Activities For A Sweet Dog

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Introduction

There’s no doubt about it: your fur child is the ultimate sweetheart! You know it, they know it, and plenty of others know it. Wherever your pup goes, everyone can’t get over how incredibly lovable and kind your precious baby truly is. Today, we’ll look at ways you can put that positive, sweet energy to use. Your doggo has the chance to be a much-needed, tender, and happy force in the world. Unleash those puppy powers!

Become a Therapy Dog

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1 hr
Items needed
A tester/observer
Detailed research
Training classes (optional)
Activity description
If you’ve got a sweetie pie dog on your hands, you might consider therapy dog testing. It’s really all about temperament, so check into it if you’re at all interested. Therapy dogs are sweet, calm, and inspiring doggie souls that often help heal those in the hospital. And actual links have shown medical communities that there’s something to be said for the love of an affectionate dog. If your pooch absolutely enjoys human company and loves to cuddle and give puppy kisses to all who hold them, give this a shot. It can open up a new world of opportunities for you and your pet.
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Know the requirements
Your dog must be at least one year old to become a therapy dog. They can be any size or breed of dog (or mix), as long as they’re cool, collected, and friendly in every situation. They must be completely at ease when being handled by strangers, maybe even by people who have never really held an animal before. Check on pet, handler, and renewal fees.
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Passing the test
As a therapy dog, your good boy or girl will be permitted in hospitals, retirement centers, schools, local libraries, and more. Some therapy dogs go to training classes to prepare, and others are trained at home. They must go through a test that observes their manners, temperament, and your skills as their handler.
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Supervision
After that test, a tester observes your pup during three visits to medical centers. If all goes well, after some followup paperwork, you and your dog will be welcomed to the therapy dog team! The gig isn’t the same as that of a service dog, but therapy dogs do get to cross into a few new worlds and do some really sweet work.
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Visit Shut-Ins

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2 hrs
Items needed
Small gifts
Harness and leash
Doggie waste bags
Dog treats and toys
Activity description
Your doggo doesn’t have to be a certified therapy dog to do some good in the world. You can simply call up a few shut-ins that you know and head their way with your pooch in tow. It’s great if you can take a small gift with you; baked goods, homemade cards, or small trinkets to commemorate the visit are sweet gestures, of course. Your friends will enjoy seeing your fur baby. Be sure to take some dog treats and toys so that your pet can do their tricks for their audience and also play when they appear to be getting restless.
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Call ahead
Your plan is to bring your doggie, so be sure to call ahead and make sure that’s all right. Often, people are completely okay with this. They may ask you to sit on the porch instead of indoors, and that’s pawfectly pawesome. They’ll be so happy you made the trip and brought some fluffy entertainment with you.
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Quality time
Your dog is definitely great for breaking the ice. And if the conversation ever comes to a lull, you can always talk about the pup. More than likely, they’re the center of attention anyway. As the shut-in pets your fur child, talk about problems and pain, but don’t forget to look on the bright side as well. Your visit should add some sweet sunshine to your friend’s day!
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Plan another visit soon
Too often, these types of visits can be short-lived and too sparse. Spend a healthy, positive hour (at least) with this individual. And plan to make this kind of thing happen again soon. You might even schedule a regular visit if you think you can commit. That will give the shut-in something to look forward to.
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Doggie Card Making

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1 - 2 hours
Items needed
Camera
Printed photos of your dog
Paper, glue, and markers
Other craft supplies
Activity description
This is an easy and doggone good way to literally “make” someone’s day! You know you take tons of photos of your pup on the regular, so why not put those pics to some excellent use? Old-fashioned, homemade cards are great to receive. It shows that you thought enough about a person to spend some time creating something original instead of simply heading to the store for a generic message. And what makes a card better than any other card? Photos of the cutest, sweetest doggo around. This is a wonderful way to express the fact that you care about someone deeply, and your sweetie pie pooch can even help you deliver it. What a treat! These are nice for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, promotions, retirements, and more.
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Print pics and craft the cards
We know that cell phone is loaded down with photos of your pet. Don’t hide it. Print them, and use them to brighten someone’s day. After you have your prints, make a plan for your card. This is a great activity for the kids or grandchildren. They can cut parts of the picture out and make a funny or inspirational card that centers on their sweetheart puppy!
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Write a heartfelt, sweet message
Words are powerful, and they can last even when you and your dog aren’t around. It’s wonderful to pay someone a visit or to call and chat, but a card allows someone to linger in your written thoughts of them whenever they choose. And your pet’s adorable face will be there to make them smile whenever they hold that card close.
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Hand-deliver your creation
We understand that sometimes, you have no choice but to mail the card. And it’s so fantastic to receive things via snail mail, especially when so much is transferred over the web and our phones. But if you and your dog can hand-deliver your homemade card, that’ll certainly be a terrific treat for the recipient.
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Random Acts of Kindness

You don’t have to know someone to love them. Your pup definitely knows this lesson. Their sweet nature has always known it. With your pooch in tow, help your neighbors unload their groceries, wait with someone who’s having car trouble, or maybe even let your dog carry around lollipops in a saddle pouch. Kids can pet your fur child and then receive a treat.

Raise Funds for a Local Charity

Spend some time researching local causes. They may be animal-centered or not. Let your doggie become the face of your fundraiser. You might be surprised by how much you raise together. People love dogs! And they’ll open their wallets pretty freely for a pooch with a mission.

Conclusion

Your sweet dog has so much to offer. Your family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers will benefit from their kind spirit. Many dogs know how to love; it’s just ingrained in their spirits. So, let your pup love freely. Let them be themselves and help others along life’s joyous and difficult roads.