Activities For Dogs In England

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Introduction

One thing England is known for is its rainy weather.  Although it’s nowhere near the coldest climate, the sun doesn’t show it’s face that often either.  For all you dog-lovers out there, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot to do with your pooch.  There are some great dog-friendly places to be found in England, and excellent activities for you to take part in with your canine pal, especially if you have an active dog.  The UK is full of beautiful countryside and wonderful hilly areas.  There are also a lot of coastal destinations to explore that can offer tons of fun. 

Hill Walks

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Waste pick up bags
Leash
Picnic
Water
Fetch toy
Backpack
Activity description

England offers beautiful hiking areas for dog and man alike. Whether you favor the coast or choose to explore other regions in the country, England will not disappoint. Trek the low hills and fields or climb a challenging peak. Your dog will enjoy exploring marshes and investigating the smells of the fields. Pack a picnic and take advantage of a pleasant day, all the while bonding with your best buddy.

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Choose the right hill
Choose a mountain or hilly area that is the right level for you and your pooch. If it’s the first time you’re thinking of climbing a mountain, you shouldn’t go for the largest England has to offer, just yet! Start off small and build your skills. This could become a hobby for you and your best buddy, so start off with a short trek and build up as you go along, week by week. Research your destination so that you know what to expect as far as time and difficulty.
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Pack your bag
Put all your items, along with plenty of water, into your backpack. Be sure to include all of the necessities, including a few first aid items. Be creative and pack a nutritious lunch for both you and your dog. Home baked doggy treats could be a special hiking reward. Don't forget bags to clean up your pet's waste. You want to leave those rolling hills as pristine as you found them.
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Walk, eat and play
Set off on your walk. Make sure you follow the outlined routes on the signs, as this points out the safest way up the mountain and you don’t want you or your pooch to end up in danger. Allow plenty of time, because it can take longer than expected, so make sure you rest along the way as you need to and drink plenty of fluids. Don't forget your picnic! You do need to be careful with your pal along your walk, because there will be wildlife living in these areas. Also, be careful if your pup has allergies as there are many plants in forested areas. Most of all, have fun!
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Paddle Boarding Water Retrieval

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Paddle board
Towel
Skimming disk
Activity description

There are many lakes and a coastal line that surrounds England, meaning that a beach is never too far away.  If you are a fan of the outdoors, then paddle boarding could be a nice way to beat the boredom blues. It's a blast when you get to encourage your pet to try new things. If you do choose to try this fun sport, ensure that the place you are taking your dog to doesn’t have restrictions on dogs as some places enforce limitations during summer months.  Consider your dog's comfort level in the water; remember you need them to sit still on your board and then retrieve an item from the water.  Choose your location based your pal's abilities.  If they don’t like water or have never swam before, then you will need to remain near a shallow body of water and practice until your poochie pal gets used to getting on the board and jumping off. It’s a fun way to keep fit and swimming is one of the best exercises for your canine, especially if there are joint problems with your particular breed.  Be mindful of mobility issues though, if you plan on having your dog climb back on the board each time.

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Prepare for the paw-dle
Have your paddleboard ready. As the owner, you might need a wetsuit as the bodies of water in England are not the warmest. Remember that your dog will need their doggy life vest - this is a must despite their abilities, as we don’t want them ending up in trouble while swimming and retrieving. If you have never been paw-dle boarding, then you may want to take lessons with a qualified instructor beforehand.
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Paw-dle out
When you arrive at your destination, you will be ready to go in no time. The key to paddle boarding is balancing, so make sure you are able to balance with your pup on the board too. You may need to practice this very close to shore before venturing out. You stand at the back of the board, stretching one foot forward to the middle of the board to enable you to paddle, and your dog will be at the front.
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Water retrieval
Once you are far enough out, you can either remain standing or you can sit on your board, and then you can throw the toy into the water. Again, this is another thing that you may need to practice prior to entering deeper water, and it’s possible, as with most things, that you will need to model this activity and show your best buddy how it’s done. The challenge will be having your dog mount the board each time he does a retrieval. Be prepared to give him a hands up onto the board.
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Cave Style Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys (Optional)
Activity description
Playing hide and seek with your dog’s favorite toys is a great game.  This game can challenge your dog both mentally and physically.  It can be played outside in your yard, or you could play this on a beach, in a forest, or literally anywhere suitable for dogs in the UK.  There are a few beach areas in England that have caves that are just ready to explore.  Hide and seek is another game that works on your canine’s find and retrieve skills and you can make it as active as you like, based on your dog's ability.  Sometimes it’s best to have someone with you when you play this, so that someone stays with your buddy while you hide either yourself or a toy.
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Find a cave
Depending on what area in England you are visiting, you can research the location of caves in that area online. Always be cautious that there is nothing in the area that can hurt your dog; it’s best to have a walk around the area first, and skim it with your eyes before playing hide and seek. Look out for sharp rocks and poisonous plants, two common finds in nature.
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Starting off
One person should stay with your dog, while the other goes to hide themselves or a toy in the cave. When they are ready for the seeker to search for them, they should call 'ready' to the person who is watching the pup, and then they should call the dog. Depending on how well behaved your dog is, they can either be released at this point or the person with them can run along with them on the lead.
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Seeking
The aim of the game is for your inquisitive pup to find the person or hidden item quickly. Usually, this won't take your clever pal very long at all, especially if it’s their owner that they are looking for. Their natural inclination to sniff and search will make this game a favorite. If this is your first time playing the game, try not to make it too difficult at the outset. Once your dog has the idea of the game, you can take steps to make it more difficult. A reward of praise or a small treat will keep the incentive going.
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Enter a Dog Show

There are many dog shows in England.  Crufts is the most famous, but many different towns and counties also have dog shows, in different halls and gardens.  If you have a well-behaved and well-trained dog, why not enter them?  Your talented buddy will love to be pampered at the parlor beforehand, and use your imagination to teach them a new trick in time for the show to make them stand out from the others.  

History Themed Walk

In England, there are lots of English Heritage sites and many of these sites allow you to take your four-legged friend.  English Heritage protects and preserves a lot of historic buildings, like castles and buildings or structures.  For example, in Northumberland there is Hadrian’s Wall, which is an ancient Roman-built wall.  You can have a leisurely stroll with your canine partner while learning about historical England. 

Conclusion

There are lots of things to do in England; there are many dog owners and the country itself is very dog-friendly.  Due to the different landscapes there are several pleasurable environments in which to have fun, and the many areas and features can challenge your pal and increase their level of fitness, while being enjoyable for you, too.  Come rain or shine, England is a wonderful place to be as a dog owner!