Activities For Fun-Loving Dogs

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Introduction

Having a dog is quite a journey and can bring lots of laughter and fun into your life. Likewise, you also help brighten up your pooch’s day. Although practically all dogs are fun-loving, there are some who are particularly into enjoyable activities. In the words of Henry Ward Beecher, “The dog is the god of frolic”. This saying remains true to this day. There are quite a number of potential activities, both indoor and outdoor, that you may take on with your fun-loving dog.

Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Frisbee disc
Activity description

Playing Frisbee is a more fun and challenging way to teach your dog how to fetch. Frisbee discs usually have a life of their own so getting your dog used to it may take some patience and a bit of training. Not only is this a fun activity for you and your dog to do, it is also an opportunity for your pooch to get some exercise and workout in. This weather is best done during clear weather. All you need is a Frisbee disc and you are set. If you do not own a disc, it would be easy to get one in any toy store. 

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Find a spot to play
If you want to teach your dog to play Frisbee, look for an open area where you can practice. Make sure that the space is wide open and that it is not too crowded. Since discs can fly in all directions, there is a risk of hitting another person or animal. Places like the beach or dog parks are great venues for playing Frisbee.
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Start with the basics
For first-timers, the Frisbee can be quite difficult to master. Some dogs with less athleticism might be harder to train. Start slow and low when tossing the Frisbee disc. Do not worry if the disc hits your dog because he’ll eventually get used to it. Also, do not use an aggressive voice when commanding your dog. This lets your dog know that you are playing and having fun with them.
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Play Frisbee!
As soon as your dog gets a feel for catching the disc using the mouth, you may start throwing the disc further out. Get your dog to run faster and farther. However, always make sure that you do not throw the disc directly at your dog. This can induce fear in your dog and may cause them to fear the disc when it is heading in their direction. Also, when you sense that your dog is tired, do not push them too hard. Remember, your objective for this activity is to simply have fun.
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Agility Drills

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Any Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Tunnels
Rings or Hoops
Poles
Treats
Activity description

If you’ve ever watched an agility competition, you will see that it looks like a ton of fun. The human handlers guide their dogs through a series of obstacles such as poles, cones, rings, tunnels, and more. Not only is it a fun activity, it also helps train your dog to become more obedient and also adds to their athleticism. Additionally, navigating through various obstacles can help instill self-confidence into your dog. While more serious dog trainers choose to enroll their dogs into a professional agility course, you can create your own course at your home. Most items needed are readily available at your local hardware store or any materials lying around the house.

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Buy the needed materials
Look for instructions online on how to make your own agility course at home. Or you can use your creativity to create your own obstacle course. Some of the usual obstacles involved are PVC pipes, weave poles, cones, and hurdles. You can visit your local hardware store to get the necessary materials.
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Create the obstacle course
Once you have bought the needed materials, return home and find a space to create your obstacle course in. The obstacle course that you will make should be tailored to your dog’s capacities but still challenging enough to stimulate your dog’s brain. Before you build the course, test each obstacle out on your dog.
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Test your dog’s agility!
Now that you have completed the obstacle course, it is time to put your dog’s agility to the test. Start with the easy obstacles such as hurdles or balance beams. Use basic commands to get your dog to do the tricks. Some owners will run the course, over and through the obstacles with their dog as instructional and incentive time. Also, give your dog some treats for a job well done. You may add or remove obstacles, and also increase the difficulty, once your dog gets more used to agility training.
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Dine Out

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Bags for Waste Pick Up
Leash
Activity description

Eating out is a luxury that a lot of people usually enjoy. However, this activity is not exclusive to humans. In fact, it would be a fun idea to bring your dog with you and treat them to a meal.  Whether breakfast, lunch (or brunch!) or dinner, take time off your busy schedule to dine out with your best furry friend. The rates of meals in pet-friendly restaurants range from cheap to moderate. Eating out can also be enjoyed regardless of the weather. Dining out could also work well after a walk in the park or a jogging session with your dog. If you somehow cannot find a pet-friendly restaurant, whip up meals for you and your dog and set up a table in your backyard so you can dine together. 

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Find a pet-friendly restaurant
The number of pet-friendly restaurants in the country is constantly growing in recent years. In fact, it is quite easy to find one in just about any local neighborhood. Some restaurants even have a dedicated menu full of meals and treats that your pet can enjoy. Do your research and find one near where you are. Also, call ahead to see if they truly allow pets and if there is any space for you and your dog.
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Enjoy your meal out
Go to the restaurant of your choice and find a spot for you and your friend. If the restaurant has a pet menu, order a meal for your dog. If not, make sure that you have a collapsible bowl for food and water for your dog to enjoy. Enjoy your meal together. Be aware of your pet and the enjoyment they are experiencing while at the same time, be ready to go when they begin to become restless.
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Doggy Dancing

Dogs and dancing – what’s not to love? Doggy dancing is a new craze that has been catching on these past few years, thanks to a YouTube video of a dancing dog that went viral. This is a simple but super fun way to bond with your dog. All you need to do is choose a song and blast those speakers while you dance to your heart’s content. Your dog will eventually catch on and move along with you. 

Teach New Tricks

It is never too late to teach dog new tricks. Dogs are naturally receptive of commands and are quick learners. Basic tricks such as “shake”, “sit”, “roll over” and “stay” are some of the easiest ones that you can teach your dog. Constant repetition of the commands and giving of treats for a job well done will help your dog learn tricks easily. 

Conclusion

Any time or activity spent with dogs are always fun and helps intensify the owner-pet relationship. These activities will help you chill and unwind while forming connections with your cherished furbaby. Just remember that your dog’s well-being comes first so assess if they can handle the activities you choose. What you want is for your dog to have fun while still staying safe and healthy.