Activities For Friendly Dogs

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Introduction

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. 

Play Date

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Leash (optional)
Treats (optional)
Activity description

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.

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Find a “date” for your dog
The first thing that you have to do in order to set up a play date is to find another dog who will participate in the meet up. There are no rules when it comes to setting up a play date. You may invite just one other dog or you can have a full-blown doggie party with more than five dogs in one place. This all depends on you. Normally, owners like to invite their friends who have dogs because of familiarity. There are those who go for their neighbors, while others simply go to a dog park and make friends there.
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Plan the play date
Once you find a potential date for your dog, the next thing to do is to plan the play date. One option is to find a neutral meeting place, such as a dog park, where you and other dog owners can meet up. This allows you to gauge whether your dog can get along with the other dogs easily. Another option is to host the play date yourself. Just make sure that you have enough food and water for all the dogs and that you are willing to clean up after any mess that the dogs leave behind.
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Interact away!
After you have solidified your plans, all you have to do is make the play date happen. Inform the other dog owners of the chosen day, time and place of the play date. During the play date, always keep a close eye on your dog and observe if there are any erratic behaviors or if they are getting along with each other well.
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Dog Camps

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 7 hrs
Items needed
food and bowl
Leash
Activity description

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.

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Find the dog camp for you
There has been an emergence of dog camps all over the United States, especially with the constantly rising popularity of dog ownership in the country. Make a checklist of the things you are looking for in a dog camp and research online for the one that ticks all the boxes. When you find the one you think is best, contact them and ask them any questions you might have. This will help you decide if you ultimately want to go their camp or if you should continue your search for a different one.
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Visit the dog camp
After finding the dog camp that you would like to go to, prepare all the things that you need to bring. Aside from your personal stuff, this includes any items your dog might need such as a leash, toys, food and water (although dog camps will surely have a store where you can buy your dog’s needs). Visit the dog camp that you booked on the date of your choice and have fun on your “vacation” with your pup.
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Animal-assisted Activity

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 7 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

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.

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Find a reputable organization
If you are interested in signing up for an AAA with your dog, the first thing you have to do is to register your dog. There are literally hundreds of organizations, both local and national, that you may sign up with, including Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Canine Good Citizen. Do your research and find out which organization you think will be best for your dog. If you have a particular cause in mind (for example, if you want to help veterans), look into the organizations that support this cause. Also, find out about the organizations rules and policies before signing up.
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Undergo the necessary training
Doing the necessary training for AAAs is crucial. There are many benefits that come with taking a formal training. For one, it allows for insurance coverage. Another advantage is that through these courses, you will get to meet a team of other volunteers who have gone through the process and can assist you with any concerns that you might have. Most importantly, you get to watch these programs actually happen and find one that you feel you and your dog can take on. Sometimes, certain programs can trigger emotions in handlers that they might not be aware of. Naturally, what you want is to find an AAA that you are able to make a difference in. Lots of courses are available online and offline.
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Put your training to the test
After completing the course, the next logical step is to actually participate in an AAA. Get your dog ready to work and help others. By taking part in an actual program, you get to discover certain things or areas that you need to work on with your dog. You also get to choose the right kind of program that you would want to pursue.
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Visit a Dog Park

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.

Check Out a Dog Café

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. 

Conclusion

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.