Activities For Calm Dogs

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Introduction

Calm dogs are the best and here's why: they are really up for just about anything, but also love to just relax and unwind with their owners. They're highly adaptable, but they are also low maintenance, so it really becomes a matter of what the owner feels like doing. On one hand, you could go swimming, on the other, you could visit the most happening dog-friendly restaurant in town together. Sounds like a fun time either way!

Interactive Dog Toys

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Any Day
Cheap
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20 min
Items needed
Interactive Dog Toy
Activity description
The thing about calm dogs that most owners have a hard time coping with is that they're independent. Cats are the primary target for these jokes, about the pet who doesn't care about anyone in the household, but in reality, there are some pretty independent dogs out there who don't even greet their owners. It's best to look at it as what it is: every dog is different. So, why not celebrate that and let your dog play alone, without you? An interactive toy can be at least 20 minutes worth of entertainment, with the incentive being treats. It's a win for your dog, and you, to see them doing something they enjoy.
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Research and purchase the toy
Some interactive dog toys tend to have a small side opening for treats to slip through. The idea is that you fill it with treats, close it, and then the dog comes and paws at it to get treats to come out. Other interactive toys are all about peanut butter. You fill it with about a tablespoon, and watch your dog try to lick it all out of the toy. There are also hide and seek games with toys you can play, such as squeak toys that "hide" in a bigger toy, such as squirrels in tree trunks. You can research online, or ask other pet parents about toys that they find offer mind stimulation for their canine buddy.
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Set up and play
It's important to give your dog plenty of room to play, in case peanut butter or treats start getting everywhere. The great thing about the fun of an interactive toy is that it can be enjoyed both inside and outside. Once you find a spot to set your pup up in, fill the toy with the proper treat, if applicable, sit back and relax while your dog gets busy playing. When your dog has had enough, wash and store the toy until next time!
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National Park Visit

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Sunny Day
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Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Leash
Water
Activity description
Factor the cost of a reusable water bottle, and the entrance fee for the national park (depends on the park and time of year, sometimes it's free), and you have yourself a cheap way to get your calm dog a little more excited. The thing about national parks is that unlike regular parks, they're filled with wildlife. Deer, elk, squirrels, birds, and more can be seen without hiking too far. If your dog tends to find regular life boring, then this is ideal, because this is unlike anything seen on an average day at home. Sometimes having that change of pace, and visual interest that are other animals, is enough to get your dog super happy.
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Prep for the trip
Bring things like the dog leash and a reusable water bottle to the national park with you, since it's bound to be a long excursion. Depending on what you see and how long you care to be there, you could easy spend at least 2 hours exploring. Always bring bags to carry pet waste and any garbage - leave nothing behind! Make sure your dog doesn't bring any toys either, since these items are bound to get lost in such a large park.
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Go exploring
When you get to the park, you can keep driving around until you find a good spot to explore. Areas like lakes, rivers, or forested areas full of life are good ideas. There should be plenty of parking in a national park, so check the map they give you at the entrance for reference. Remember, your dog would love to walk around and explore at this point, so once you park, make sure the leash is on, and get to walking. You'll see wildlife, so your dog should be very excited!
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Car Ride

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Doggy waste bags
Water and water bowl
Leash
Activity description
Sometimes owners get a little concerned about their pooches when the spark of life seems to be missing. You know, that classic dog excitement over everything! Well, this is an ideal activity for owners who want to see that for a change, since calm dogs don't really show that side normally. For this activity, simply snap on the leash, lead your pup to the car, and make sure they have a locked door, so they can't accidentally open it while moving. Then, pick a direction and start driving, preferably somewhere scenic where your dog can have some exciting fun. The spark of life is there, promise!
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Prep for the car ride
Begin by letting your dog know that you're going on a car ride, and snap the leash on. Lead the dog to the car, let them get inside, and then proceed to lock their door. This prevents the door from opening while driving, even if your dog pushes something down with a paw. From there, get in the car, snap your seatbelt on, and you're ready for an adventure.
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Drive and enjoy
It can really be just about anywhere you know there's a lot to see. Any wildlife, or parks, stretches of road with tons of foliage on either side, or somewhere much more exciting than that. So pick a direction you think would offer up some scenic views and get to driving. Your dog will greatly appreciate it. Although your dog may get super-excited over the sights, be certain to keep your eyes on the road.
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Take a break
With all of the gorgeous sights in the vicinity, make a stop for a pee break for your pup. Whether at the park or out in the forest, always pick up after your pet. After a stretch of the legs and a drink of water, hop in the car and head to your next destination.
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More Fun Ideas...

Watch TV

Believe it or not, this is a great idea, especially if you play anything animal related, like Planet Earth, or any animal channels like Animal Planet. Even YouTube videos work. Normally people do this for cats, but if your dog is super calm, and only seems to get excited when there's something new, interesting and fast to watch, then this is a great way to provide entertainment.

Take Your Dog to Work

If you can, consider taking your dog to work every now and then. Since your dog is calm, there won't be chaos in the office as a result. But you will expose your dog to new people and a new environment, which could be great. The newness of it all is exciting, providing new things to sniff and explore. Plus, you get to go home together later, and your dog can recharge their batteries after a long day of being social.

Go to A Restaurant

Believe it or not, there are plenty of restaurants out there that allow dogs. Find one in your city, check out any regulations or restrictions, and head on over there. You get to enjoy a nice meal, maybe bring your dog's food or snacks, and take in some new surroundings.

Conclusion

As you can see, calm dogs are pawsome. They can quickly join you on your exciting adventures, and keep up, but they can also be there when you're too tired to do much of anything. Regardless of their surroundings, they stay level headed, and happy to just be by your side. So, get out there and have some fun with doggo!