Activities For Kind Dogs

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Introduction

Kind dogs are the best dogs. They're the ones who get along with everybody, who give out giant grins freely, and who never treat a newcomer like an outsider. These dogs are made with nothing but love and fur, and it shows fully. And what's even better is the fact that you can use that trait for even more good. Since your dog is so kind, there are a bunch of activities to choose from that would compliment that kindness so well. Things you could both do to help people in need, loved ones having a hard time, or even strangers having an off day.

Help A Friend

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog Toys (optional)
Activity description
So we've all been there: the terrible, awful, really life-changing breakup that pushes everyone to make drastic changes. A lot of the time, those changes are toxic, but there are also those times when the changes...are for the better. One day you wake up, and your life is a fairy-tale. Nothing like how it was. Well, to get from point A to point C without lingering too much in the bad decision-making point B, you need a dog. Or in this case, your friend needs to spend more time with your dog. And you, if possible, but mainly the dog. Dogs have a way of cheering people up, making everything better, and really lifting people from the ground.
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Set a date
Don't just show up to your friend's door with your dog. No one likes someone who just shows up without calling first. Call your friend, set a time and day, and then head on over once you get a green light. Bonus tip: it may help to bring your dog's favorite toy, especially if it's a silly one, because any additional embellishment of cuteness is welcome in times of crisis.
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Show up and heal
Once you get green light, drive on over to your friend's house. Be there for your friend. Talk less, and listen more. Whenever you're faced with strong, emotional questions, offer the best advice you possibly can. And if you just don't know the answer to something, be honest about it. Meanwhile, your dog will be playing with the toy, being cute, walking around and exploring. Make sure to call your dog up to cuddle your friend if need be.
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Offer temporary guardianship
If your dog seems super comfortable, and your friend loves dogs, ask if temporarily adopting your pet is something they'd be interested in. Could be a day, maybe two, or even just an afternoon. It could even become more of a routine thing that helps both of you out for as long as it's needed. If the answer is a no, let them know they're welcome to visit you and your dog whenever. And be there for your friend! When you visit, take the dog! In the meantime, suggest a walk around the block. Your friend may perk up in the fresh air and the walk will do everyone good, especially your kind pup!
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Aid A Loved One

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
1 - 6 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Depression is something that afflicts too many people everywhere. It doesn't discriminate, but it does cripple people's minds, making them unable to find the joy and value in day-to-day activities. They question everything, even the meaning of life itself. But there have been many studies indicating that dogs can really help people with depression. There are countless posts online written by people who say that they only got better because of their dog. This is in large part because dogs help people feel less lonely. They provide comfort, companionship, and a cute bundle of fur to cuddle up to for support when the world seems too big to manage.
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Research the right kind dog
One would think you need an ESA dog to help with depression. But emotional support dogs are actually every dog. Only some people choose to have a prescription letter written by their psychologist, psychiatrist, or a different mental health professional, that confirms that having that dog around is critical to their well being. It's not something you technically have to do, though. Instead, look up the breeds you know your loved one would enjoy the most, breeds known for being extraordinarily kind, like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Corgi, Pug, and Irish Wolfhound.
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Begin the search
Now that you've got a clearer picture of the breed you're looking for, look for the right individual dog. Contact shelters and inquire if they happen to have any dogs of the breed you have decided on, and ask them to call you the moment that they do. If you know someone who is giving away puppies of this breed, such as a farm, try that out. Shopping for a pet companion should be your last resort, and only because you're looking for the breeds of dogs known for being extra kind and gentle.
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Put things in motion
Once you find the dog, it's time to adopt. Bring your dog along for a meet and greet, seeing as they will probably be spending time together. Once you have the new dog, invest in at least 2 to 3 toys, a bag of food, some water and food bowls, and maybe a dog bed. Remember, your loved one is depressed, so it's best to take this on yourself, as it will mean the world. You can't put a price on mental health. Present your loved one with the dog, pick a name out together, and see if it's a good fit. Hopefully they will be friends for a long time to come. Be prepared to help out with the initial getting to know each other, as well as some aspects of the training, if needed. Arrange times to walk together; you and your pup can help this new duo as they make a transition in their lives. And of course, if your loved one cannot manage the dog full-time at this time, you will have to foster their dog now and then, until the adjustment is complete.
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Meet New Friends

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
The thing about owning a dog is that you're forced to be social, for better or for worse. It may seem daunting to people with social anxiety, or people who are just more introverted. But for those who are actively trying to meet new people, make new friends, or find their new hangout spots in a new city, it may come in handy. And when your dog is kind, that works twofold. There are many stories of people landing dates or forging new friendships due to a friendly, kind dog, and of people who just moved to a new place getting better acclimated thanks to their dog being a magnet for locals.
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Prepare for the outing
Before running out the door, there are a few things to reach for. Remember things like your phone, your keys, doggy bags, and the dog leash, for instance. Leave the headphones at home; headphones are a clear social indicator that you don't want to be disrupted, which is against everything you're actually trying to do here!
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Make mental notes
Now that you feel prepared, there's a few things to keep in mind. For instance, at the end of the day, a lot of these social encounters will be a one-time thing. You'll meet a local, they'll offer suggestions on food or entertainment in the area, and then you'll never see or hear from them again. That's okay, at least it's practice. Plus, no one is saying you can't exchange numbers or offer to do something sometime.
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Get out there!
Once you're prepped with everything you need and your mental checklist is zen-approved, head out there and strut your stuff with doggo! Don't forcibly talk to people about their dogs as an ice breaker, read their body language. If they want to talk, they'll seem much more relaxed and inclined to stop and chat. If you're not having any luck, look up your closest dog park. Every single owner there is looking to talk about dogs, the area, and the new restaurant that just opened up. Socializing in a dog park is the perfect way for your kind dog to make someone's day and perhaps bring a new person into your life.
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Have A Fun Day Outdoors

Because you have a kind dog, there's no worries of any aggressive behavior toward others. You could easily have a fun day outdoors, either with a picnic, maybe just visiting a lake or shoreline, hiking, or heading to a dog-friendly festival with friends. If your dog is well-trained too, then you may not even need a leash (always bring one just in case, because there are rare instances when they don't listen).

Host A Get-Together

Past a certain age, it's no longer parties, it's a get-together. And because you have such a kind dog, it may be a nice idea for you to host one. This is especially a nice idea if you need to catch up with friends, or want to take those newer friendships to the next level of friendship, just so it's not awkward and strange, you know? You provide the food, your dog will bring the charm.

Conclusion

As you can see, there is plenty of kindness to be spread around by an amicable dog. A dog who is gentle is good with kids, strangers, and pretty much everyone else too, so there's a lot you could both do to play super heroes. Only, you know, more realistic ones. And no, this is not an excuse to wear costumes or capes. Just be yourselves and spread the kindness and good will around!