Activities For Dogs In Alabama On Nice Days

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Introduction

If you’re in Alabama and it’s a nice day, you and your pup are more than likely experiencing sweet relief. That deep southern humidity has graciously left you or significantly lowered for a few days, or perhaps the brief cold or spring rain has at last subsided. Either way, you’re ready to get outdoors and breathe in fresh, dry air. And we can’t blame you! Stay tuned to learn what it is your top dog will enjoy on those perfect, easygoing mornings, afternoons, or early evenings.

Pine Needle Prowl

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hour
Items needed
Yard of pine needles
Treats
Toys
Activity description
Down here in Alabama, we’re known for our tall loblolly pines. Ride down any of the interstates or country roads, and you’ll more than likely see those evergreens lining your path and stretching up into the sky. As a result, our yards are covered with pine needles nearly year-round, especially if you live in a wooded area. So, this makes the perfect place to hide toys and treats. It’s a scavenger hunt with a fancy name. You may have to guide your dog around at first; show them the art of discovery. In your own way, explain to them the joy of digging in the light pine straw and finding a toy or treat.
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Bury the Prizes
Head outside and tuck away treats and toys. Bury each item underneath a heap of pine straw. You might leave some of the prizes exposed at first, especially until your pup gets the hang of the game. Soon, though, you’ll be able to cover the entire treat or toy with needles.
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Trial Run
For the first round, walk with your dog and show them where a treat is hidden. Dig through the straw and reveal the toy. Praise your dog so that they know this is the point of the game. Go around to a few more heaps of pine needles and complete this step a few times until you think your boy or gal has the hang of it.
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On-Their-Own Fun
Hide all of the toys again, along with some fresh treats, and let your pooch head out on their own. See what they’ve learned. More than likely, once you unleash them or let them out the door, they will head straight for the little mounds of brown needles. They’ll enjoy this challenging game of discovery!
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Trail for Tails

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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Several days
Items needed
Backpack
Food and Water
Doggie Waste Bags
Leash
Collar or harness
Activity description
Looking for a trail for your adorable wagging tail? If you’re in Alabama, look no further than the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. You can march your canine right down the path that commemorates the 1965 “right to vote” marches. There are only a few rules for your pet: 1. They must remain on a leash at all times and outside of the museums. 2. You must clean up after them. 3. They cannot chase native wildlife. It’s free to enter the historic route, and your dog will surely enjoy the chance to trot alongside you in the southern sun. This will take some planning on your part, but your pet is sure to enjoy plenty of walking on the nice days!
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Break It Up
It’s a 54-mile trail from Selma to Montgomery, so be sure you break your hike into sections. But how cool would it be to say that you and your furry BFF completed this historical trail together? It’s such an important stamp on our nation’s history. Any history/dog-lover will surely enjoy the outdoor trek with plenty of indoor stops for you and outside rest areas for your dog along the way.
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Picnic
Pack a light picnic perfect for yourself and your cute canine. They’ll for sure be famished after several miles of walking. You and your buddy can park it for a while, rest near one of the trail’s museums. Bring some kibble and treats for them, and pack some lunch for your tummy as well. Cuddle up for a 10-minute nap afterward!
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A Spooky Stop
The great thing about this spooky stop is that everything is outdoors, which is great for your four-legged companion. Old Cahawba was Alabama’s first state capital between 1820 and 1826. It’s just outside Selma, and the eerie ghost town is full of ruins and artifacts you may explore at your leisure.
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Poolside Fishing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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2 hours
Items needed
Floating Toys
Hard Plastic Kiddie Pool (or Sandbox)
Fresh Water from the Hose
Activity description
Many of ’Bama’s nice days are still pretty hot, so water activities can be great if your canine is into that kind of thing. We enjoy a dip in the pool, and many of us like to participate in water games. You can give your dog a chance to go wild in the pool as well. The minute they see their toys floating around, they won’t be able to wait to jump right in. This activity can even double as bath time! Let your pup go crazy for a while, and then when they’re tired out, soap them up and rinse them down. Playtime and bathtime all in one!
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Make Your Purchases
Some of your pup’s favorite toys will float, but if they don’t, you’ll need to head to the store for some floating rubber duckies and maybe some buoyant fish or turtles. Whatever you can find will be great. Floating balls work as well! When you go to purchase the kiddie pool, be sure it’s hard plastic. The inflatables and flimsy plastic ones will more than likely break down in the process of your doggo having the best time.
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Set It Up
Fill the hard plastic pool with water from the hose. Place one floating toy in the pool at first. Teach your dog how to play the game as best you can. Praise them when they retrieve that single toy, and before you know it, you’ll be able to toss a dozen floaters into the water and watch those good boys and girls go to work.
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Unleash and Unwind
Set them off on their own. If your little buddy fishes out all of the floating items and wants to play in the pool, that’s quite alright. Allow them the chance to splash in the water and even relax in the cool puddle, that is, if there’s any water left in the pool after all that activity!
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Pick a Hand

Go outside and sit in your favorite shady spot. This is a great activity to keep the brain ticking after a walk. Grab a few treats. Put your hands behind your back and put a treat in one. Instruct your dog to sit and stay. Allow them to choose which hand contains the treat. Due to their great sniffer, they’ll probably get it right every time!

Mini Obstacle Course

If your dog likes a challenge, gather things from your yard like hula-hoops, buckets, and lawn chairs. You can create a mini obstacle course: your pooch can jump through the hoops, leap over the buckets, and crawl under the chairs.

Conclusion

So, remember: if you’re in the Heart of Dixie on a nice day, there’s plenty to do! Take advantage of mornings, afternoons, and nights when the humidity is low and the breeze is blowing. There’s so much waiting out there for you and your fluffy partner. Sometimes, you only have to look around at everyday settings and items, and you’ll spot an activity that is sure to win over your adorable champ!