Activities For Dogs In New Mexico On Nice Days

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Introduction

The state of New Mexico is filled with natural beauty. There are mountains, lakes, creeks and rock formations among other things to experience. With so much to see and enjoy, on a nice day in New Mexico, it is a perfect time for you and your canine companion to get out and explore. You and your pup can enjoy what the state has to offer, as well as take in the fresh air and get some exercise. Not only will you experience the state's beauty, you and your pal will have the opportunity to spend time together, having fun, strengthening your relationship and creating memories.

Hiking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 120 min
Items needed
Leash
Water and Water Bowl
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
New Mexico is full of opportunities to enjoy spending time in nature. Hiking trails are available throughout the state and when the weather is nice, it is a perfect time for you and your canine pal to check one of them out. Trails range from "easy" through "difficult" with various amounts of elevation gain and loss. With plenty of options, you can choose the trail that best meets the fitness level of you and your pup. A hike on a nice day will allow you to enjoy the state's clear blue skies and fresh air, while ensuring your pooch gets the physical activity that they need.
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Decide where to hike
If hiking sounds like a fun activity for you and your pup, you will first want to choose where you would like to hike. Your options will depend on where you are and how far you are willing to drive. You can easily search online for hiking trails that are in the area where you are looking to hike. Once you find available trails, you can consider the distance of the hike, as well as how steep the trail is and its elevation gain and loss. Make sure to choose a trail that is appropriate for the fitness level of you and your dog. If you have not done much hiking before, it is best to start with an easy trail and increase the difficulty of your hikes as you build your endurance.
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Get prepared
First, collect all of the items that you will need for your hike. There are some items that you will bring on a hike of any length; water, a water dish and treats for your pup, as well as waste bags. Should you be planning to go on a longer hike, you may want to bring additional items, like snacks for yourself, as well as a rain jacket in case of a change in the weather. Once you have all of the items that you need, you can pack them into a backpack. Make sure that you have your dog's leash, as you will want to keep them with you on the trail.It is a good idea to let someone know where you are going, so that someone knows of your location should you run into trouble.
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Enjoy your trek!
Now that you know where you will be hiking and are packed for the outing, it is time to hit the trail. Check the trail's requirements as it is often required that your dog be kept on their leash while on the trail. Make sure to scoop any poop and place it in a waste bag. As you hike, pay attention to your dog to be sure that they are handling the exertion well. It will be important to take breaks so that your pup can rest and you will want to offer them water at regular intervals. The treats that you brought can be used to celebrate your dog's job well-done or to help distract them from other dogs and people on the trail. No matter how long your hike, be sure to take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery offered in the state; and of course, let your dog check out all of the smells that they find interesting!
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Dog Park Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
20 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Water and Water Dish
Frisbee and Ball
Activity description
Some days, you may not have the energy for a hike, however, you want to enjoy the nice weather and your canine companion can use some exercise. The solution? A trip to the dog park. While at the dog park, you and your pup can revel in the beautiful weather and breathe in the fresh air. And you can relax while your pup gets their energy out. The dog park will offer not just a place for your dog to be active, but for your pooch to socialize, something that is very important for your dog. Bring along something for your dog to fetch; on a slow day at the dog park your pup may not have the chance to make friends; a Frisbee or ball will help them run and frolic as a form of exercise.
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Choose a dog park
When planning a trip to the dog park, you will first want to choose which one you will be visiting. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have numerous dog parks nearby. Should you have more than one in your area, you can check them out and see what each has to offer. It is likely that each dog park has its own unique qualities; for example, one park may offer more shade than others, or another park may have more space for your dog to run. Some parks also have separate areas for smaller dogs. Once you know a bit about each of the parks, you can choose the one that is the best fit for you and your pup on that day.
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Pack the essentials
When you are planning a trip to the dog park, there are a few things that you will want to bring with you. A leash will be important so that you can make sure that your dog remains with you as you walk from your car and enter the dog park. Waste bags are also key to have along so that you can clean up your dog's poop. It is likely that your dog will be running around quite a bit and so it is important that you bring water and a water bowl so that you can help your pup remain hydrated. A ball or a Frisbee are also good to bring with you; sometimes your dog won't be interested in interacting with the other dogs that are at the dog park and with the ball or Frisbee you will be able to enjoy playing together.
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Burn some energy
Once you have everything that you need for the dog park, it is time to head on over. Many dog parks have two gates for entering; if this is the case, you will want to make sure that the first gate is closed before opening the second one. This way, you can be sure that your dog or any others don't run out of the park and into the parking lot or street. Once you are inside the park, you can let your dog off of their leash and let them run around. Each trip to the dog park will be a different experience. Sometimes you will be at the park and your dog will immediately find someone to play with. Other times, there may not be a dog there who your pup connects with. Fortunately, should this happen, it allows for the opportunity for you and your pup to play together. This is the perfect time to get out the Frisbee or ball and play a game of fetch. You may find that not only does your pup want to play, but other dogs may join in.
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Agility Activities

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Sunny Day
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Hard
10 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Water and Water Bowl
PVC Pipe
Kids Tunnel
Hula Hoop
Activity description
When the weather is nice and you and your pup can't wait to be outside, you can work on agility activities in your own yard or in a local park. Agility activities are easy to set up and you can create ones that are suitable for your dog. A great thing about agility activities is that they can be done at your dog's pace and skill level, making them a fun activity for a variety of dogs. Setting up and working with your dog on agility activities will provide your pal with the mental and physical activity that they need, as well as the opportunity for the two of you to spend time together outdoors.
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Collect your course items
To get started, you will want to collect the items that you can use to create individual agility activities for your pup. A hula hoop, kids tunnel and PVC pipe for example, can all be used to set up activities for your canine companion. Scrap wood can also be helpful so that you may build a ramp for your pup to run up. Previously used items will work fine and may even be preferable so that the cost will be minimal.
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Set up each activity
Once you have collected the items, go ahead and begin setting up an activity for your pup. Start with one at a time so that your pup can focus on the particular activity. The kids tunnel, for example, can be used for your dog to run in and out of. You can hold the hula hoop up for your dog to walk through; as your pup accomplishes this, you can raise the hula hoop a small amount above the ground so that your dog will have to jump through it. You can continue to raise the hula hoop, increasing the challenge for your pooch. The PVC pipe can be set up for jumps that can be raised as your dog comfortably achieves each height. Get creative with your activities and reward your pup with treats for their efforts.
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Create the agility course
As your canine pal develops their skills in several agility activities, you can begin putting several activities together so that your pup can go from one to the next. As they achieve two activities in a row, you can add a third and then a fourth. Creating an agility course will continue to challenge your pup both physically and mentally. When the weather is nice in New Mexico, agility activities are a great way for you and your canine companion to enjoy the beauty of the state.
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More Fun Ideas...

Relax Together on a Cafe Patio

When you and your canine pal are seeking some down time, you can take advantage of the nice weather and spend some time together at a cafe or coffee shop with an outdoor patio. There are many dog-friendly establishments in the state that welcome your pet to relax on the patio, even providing a bowl of water and dog treats for their canine patrons. This is also a great opportunity for your dog to socialize with others, as guests that walk by will often want to say "hello" to your pup. Not only is this something fun to do together on its own, but a great thing to do after a more physical activity, when both you and your dog are ready for a rest.

Check out a Lake or River

While New Mexico is a dry place, the state does have some natural water sources that you and your pup can explore. Depending on where in New Mexico you are, you may find a lake, creek or river nearby or within a few hours' drive. Even if it requires a little extra effort to get to the body of water, it will likely be worth the trip, as you watch your dog frolic with joy in the refreshing water. You can join them or sit back, relax and watch. Any driving that you have to do to get there will be an opportunity for you and your canine companion to spend more time together as well.

Pool Party For Your Pup

On a nice day in New Mexico, your canine buddy will be thrilled with a private pool party in your yard. This activity is simple and affordable and will offer a great time for you and your pup. Get a hard plastic kiddie pool (your dog may puncture the inflatable kind) and place it in the location of your choice in your yard. Let your dog explore the pool without water, getting comfortable with it. Once your dog seems to accept the pool as safe, fill it with a small amount of water and let your pup give it a try. Your pup may be comfortable with the water right away or require some time to get used to it. Once they seem comfortable, you can add more water to it. You can play with your dog in the pool or sit back and watch while your pup enjoys the cool water.

Conclusion

There are plenty of nice days in New Mexico, when the sky is clear and the sun is shining. On these days, being outside with your dog is very enjoyable; you can both be as active or inactive as you like, while taking in the brilliant blue sky and a cool breeze.  From exploring the natural areas of the state, to creating your own fun at home, there is plenty for you and your canine companion to engage in where you can not only delight in the weather, but in one another's company.