Activities For Architects With Dogs

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Introduction

When you’re an architect, the world just comes alive in a different way, doesn’t it? Everywhere you go, you see structure. You notice its fluidity and strength, its unique qualities and ties to old traditions. How do you include your dog on this magical journey of yours? How can they become a part of the way you view and imagine the world? There are actually quite a few ways to make sure you’re filling your architect’s soul while also filling your dog-loving heart.

Dog Space Redecoration

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Sketchpad
New or used furniture
Storage bins
Handmade items
Space to work
Activity description
You’re going to love this project, no matter if it’s a rainy day or not. This is a wonderful way to give your pooch a space of their own. If your dog is like most, they have a lot of stuff. This way, you can keep everything in one place. You might choose to decorate your dog’s outside realm or indoor nook. Perhaps you could designate a spot on your deck, patio, or wrap-around porch to your dog. Just giving them a little space that is uniquely theirs is what counts. And today, we’ll talk about some fun things you can include just for them. Whether it’s games, doggie furniture, toys, or accessories, you’re already a step closer to giving your pup a cool area they can claim as their “own room.”
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Sketch a plan
You’ve got a great artistic eye, so we know you can handle this part. Consider the space you have, whether it’s large or pretty small. If you can designate an entire room in the house or a little covered area in the garage, that’ll be great. Sketch out your plan for the “dog room.” Fill the drawing with what you dream for the space.
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Gather materials
Next, look around the house or head to the store for supplies, furniture, and toys. You might even decide to build a few things for storage and for your pup to play on. These are wonderful places of activity, so when you leave your fur child at home, you know they have somewhere to go during storms or when they get bored.
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Test the waters
Encourage them to enter their new area by placing their food, water, a few old toys, treats, and maybe even a favorite pillow or bed in the space. More than likely, they’ll warm up to their dog room pretty quickly. Play with them in the new area, and pretty soon, they’ll know the area is theirs. You might even invite a dog pal over to play with them in their new room.
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Architectural Marvel

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
Doggie overnight supplies
Map and destination
Camera and phone
Activity description
If your fur baby is a road-tripping king or queen, then this activity may be just what you’re looking for. You more than likely have an architectural marvel that you’ve been dying to go and see. Well, go. And take your dog with you! You’ll have someone to talk to, sing with, and take breaks with along the road. They’ll love being with you and getting out of the house or yard. So, if you’re sitting around with nothing to do this weekend, load up your stuff and theirs. Hit the dusty trail and see something you’ve always dreamed of seeing.
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Choose a destination
If you’re taking your pooch along for the trip, then you’ll want to choose a structure that you can admire from the outside. More than likely, your pup won’t be admitted inside. So choose an architectural marvel that you may observe from city streets or nature itself. There are plenty of unique designs that can be looked upon in this manner.
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Pack your bags and go
You’ve got to pack your bags and your doggo’s. Don’t forget all of the pooch essentials. We recommend making a list (and checking it twice). If you’re going a long way, then be sure things you’ll need along the way are easily accessible during the ride and when you make stops en route. Make arrangements for a dog-friendly hotel room if you think you need it. Or camp instead!
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Take pics and remember this forever
You’ll want to remember this day for sure because it was time well-spent with your fluffy kindred spirit. So, take pictures. Pose with your pooch, but also remember to take pics of the marvel. You’ll be able to study it from any angle you choose if you’re capturing images of it from all the angles possible. Most of all, have fun!
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Nature and City Exploration

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Harness and leash
Doggie waste bags
Food, water, and treats
Activity description
If you’re looking to get out and about with your dog while still taking in some architectural beauty, then you’re in luck, and you probably don’t have to venture very far for all the magic. Your pup is going to love getting out and smelling all the new nature or city smells. They’ll also enjoy spending time with you as you enjoy hanging with them and studying all the architecture around you. This can be great if you’re kind of stuck on a project and you’re in need of inspiration. Sometimes, a piece of a building or something in nature will give you that spark of energy you’re lacking to complete a design. Grab your fur baby and go!
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Select a destination
Choose whether you want to explore the architecture in the city or in nature itself. You can’t go wrong with either place. Perhaps you and your dog need a little break from city life. Head for the woods and sunshine, but let someone know exactly where you’re going. If you’re used to the country quiet, then plan to head to the city instead.
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Wonder as you wander
Think as you walk and talk with your dog. They’ll be exploring for sure, but you should be taking everything in as well. If you’re in nature, watch your surroundings. If you’re in the city, pay attention to what’s nearby as well. Be safe, but be sure to wonder as you wander around.
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Stop for breaks
Don’t feel guilty for stopping for breaks. Your fur child needs a break every now and then. You can stop and stare for a moment, or maybe sit down for a spell and write or doodle about what you’ve seen. This way, when you get back home, you can flip through your notebook for inspiration.
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More Fun Ideas...

Design Discussions

Invite a fellow architect and dog-lover to the park. Play with your dogs as you discuss your latest projects and future dreams. Maybe the two of you can even dream up a dog park if your town doesn’t have one. Present it to your community. Good luck!

Design and Build a Unique Doghouse

Get your sketch pad and tools out. Design a unique dog house for your little buddy, and then build it yourself. Watching how pieces fit together and work may change your perspective. But also, your dog just gets a really cool new place to hang out.

Conclusion

Architects have beautiful minds, and they also have beautiful dogs that are worthy of their time and energy. We hope that these activities at least inspire you to take your pup along for your journeys. So many places can speak to the architect’s personality and mindset. Open yourself up to them, and keep your doggo right beside you as you do!