Activities For Active Dogs

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Introduction

Does your dog always seem to be doing something, with the exception of laying down and resting? If so, than you may have an active dog. Active dogs can be found in many different breeds and at all different ages. An active dog is a lot of fun to have around and will make an excellent companion, one who is typically ready and willing for anything. Fortunately, when your pup is active, there are a myriad of activities you can do together that cost little to no money. These activities will keep your active pooch engaged while also providing the opportunity for the two of you to bond.

Search and Rescue

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Any Day
Free
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1 - 6 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
If your dog likes to keep moving, search and rescue may be an ideal activity for you and your pup to participate in together. Working in search and rescue will require that both of you attend training, which is a great opportunity for you to further develop your bond with one another. The training will keep your active dog busy, as they learn skills that will help them to assist people that are in trouble. Once trained, you and your pooch can join a search and rescue group. Calls will come in and if you and your pup are available, you can be of assistance in the rescue effort. Being a part of a search and rescue group will offer you and your pup the chance to spend more time together, meet like-minded people, and be of assistance in your community.
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Seek out training opportunities
If you think search and rescue may be a fit for you and your pup, start researching training opportunities in your area. It is a good idea to speak with others who are involved in search and rescue as well, to learn more about what the work involves. While it is great that your active pup enjoys keeping busy and wandering in the wilderness, if you want to participate in search and rescue, it is important that you enjoy that too. If you have not been doing so already, take your dog out on long hikes and see how you both enjoy it.
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Gain skills and certification
Once you have found training opportunities that appear to be a match for you and your pooch, you can get started. While attending training, continue to get to know those involved in search and rescue work. Ask questions and learn as much as you can. Chances are that you will not only learn how to be successful in the work, but you (and your dog) will meet new people and build new friendships. And of course, the additional time together will further the bond you have with your canine companion.
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Get out there!
Once you and your dog are trained, you can begin your involvement in search and rescue. There will likely be numerous opportunities to participate and you and your pooch can be involved as your availability allows. A great way to keep your active pup busy, you and your dog will be providing a significant service by help to find and assist those who are lost or injured in the outdoors.
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Dog Park Visit

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Free
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Treats
Activity description
Dog parks will offer a myriad of opportunities for your active canine. For one thing, the dog park is a great place for your dog to socialize. This is important for your pooch, as you want to be sure that they are comfortable around other dogs and people. Dog parents that bring their pups to the dog park are typically open to their pup socializing with others and therefore your dog will be encouraged to say "hello" and meet others. The dog park will also allow your active pup to get their energy out; you pal can run around with the other dogs as well as play games with you within the confines of the area, offer a great opportunity for them to bond with others and their favorite human!
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Get prepared
Come prepared so that you and your canine can make the most out of your trip to the dog park. Pack plenty of water as well as a bowl for your pooch to drink out of. Treats are also helpful for a trip to the dog park. Brings toys that you and your pup can play with together; a ball or frisbee for example. It is important to bring bags for your dog's waste so that you can do your part to keep the dog park clean. Definitely bring your dog's leash; you will want to keep your pup on their leash as you enter the dog park.
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Choose your park
Depending upon where you live, you may have multiple options of dog parks in your area. You can check them out in person or learn about them online. You will likely find different things about each park that may be appealing to you. Some may be larger and have more room for running, making it a great option for an energetic dog who can't get enough running. Other parks may be more intimate, some parks will feature more shade and some will be more crowded than others. You can make a plan to try all of the parks in your area or stick with one that best suits you and your pooch.
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Have fun!
There are multiple ways for you and your canine companion to have a great time at the dog park. Once you are inside and the gate is closed, you can let your dog off leash so that they can run around, explore and make new friends. One of the great things about visiting the dog park is that each day is a new adventure and an opportunity to meet others (both for you and your pup). Should your dog not engage with any other canines during a particular trip, you are prepared to step in and engage them with a ball or frisbee. Your dog will enjoy chasing these items and you will feel comfortable that they are in a fenced in area. Regardless of the activity your dog participates in during a trip to the dog park, make sure to offer your pet plenty of water so that they do not get dehydrated.
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Walk or Hike

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Any Day
Free
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and water bowl
Treats
Activity description
Active dogs love going on walks. One of the great things about taking your dog for a walk is that the walk can be personalized to the capabilities and energy level of your pooch. Some pups, for example, will love going on a hike, where they may have the opportunity to climb up and down hills and run in the wilderness. Walks and hikes can be short and easy (on flat land for example) or longer and more challenging (with elevation gain and loss, rocky terrain). As you get to know your pup, you will get a feel for what they will enjoy and can incorporate that into what you are comfortable with and find appealing. Walking and hiking can provide you and your pup with hours of free activity, offering the chance for both of you to get exercise, enjoy one another's company, and further build your relationship.
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Determine difficulty
First you will want to determine what type of walk your pooch will be up to. Think about how your dog does on the walks you currently take as well as the temperature where you planning to walk. Even the most active dog will seek to rest regularly in the bright sun during high temperatures. If you are not sure, it is best to start small; plan on a short walk on relatively flat land. You can build from there, adding distance and elevation gain and loss.
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Hit the road (or the trail)
Once you have a plan, you can go ahead and hit the road or the trail. Even if you are hiking on a trail, make sure to bring your dog's leash. Many trails require that your pooch be on a leash when being walked. It is also important that you bring water for your pup as well as a bowl (regular or portable) so that they can drink as they need and want and remain hydrated. Bringing treats is also a good idea; treats are a great way to distract your dog when you encounter other people or dogs. Should the weather be cool or cold, and your pooch does not have a lot of fur, a sweater or jacket for your dog will be a good addition.
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Relax and treat
Once you have completed your walk or hike, it is time for some well-deserve relaxing time with your pup. Make sure to offer your buddy water upon arriving home and reward your pooch with a treat (or two). Depending on the difficulty of your journey, your dog (and you) may be ready for some rest. This is the perfect time to snuggle on the couch, getting some rest and enjoying one another's company.
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Water Activities

Why not introduce your active dog to water? While some dogs are hesitant about coming in contact with H20, many enjoy the opportunity to splash around in the wet stuff. And during warm days, this is a great way to cool off. You can start small, using a plastic kiddie pool. Fill the pool up with a small amount of water and let your pooch check it out. As they get more comfortable, you can add more water to the pool. If your pup enjoys the pool, you can move on to the larger water sources, like rivers, lakes and even the ocean. Not only can your pup splash and swim, you can even play fetch with them in the water.

Take a Camping Trip

A camping trip will offer you and your pup quality time together to enjoy the outdoors. With hours to fill after setting up camp, you and your active dog can take walks, go on hikes, and check out any lakes or rivers near your camping spot. After a day of adventure, you and your canine buddy can relax in front of the campfire, enjoying one another's company and the satisfaction of your shared experience. Make sure to introduce your pup to the tent prior to your trip so that they have the chance to become comfortable with it before you take your trip.

Hide and Seek

A simple game that can be played anywhere, hide and seek will keep your pup occupied for a good amount of time. The game is fun and can even help your pooch develop tracking skills. To start a game of hide and seek, tell your best buddy to "stay". Should following that command not be a strong point for your pup, you may want to include a friend who can hold your pal by their collar. As your dog waits, you can choose a place to hide. Start with easy places where your dog can easily locate you. You can then make things more difficult for your pup. Once your pooch finds you, reward them with treats and praise. Keep playing as long as you and your dog like. To make things more challenging for your pal, ask a few friends to hide as well and encourage your pup to find everyone.

Conclusion

An active canine is a lot of fun to be with and will be ready to participate in a myriad of activities. Choose activities that both you and your pup enjoy and make sure to follow your dog's lead. Should they be struggling, make sure to take a break so that your pup can rest. If your dog does not seem to enjoy an activity,  you can consider slowing it down or choosing a new activity that may be more to their liking. By spending time with your active pup, you will be able to further deepen the bond that you share.