Activities For Dogs In Louisiana On Nice Days

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Introduction

It’s a well-known fact that Louisiana receives copious rainfall – especially during the winter months. If you’re the proud owner of a pampered pooch, then you are sure to be all too familiar with how to entertain them indoors when it’s too wet to venture outside. However, once those summer months hit, and the high temperatures become more consistent, you and your pup will be bursting at the seams to get outdoors. Here are just a few of the many activities to treat your dog to on a beautiful Louisiana day. 

Agility Course

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Tunnels
Dog Toys
Leash
Obstacles
Water
Activity description

A lot of dogs thrive on the opportunity to bound around, burn off some energy and have fun with their owner. Therefore, when you strike a beautiful day in Louisiana, an obstacle course is the perfect way in which to let the excitable pooch let go of some of that pent-up excitement. The best part is, you can set one up at home with items you have lying around the house such as flower pots and PVC piping. Once complete, your dog will enjoy a moderate level of both exertion and stimulation, while you’ll reap the rewards of a tuckered-out pup. All you need is a wide open area, plenty of imagination, and of course, your dog who’s rearing to go. 

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Gather your materials
When it comes to building an agility course that will test your dog’s mental and physical state, it pays to spend a little time gathering materials. Gather bits of PVC piping, planks of wood, tunnels your children don’t play with, and even flower pots. Think outside of the square as well by including sticks or poles they can weave in and out of. If you have children, some of their playground equipment such as a slide or a see-saw can also come in handy, forming part of your course.
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Set up the course
To ensure your dog is as stimulated and as worn out as possible on a nice Louisiana day, consider drafting your course on paper before setting it up. You may wish to start off with a series of small jumps followed by a tunnel, a trip down the slide or even a balancing board for them to navigate. If you can plan it out on paper first, you have a better chance of creating an agility and obstacle course that will have their tail wagging like a plane propeller.
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Run your pup through the paces
By the time you’ve got your agility course set up, your dog will most likely be waiting at your door in anticipation. Seeing all the fun and exciting things to explore will be enough to have them running a hundred miles an hour to get to where you are. Hook your pup onto their leash, then slowly run them through the course. Your pup may take a while to understand what they are supposed to be doing, but within half an hour they are sure to be both a master at it, and exhausted from all the play!
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Water Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Towel
Dog treats
Throw toys
Doggy waste bags
Activity description

Even though your doggo is probably more than happy to sniff the new smells around their own backyard, they will be over the moon when you decide to take them for a swim to the local beach or lake. Louisiana is home to some stunning beaches within a short driving distance, so both you and your pooch can benefit from a bit of fun in the sun. What’s more, a beach is a brilliant, vast open space for your dog to burn off energy playing fetch or paddling in the water. Grab your dog, their leash, and of course, a trusty waste bag, and head on down to your local watering hole. 

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Pack a bag (and dog)
While you might not need to take a lot to the park on a regular walk, a trip to the beach or lake can be an entirely different story. It’s going to be a new environment, and your pup is bound to have so much fun that they'll come home dirty, wet, and a little bit smelly. Therefore, it’s in your best interests to pack a bag for this adventure. Pack a towel for both you and your pal, dog treats if they may need some coercing, a waste bag for leaving the beach as tidy as you found it, and plenty of toys.
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Get the party started
You are bound to have noticed your dog’s eyes light up as you arrive at your destination – and for a good reason. There will be birds in the sky, waves crashing against the shore, and plenty of sights and smells to discover. Put your leash on your dog as you get them out of the car, grab your bag, and get started. You may find a gentle walk, in the beginning, will help to familiarize your pal with their surroundings. However, once the toys are unpacked, they will be rearing to go.
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A Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
2 hr
Items needed
Dog Waste Bags
Dog leash
Water
Snacks
Activity description

Not every dog is going to find the idea of a hike appealing. In fact, just as many dogs would rather curl up beside a warm fire, chewing their favorite toy. However, if you do happen to have a dog with a thirst for adventure and a decent skill level, then taking them on a hike can be the trip of a lifetime. That hike might only take a couple of hours, but when your dog is with their best friend (you), it’s a memorable experience all the same. Thankfully, on a beautiful day in Louisiana, there are plenty of hiking opportunities. In fact, there are “dog-friendly” hiking areas where it’s not unusual to encounter tens of dogs on your travels. If this sounds like heaven to both you and your pup, it might be time to get those hiking shoes on. 

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Pack a backpack
Going on a hiking trip is a little more challenging than a walk around a park. You will be going into a far more challenging environment and being prepared for any eventuality is a must. While the trail might only be a short distance of one to two hours, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pack a leash, snacks for you and your dog, water for both of you, and a first aid kit. Be sure also to carry your mobile phone.
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Choose a hiking trail
On a beautiful day in Louisiana, there are plenty of pawesome paths and trails to appeal to both you and your pup. Choose one that you believe your dog is capable of tackling and one that you know reasonably well too. The most convenient hiking trail is going to be one within proximity to your home and that has terrain that isn’t too challenging for both you and your four-legged friend to traverse.
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Get going
As soon as you reach the beginning of your hiking adventure, your dog is bound to be leaping around with excitement. Attach that leash and get going! Be sure to maintain a steady pace, help your pup in areas they may find challenging, and watch them at all times. If you come across another dog on your pet-friendly hiking trail, keep a safe distance until you can be sure their pet is as friendly as yours.
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Sprinkler Splash

If your dog is the Michael Phelps of the animal world, then alongside a paddling pool you may wish to install a sprinkler system. A dog can have hours of fun trying to “fight” a sprinkler that is intent on spraying your pup with water. What’s more, it offers the opportunity to both help them burn off energy and cool them down. 

Paddling Pool

If your dog is spoilt enough to have his own paddling pool, then a lovely day in Louisiana is the perfect day to fill it up. Gather up all the dog toys you can find that float in water and treat your dog to a dip in the pool where they can splash around to their heart’s content. If you haven’t got a paddling pool, there are many different cost-effective options that are suitable for the sharp little teeth of puppies. 

Conclusion

If you’re looking to treat your pampered pooch to a pawesome day outdoors, then there are options aplenty. Head to the beach, go for a hike, or have some fun at home with obstacles and water! After a full day of adventure, you are sure to come home and find your best buddy fast asleep, having doggy dreams about what you’ll plan for him next.