The sun is shining, a cool breeze is blowing and your canine companion is standing at the door ready for some fun. When your time is limited or transportation is not available, you can still enjoy some outdoor time in your yard with your pooch. Your pup will enjoy the activity as well as the time with their favorite human pal; and you will get some fresh air along with some doggie kisses. Learn more about what you and your dog can do in your spare time without leaving the convenience of your yard. Fun can be had in yards big and small (or in between). Keep in mind: happy dog, happy dog parent!
Hide and seek is a simple game that is great for dogs (and people) of all energy levels. Not only is hide and seek fun to play, the game will allow your dog to develop tracking skills while you both enjoy some exercise. Get started by telling your dog to “stay”. If this is not something that your dog is good at, you can include another person in the game who is able to hold on to your dog’s collar. While your dog remains in place, choose a spot to hide that should allow your dog to find you easily. Once you have chosen your hiding place, call out the name of your dog. As they look for you, stay put. When they find you, show them how pleased you are by rewarding them with treats and praise. As your dog gets comfortable with the game, you choose hiding spots that will make finding you more challenging for your pooch. You can also add others to the game and your dog can be challenged to find everyone. Another option is to hide your dog’s treats or favorite toys and have them find them. As you can set the pace of the game to meet the pace of your pooch, this game can be fun for both dogs and their people, whether low to high energy.
Agility activities will keep your dog busy and in great shape. You can start small, with one or two items, and build up to a full-on obstacle course. In a sense, you are creating a playground just for your dog! The activities that you choose and their level of difficulty will, of course, depend upon your pup and their abilities. You will want to gear the activities to what will be fun for them, so make sure to keep their age, energy and skill level in mind. As this activity can be customized to your dog and changed as your pup develops skills, it can be as interesting and varied as you like. Consider this a great opportunity for your pal to keep active and for you to spend time together. You can work on your bond with your dog and work on your fitness too.