spend time with them. Your dog wants to share your companionship more than anything in the world so planning an activity together will be a fun respite for both of you.