Activities For Casual Dogs

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Introduction

Dogs typically have a knack for running around, playing and being hyperactive. However, there are some specific ones that are as happy relaxing on the couch as they are when outside at the park. Casual dogs are some of the best kinds because they are easily pleased and do not expend much effort. Also, they can be great cuddle buddies whenever you need one. This isn’t to say that you and your dog should only engage in laid back activities. Your dog still needs to get a decent amount of exercise in to stay healthy. Here are some of the best activities you can do with your casual and relaxed pooch. 

Dog Spa

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

Dog spas started out as a trendy idea that has now become a legitimate business, with a net worth of over $5 billion annually, and there’s a reason why. Dog owners love the idea of their best furry friends being pampered and cared for. Dog spas also save dog owners the hassle of grooming, hosing down or bathing their dogs regularly. Some dog spas even go the extra mile and offer various types of services such as “pawdicures”, the pet version of pedicures, nail polishing, massages, facials and the like. Whatever the service is, your laid back pooch will surely enjoy being pampered. 

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Find a dog spa
Dog spas can be found in just about any city in the country; you just have to find one that meets all your requirements. Some of the factors that you may consider include budget, proximity, services offered, and facilities. When you find one, get in touch and call to ask any questions and to make reservations ahead of time, if necessary.
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Let your dog be pampered
When you find the dog spa that you want to bring your dog to, prepare everything needed, if any. Make your way to the dog spa and make the necessary payments for your dog. Pick out the services that you want for your dog and let the spa employees work their magic.
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Kayaking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Kayak
Flotation vest
Water
Activity description

When you have a dog that is casual and laid back, you may find kayaking to be an ideal activity for you and your pup. This is because casual dogs enjoy staying still and lounging while on the kayak, as opposed to active dogs who might fidget and move around a lot. In case your kayak capsizes, dogs are typically good at swimming. For this reason, dogs make the perfect kayaking buddy. There are, however, still some things to consider. Firstly, you have to take into account your dog’s size; the bigger your dog is, the bigger and more durable your kayak should be. Another thing is that your dog should have a good grasp of typical dog commands. Lastly, it is recommended to choose a calm place to kayak in to avoid any accidents.  

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Get your gear ready
Before going out for a kayak ride, pack all the basic needs. Even if your dog is an experienced swimmer, you may want to bring a flotation vest for safety purposes. Also, don’t forget to pack food and water to keep your dog hydrated and fed during your kayaking excursion.
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Paddle away!
Head on to your chosen place for kayaking, whether at a lake or river nearby. Before getting on your kayak, try out the commands that you will be using and see if your dog is trained well enough to follow your instructions. You would not want your dog to suddenly jump in while you are in the middle of the water. Once you’ve got all the commands down, get your dog in the kayak and paddle away.
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Doggy Playdate

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Food
Water
Treats (optional)
Activity description

Dogs, like humans, need to socialize and interact with fellow canines. The best solution for this is to set up a playdate. Although it seems like a simple task, a successful playdate actually takes a lot of careful planning. You have to consider how well the participating canines will mesh with each other. Also, you have to be prepared with the possible outcome of the event. In addition, if you will be hosting the fun, you will have to present enough food and water for the dogs and be ready to clean up after all the mess that will be left behind. 

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Pick a day
Remember that the first priority when setting up a playdate is your dog. Therefore, you have to take into consideration your dog’s likes and needs. When picking out a “date”, you should choose a match that is around the same size and age. Preferably, you should also pick playmates with the same energy levels. This is to avoid other dogs being overwhelmed or injured in case one dog is bigger or more energetic than the other. Of course, this is not always the case. However, the general idea is to choose dogs that are evenly matched.
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Find a neutral location
When you’ve picked out potential play dates, the location is the next thing to plan for. Ideally, a neutral location where it is safe to let your dog off-leash but spacious enough for dogs to play in, is the best choice. Some good choices include a dog park or a yard that has a fence. If going to a public place, however, find out the rules of the area.
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Let the dogs take over
The meet-up is obviously the most crucial part of the playdate. When the dogs face each other, let them feel each other out and get them to interact. Also, have them observe their surroundings and familiarize themselves with their environment. It is crucial that the dogs start to socialize without your intervention. The focus of playdates should be on the dogs, so keep an eye out for the dogs and their reactions towards each other.
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Go for a walk

When it comes to exercise ideas for casual dogs, nothing beats a regular stroll. Dogs with a casual personality might enjoy an occasional jog or two but in general, they most likely prefer to take things slow and just walk. A 30-minute stroll is a great way to exercise your laid back dog without wearing them out. 

Drive-in movie

When watching a movie at home is no longer satisfactory, take things to another level by going to a drive-in movie. You not only get to enjoy the flick, your dog also gets the chance to get out of the house and discover new surroundings without exerting much effort. Just make sure that the drive-in theater permits customers to bring their dogs along. 

Conclusion

Even if your dog has an easygoing personality, they still need to be physically and mentally stimulated. When dealing with casual dogs, the main goal is to strike the perfect balance between staying relaxed and being active. With the abovementioned activities, you get your dog moving and, at the same time, enjoy some bonding time with your dog.