Activities For Dogs With Serious Owners

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Introduction

There are many characteristics that would make someone consider a person "serious". Maybe you're not one for playing games or maybe you are just very focused and never get distracted from achieving your goals. The word serious is actually derived from a Latin word which means important, grave and weighty. If this describes you and you want to intertwine your solemn personality into activities for your dog, this is where you should begin! 

Find a Focus

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Any Day
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Being serious can be equated to being very focused on one activity, hobby or way of thinking. You may have a passion that you spend a good deal of time on and love improving upon and working on day after day. While you may have something that demands a lot of your attention, your dog could benefit from having a similar focus. Of course, you can't ask your dog if they'd like to study neuroscience or start following politics but you can conduct a few "experiments" to see what your dog really is interested in. Once you find your dog's focus, all other activities and games can stem from there!

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Watch and learn
Observe your dog and what they like to do when you aren’t guiding them toward a specific game or activity. Does your dog play with bones without being directed? Maybe they toss around a soft plush toy on their own. Or, perhaps your dog just likes basking in the sunlight on a dog bed. Take note of all of it!
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Guide your dog
Once you have determined what your dog enjoys, push your pup to do more with this interest. For example, if your dog has a fondness for bones, try hiding the bone and having your dog search for it. Purchase different types of bones and have your dog decipher which is their favorite. Get creative with what your dog naturally enjoys!
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Get involved
Get more involved with your dog and what they enjoy. Back to the example of bones, if this is what your dog likes, try holding the bone as they chew it or toss the bone to your dog for a game of bone fetch. While it is good for you and your pup to have a focus and something to be serious about, playing together is even more fun!
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Try a Game

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1 hr
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Treats
Toys
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Serious dog owners may not be apt to play games or set up outrageous activities for their dogs. While your dog may not necessarily need elaborate games in order to be happy, it can be beneficial to them and for you to give a few games a try. Start off slow and ease into the fun to discover what you both enjoy doing. Watching your dog enjoy themselves and trying new things will bring a smile to your face and you may even surprise yourself with a few good laughs! Dogs can make even the most serious owners enjoy playing simple games!

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Treat search
Hiding treats for your dog to find is a very simple game for both you and your pup to begin with. Your dog will naturally want to find a treat (as they just want to eat it!) and it will only take you a matter of minutes to hide them. This game requires no training and you will enjoy observing your dog as they search frantically for their prize.
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Fetch
Fetch is another very simple game that you can try with your dog. Fetch is another activity that is driven by natural instincts rather than lots of training. Dogs naturally want to chase objects so when you throw the ball, your dog should run! Having your dog give the ball back to you may require a little more effort but, in the meantime, just throwing the ball is a great place to start!
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Treat toys
Purchase a treat dispensing toy for your dog and fill it with your pup's favorite treats. After that, you can sit back and watch as your dog tosses the toy around, trying to figure out how to get the treats out of the toy to eat them. Again, little effort for you and a big reward for your dog!
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Reading Time

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Any Day
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1 hr
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Books
Pillows or Dog Bed
Blankets
Activity description

Serious dog owners are most likely also well read. A characteristic of serious people is that they enjoy being alone and studying something that interests them. So how can you incorporate this love to read and learn along with your desire to make your pup happy? The answer is simple - read with your pup! While no, your dog will not learn to read or truly understand what you are reading, they will understand your body language and enjoy the sound of your voice. Reading with your favorite dog is a perfect way to accommodate both their needs and your own. 

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Get cozy
Make your favorite reading space even more welcoming for your dog. If you like to read on the couch, grab a blanket for your dog to curl up on next to you. If you prefer a chair, place a dog bed next to it. Show your pup their new space and toss a few treats their way to show it is a friendly spot for them to relax in.
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Read
Choose a book that interests you and sit down with your dog beside you. Try reading out loud to your dog as the sound of your voice will soothe them. The rhythm of the words will also lull your dog and make them feel comfortable. Reading out loud may take a little getting used to, but soon it will become a habit!
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Bonding
While you read, pat your dog as well and stop occasionally to speak directly to them, using your dog's name so they know that they are being acknowledged. This quiet reading time can become a daily habit and will likely be one of your pup's favorite times of day. It is a time when you can be serious and your dog can feel loved and included.
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Find a Friend

While you may consider yourself serious, you are never too serious for friends and neither is your dog! Socialization is important to a dog's health and bringing your pup to a dog park or inviting another dog over to play is an easy way to meet your dog's needs.

New Tricks

It takes serious practice to teach a dog tricks. While patience is also required, you can use your serious personality to have your dog focus on the task at hand!

Conclusion

Being a serious owner does not mean that you and your dog can't have fun. As you can see, there are many ways to play with your dog, teach your dog and enjoy your dog while maintaining your serious demeanor. Having a dog may actually break you out of this serious tone and help you branch out. With a dog around, soon love, laughter and outgoing behaviors may take over so be prepared for a potential life change!