The best part of owning a dog is spending time playing with them. After all, dogs are man’s best friend! All dogs and people are made unique and of different sizes, and have varying abilities and personalities. Luckily, there are many different games and activities that are enjoyable for everyone. Playing with your dog is the best way to get closer to them, and being physically active is necessary in order to keep your dog healthy and in shape. Exercising and playing is a must for all dogs, but there are some pups who absolutely love games that involve their owners. In these cases, the following activities will be perfect!
This activity is easy and is perfect for those super hot summer days when you don’t feel like doing anything but know that you and your dog should really get some exercise. It is not a challenging game, as the only goal is to have fun! Although all dogs can have fun playing this game, it is best suited for the pups who love the water and swimming. Using a lawn sprinkler, a pool with toys, or even just a garden hose can be enjoyable for you and your dog, and can cool you both off during a heatwave as well.
Tug of war is one of the classic games to play with your dog, and for a good reason! Tug of war is a game that most dogs naturally love, and it is easy to play. All that you will need for this activity is a strong rope or a rope dog toy. Many dogs will instinctively know how to play this game, and for the others, it can easily be taught. Some dogs can get very enthusiastic about this game, and you should make sure to teach them to be gentle so that they don’t learn any bad habits and nobody gets hurt.
Tag is another amusing game that all involved, whether human or canine, will enjoy. This game is easy and a delightful way for your dog to let loose and get rid of some of their energy, and it works for you too! You don’t need anything for this game as long as you are playing in a safe fenced-in area, although treats and toys can be a bonus to the fun. If you are in an open space, keep your dog on the leash. Dogs should not get aggressive as they are chasing you, and if they do, then you should end the game immediately.
Believe it or not, dogs can be taught to chase bubbles! It may take some practice, but with time blowing bubbles can be a great way for you to play with your dog, and the perfect summer activity.
Flirt poles are another fun way to interact with your dog. These toys consist of a pole with a toy or treat attached on the end by a long string, and are used by swinging them around gently or pulling them along the ground. Your dog will love to chase it around!
The best part about owning a dog is the play time! Dogs are very social animals, and they can become really close to their owners. Playing with your pooch one on one is the best way to create a connection and keep your dog happy mentally, as well as physically. If you play often with your pooch, they will develop a deeper bond with you, and they will learn to trust and look up to you. Once you and your dog develop a playful and trusting relationship you can learn to play anywhere and with anything. Any game can become even more exciting when you are enthusiastic, so in order to give your dog the best experience make sure that you are having fun too!