Activities For A Motor Sports Enthusiast With Dogs

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Introduction

Motorsports can be defined as a group of competitive events that use, you guessed it, motorized vehicles. Whether it is for a racing or a non-racing event, there is no doubt that this particular genre of sports has quite a large following. From boaters to off-roaders, there is a large list of activities that can be done involving vehicles. The great news is, that if you are a motorsports enthusiast and a dog owner, you can actually combine the two quite easily!

UTV Ride

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
UTV
Helmet
Doggy Goggles
Dog seat belt
Harness
Activity description
A UTV is short for "Utility Task Vehicle" or "Utility Terrain Vehicle". While these are the more technical terms, you may have heard the name "side by side" way more often. This is because the side by side is a two seater vehicle with the typical pedals and steering wheel as the primary controls. If you love driving over sand dunes, rocky terrain, or rolling hills, then a side by side may be perfect for you! Because these vehicles usually have a cover overhead and seatbelts for safety, this is a great option for taking your pup out in any weather. Simply attach your doggy seat belt securely and head off; no amount of rain or burning sun will be able to slow you down.
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Rent a UTV
If you do not already have a UTV, then you will definitely need to rent one. Thankfully, this is not too hard (or too expensive to do) so just find a vendor in your area and pick your vehicle. There may be some regulations about pets being allowed in the vehicles depending on the vendor's rules, so just be sure to double check that everything is in order before settling on a specific UTV.
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Choose the location
Once you have rented a UTV, or pulled one out of storage, you are ready to go. Make sure you have plenty of snacks and water with you so that you are ready to head out for the perfect location. If you are on vacation, a few spots that may be considered to UTV would be sand dunes or perhaps jungle terrain. If you are at home and want something that is still exciting, you can find a desert area or even some mountain trails to spend your afternoon (or weekend) playing on.
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Safety first
While it is obvious that you would need a helmet and a seat belt when riding around in a vehicle, it can be easy to forget that your dog will need protection as well. Some great options for keeping your pup safe while you play would be a sturdy harness with a hook to clip onto in the back, doggles (dog goggles), a dog seat belt, and a leash. The harness will ensure that you aren't having to hook the seat belt to your dog's neck. A dog seat belt is actually quite simple and easy to use; it's just a strap that clips into the seat belt catch and then hooks onto the harness like a regular collar. The doggles are completely optional, but may be excellent in protecting your dog's eyes from flying pebbles and dust.
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Visit a Car Show

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Any Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
Car shows are a great activity for the motor enthusiast if you want a more chill event to do with your dog. Here you can see all kinds of impressive vehicles and it doesn't have to be just cars! Go see a boat show or even a tractor show if that is something you enjoy. Events such as these allow you to spend time with your dog during any kind of weather (should the show still go on) and enjoy some awesome looking vehicles while you are at it. You can even participate and show off your own vehicle (and furry friend) if you'd like! Just keep in mind that your dog should be well socialized before going to events like this to avoid encounters that may ruin the event for you and other people.
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Find a show
You can discover what shows are going on in your area with a simple Google search. Once you find one that seems interesting, be sure to read up on any rules that may be on their website to ensure that dogs are okay to visit.
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Make memories
Whether you are going to participate in the show or simply walk around, be sure to take lots of pictures to remember the occasion. Because you have your dog with you, this is a great opportunity to capture them next to some of your favorite classics. If your pup doesn't like pictures, that's alright! Just sneak a few in every once in a while to capture the awesome time you're having; what the dog doesn't know won't hurt them.
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Doggy Driver

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Kid's Toy Car
Treats
Clicker
Activity description
Have you ever wondered what a vehicle would look like with a dog at the wheel? Well, this activity is here to answer that question for you! All you need is a toddler's sized vehicle, some treats, a leash, and a clicker then you'll be good to go. While it may take some patience, and some dogs may learn quicker than others, once you get this trick down you will really be able to impress your other motorsports loving friends. You can teach your dog to "drive" a small vehicle either indoors or outdoors, and if you know someone who already has a toddler vehicle than it will be a free activity; otherwise, you may need to run to the store to pick one up for yourself. Be sure to keep in mind the end game of whether you need a remote-controlled vehicle, or if you are alright with pulling your pup around while they steer.
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Teach "step up"
The first trick that you are going to want to make sure your dog knows is "step up". This is when the dog places their paws up onto something and then waits. Doing the "step up" trick will allow the dog to get their paws on the steering wheel of the toy car and support themselves while it moves.
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Perfect "stay"
At first, your pup may want to just hop out of the car due to the jerky movements it has. This is where their trust in you (and a lot of practice) will come into play. It may take a while, but eventually, your dog will figure out that they will get a treat and be completely safe if they "stay" when you tell them to do so.
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Drive into the sunset
Hopefully, the toddler car that you pick up has a remote control so that you can drive your dog around without having to manually push the tiny vehicle. If not, you can also just pull the car around and still achieve the same effect! Either way, once your pet has this trick down, they will love being the center of attention as they drive through town in their new, shiny vehicle.
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Enjoy a Motorcycle Ride

If you have a dog with a calm disposition, then this activity may work really well for you. On the other hand, if your dog likes to jump out of things or dive head first into trouble, then a motorcycle ride may be on the list of do not do! When heading out on a motorcycle ride, you can either have your dog sit in front of you on the seat, or if you have a sidecar, you can have them ride next to you. This is a great sunny day activity that can give your pup that "head out the window" feeling, but everywhere!

Go Four Wheeling

If you want to spend some one on one (or smaller group) time with your dog, then a great way to do that is by four-wheeling. Off-roading with some four-by-fours is exciting and relaxing all at the same time. Get out into nature, roll down the window, and enjoy the smell of fresh air; and a little mud if the weather permits, of course!

Watch a Race

Races are super exciting and with them usually being outdoor venues, they make a great option for taking your dog along with you. Whether you head to a boat race or a drift event, it is sure to be a great time! One thing to keep in mind is that your dog is used to loud noises happening unexpectedly. This is to ensure that they won't freak out if a vehicle back fires or revs to close to them. In doing so, you will protect your dog and the other people around you; making sure that everyone has an awesome time at the races!

Conclusion

From sitting and watching a race all the way to teaching your pup to "drive" on their own, there is no doubt that there is plenty of exciting things to do as a motorsports enthusiast with a dog. Everyone really enjoys having a dog along for events as their contagious energy and happiness adds to the excitement. Just be sure that your dog is comfortable in these environments at home first (with loud noises, children, and other people)  before heading out to all your fun events! That way all who are involved are sure to have a great time.