Bringing a dog into your life is more than just having a pet; it also means that you get a friend for life. Dogs are extremely friendly and loyal to their owners, which is why a lot of people decide to have one. Even though dogs are naturally friendly and sociable, there are some dogs who particularly love to mingle with other people or with fellow doggies. Here are some activity suggestions that you can embark on with your friendly, four-legged buddy.
Animal-assisted activities, or simply AAA, refer to the use of animals, including dogs, in various leisure and visitation programs in order to help out individuals with special needs. This includes several types of interventions, such as animal-themed exercises in therapy or rehab, visitation in health care facilities, therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD or ADHD, prison “cell dog” programs and so much more. The reason why pets are being used for such programs is because a large portion of the American population have had some form of connection with pets growing up. Moreover, pets are non-threatening beings that can help build a person’s confidence, relieve stress and reduce anxiety. If you have a friendly dog, AAAs are a good way to get your dog to socialize while also making a big difference in another person’s life.
Ever wanted to go on a vacation with your dog but find it too much of a hassle to bring them along? Do you have a desire to get away but you do not want to leave your dog behind? This is the ultimate dog owner’s dilemma. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem – dog camps! Basically, these camps are design for owners who want to vacation with their furry buddies. These camps are pet-friendly and feature various activities for both owners and dogs. The great thing about dog camps is that your dog gets to meet and mingle with other dogs. Likewise, you also meet other like-minded individuals who share the same love for dogs as you do.
Just like humans, dogs are in need of constant interaction and socialization. Sometimes, the daily owner-dog interaction simply won’t cut it. A good remedy to this is to set up a play date for dogs. A doggie play date involves having your dog meet up with another dog or two and having them play and mingle with each other. As simple as it seems, setting up a play date requires a lot of planning and certain factors must be taken into account for the play date to be a successful one. Since play dates can also take place indoors, this activity can be done any weather. A good thing about play dates is that they are free of charge and beneficial to your dog.
Dog cafs are a trend that’s taking America by storm. Dog cafes allow owners to enjoy a day out without having to leave their dogs at home. Aside from bonding with their owner, dogs also get to meet other dogs in the café.
Dog parks are a great place for dogs and their owners to interact and socialize. These parks are specially designed for dogs and can be used for playing, mingling and having fun in general. The best part is that there are dog parks scattered all over the country and finding one within your area should be a piece of cake.
There is a reason why dogs are dubbed as “man’s best friend”; this is because they are some of the most affable creatures known to man. Having a friendly dog means you have to find ways to keep them constantly entertained and stimulated. Doing any of the above mentioned social activities can help put the friendliness of dogs into good use.