Activities For Keeshonds

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Introduction

The lovable Keeshond is the perfect companion for families who do everything together and elderly couples who want a friendly pup to bring joy and laughter to their lives. These sweet and funny dogs have a medium energy level and are very smart, so finding activities for Keeshonds that are entertaining and burn off energy is essential. If you have children, there should be no problem finding plenty of games to keep your Keeshond happy. Keeshonds are wonderful companions at any age and will be just as happy going for a stroll or playing a game of fetch, as long as they are with you.

Family Lake Day

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
3 - 6 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Beach blanket
Picnic fixings
Long leash
Beach toys
Activity description
Your Keeshond's favorite activity will be whatever you are doing. These sweet and social companion animals want to be in the thick of it at all times, and they make any gathering a lively and fun affair. They will be the most excited guest wherever you take them. On warm summer days when you're wondering how to get the dog out and keep the kids entertained, pack up a picnic basket, gather all your beach toys, and head out to the lake for a day of playing in the grass, laying on picnic blankets, and spending quality time together with your kids, both human and furry.
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Pack the car
When packing for the lake, make sure you have everything you need for yourself, your family, and your dog. Along with sandwiches and snacks for the humans, bring some dog snacks and even dinner for your dog if you plan to be out all day long. Make sure you have a water bowl and a special blanket or towel for your dog to lay on. Bring toys for the kids and for the dog to play with. Fetch by the water, digging for sand castles, and swimming are activities your family and dog will enjoy at the lake.
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Pick your spot
Try to get to the lake early to snag a prime spot for the day. Look for trees or areas of shade your dog can rest in out of the sun. Another prime location attribute is to be out of the way of traffic. While your dog is a total love, Keeshonds naturally bark when meeting new strangers. A low traffic area can decrease this behavior. Of course, you'll want a space with plenty of access for swimming and playing. The earlier you get to the lake, the better.
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Play, play, play
Once you get settled, it's time to play! Set out a blanket for your dog in a shady spot, break out the toys and get playing. Your Keeshond will enjoy playing fetch by the water, supervising sandcastle building, and chasing your children all over the place. They will also be ready to join you in nap time or hanging out reading a book. With so many fun activities, your Keeshond will be in heaven.
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Cross-country Skiing

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Cross-country ski equipment
Snacks and water
Dog booties or musher's paw wax
Activity description
With their thick, beautiful coats Keeshonds are not bothered by the cold, winter months. When the snow is flying, they would much rather be outside with you than curled up by a fire all by themselves. That's why cross-country skiing is one of the best wintertime activities for Keeshonds. They enjoy trotting along behind you on snowy trails and gliding through the trees. Cross-country skiing for an hour will be more than enough exercise for you and your dog and is perfect for a fun weekend excursion. These dogs don't need much to be comfortable outside in colder temperatures and will enjoy the trail just as much as you do.
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Gear up
Make sure you have the right gear for skiing. You'll want something sturdy with "fish scales" a raised pattern in the bottom of the ski underfoot. Your local cross-country ski area or outdoor store can help set you up with everything you need. Don't forget your dog's needs. Though they won't need skis of their own, it's a good idea to get something to keep snow out of their paws. Well-fitting boots or a special wax used by dog mushers will keep their paws clear of snow.
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Find your trail
Not all ski trails are dog-friendly, but many cross-country ski resorts have loops explicitly groomed for dog owners. You can check with your local ski area to see if they have dog trails and how to access them. Many forest service trails are excellent for skiing with dogs too. On these trails, you may even get to break your path if there is deep snow. A true adventure for you and your dog. Be sure to pick a trail that matches your ability, and don't be afraid to take a lesson before you go out with your dog.
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Make it a habit
Once you are comfortable skiing with your dog, make it part of your schedule or routine. Not only will your dog benefit from consistent and regular exercise, but so will you. In the winter it's easy to stay inside and never venture out for exercise. When you have a hobby you enjoy, it won't feel so daunting to brave the cold, and you'll look forward to those long winter months.
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Take a Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats or snacks for you and your dog
Activity description
In the summer, hiking is one of the best ways to help your Keeshond burn some energy and keep you in shape in the process. These dogs were made for the trail. Their low prey drive means you won't have to worry about them chasing animals or following their nose far away from you. In fact, your Keeshond will be the happiest walking by your side, taking in the sights together. They are energetic enough to hike with you all day but are happy with a quick jaunt closer to home. Their main priority is being with you and enjoying the outdoors.
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Pick a trail
Read through local guidebooks, search online, and ask your local outdoor or pet store for recommendations for hikes to take with your dog. Trails along water sources are great for hot days, and rolling terrain will keep things interesting. Select a few different places to try and put them on your calendar to try.
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Learn hiking etiquette
Before you head out on the trail, make sure you and your dog are well versed in trail etiquette. Your dog should respond to verbal cues, come when called, and learn how to hike behind you when passing people on the trail. Remember that people going uphill have the right of way and always be friendly when passing other parties. Never let your dog run up to strangers or bark at them. Being polite on the trail will make your hike even better.
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Set a goal
Once you're comfortable on the trail with your dog, set a goal for the summer to hike a certain number of trails or pick out several that you want to get to. Pick trails based on their beauty or features, or challenge yourself with difficulty or length. With your Keeshond as your hiking partner, you'll be able to get to many beautiful trails and rewarding viewpoints.
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Agility

Keeshonds are smart and easy to train. They will excel at agility and the two of you will form a strong bond as you navigate new obstacles together.

Movie Night

Your Keeshond is happy to be part of any activity that involves the family, so don't leave them out of movie night. Make them their own special movie treat, curl up under a blanket, and treat them to your favorite dog movie.

Conclusion

Keeshonds are some of the best dogs for families and individuals in need of a companion. They are happy doing anything you're doing and love to play. Activities for Keeshonds can be social and relaxing or fast-paced, just the two of you. It doesn't matter as long as they are with their people. Their loveable and fun-loving nature makes them a perfect fit for almost anyone.