Activities For Old Fashioned Dogs

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Introduction

Old fashioned dogs are the ones that always seem to be around when you're listening to classical music, when you're cooking a fancy dinner, when you're reading, or painting on canvas. During get-togethers, they are the serious-faced ones who sit by the bar as you serve old fashioned drinks. In other words, old fashioned dogs have a flare for the things that have long been dubbed things of the past. From physical books, to cooking fancy dinners at home, baking pies, and going antique shopping, the list is endless. Here are some ideas of things you can do with old fashioned dogs, that are sure to bring a smile to your face!

Listen to Vinyls

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Vinyl Record Player
Vinyl Records
Activity description
There's nothing more old fashioned than listening to some vinyl records. So why not have your dog join in on the fun? Make sure you lay down a rug or two, that you have pillows and blankets to share, and then select a really good vinyl record to play. Have a few on hand in case you get the urge to spend some time here in your newfound nest, taking a nap with your dog, listening to music, and really just taking in all the crisp, detailed sound you just can't get with modern-day electronics. Mellow out together and enjoy the music!
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Seek out some vinyls
Assuming you already have a record player, finding vinyl records is possible these days, even in modern stores. Find them in music shops, vinyl record shops, historic shopping districts, and antique or thrift markets. If you do look for them in modern music stores that often sell movies and collectible items referencing pop culture, remember to check to see if they sell record players there too. You may be surprised.
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Set up the space
Once you're back home from shopping, it's time to hang out with your old fashioned pup. Lay down a rug with maybe a second one on top, pull out your blankets and pillows, and make a generally cozy area. You'll be here for at least an hour, and you'll be sharing the area with your dog, so make sure it's big and cozy enough to accommodate both of you.
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Listen and zen out
Now it's time to pick the best vinyl you've found and listen. Lie down on the rugs, cozy up with the blankets and pillows, and snuggle your dog while you're at it. You can both enjoy listening to music as so many generations before you did. Embrace the old fashioned way together, and watch how relaxed you feel after just mellowing out for a while!
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Cookout With Company

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Sunny Day
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Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Cookout grill
Meats/Vegetables
Plastic cups, plates, and silverware
Activity description
Cookouts used to happen with regularity in the 1980's and 90's. People would have one every other weekend and invite friends and family over, or even their neighbors. This was the way to get to know each other and be social. These days, there needs to be an excuse to throw a cookout, like Memorial Day or July 4th. But even then, the cookouts get put away early, and everyone just goes off to do something else just as quickly. Your dog is old fashioned, and would totally enjoy watching you burn a burger or two. More so, your dog would love to sit in the yard and mingle for a change!
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Invite a crowd
This requires some planning, but figure out who's in your area. Whether it's family, or just friends, find out who's available and plan ahead. This lets you know how much food to buy. Plus, it allows you to assign them to bring something, like the soda, or some cupcakes. Be sure to include well mannered, old fashioned pups in the invitation.
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Prep for the festivities
One of the things that made cookouts such a big thing back in the day was the atmosphere. Rather than just grill and eat, it was about the party games, the patio decorations, and the music. Go ahead and prep all of that: hang some string lights, set up a really good playlist that you don't need to tend to every 3 minutes, and pull out some card games. Maybe set up a table for ping pong?
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Cookout!
Now it's time to get to grilling and cooking. Everyone on the list should be bringing something, but be prepared for the people who forget or slack off. Buy essentials in advance, like potato salad, extra hamburger and hot dog buns, fries, and veggies. Have your dog help greet the guests as they come in. Your old fashioned pal will have a blast in the yard with their canine friends while you socialize and reminisce with your guests.
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Take A Scenic Drive

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 min
Items needed
Blanket
Leash
Activity description
If you live out in the country, the suburbs, or even the city, then sometimes you just want to get away from it all, right? Go somewhere you haven't been just yet. It could be down a road you've never taken somehow, or down to a nearby town you've only heard people talk about. Whatever the case, we call this taking a scenic drive. It's when you just get in the car and drive to see the pretty surroundings. It could take you a while to get to this scenic place, depending on where you live, but it's worth it.
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Pick a direction
For safety, harness or buckle up your canine companion as usual in the back seat of the car. They have a great view from here, and they will not be a distraction for you as you navigate the road. You may not know where exactly you're going, or you may have an idea of a place or road you'd like to explore, but that's about it. That's really all you need to go on. Just pick a direction and start driving!
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Set the GPS for home
Remember, because you don't know where exactly you're going, you're going to need to set up GPS for home. So it may come in handy to do that now. Don't have it guide you, obviously, but set it up so that at the press of a button, once you've had your fill of the unknown, you can start making your way back home.
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Enjoy!
And now you just drive and enjoy! Take in the views, whatever they might be. You may end up in a tiny, dusty town. You could end up in the countryside, in the middle of seemingly nowhere, where there's nothing for miles. Or you could end up finding an amazing rest stop overlooking some mountains. Depending on where you live, the surprise could be amazing! Make sure to take lots of pictures with your dog when you stop to stretch! Especially if there's a sunset.
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Bake Some Bread

Baking your own bread is a wonderful old fashioned activity. Most of us go to the store and buy it already made! However, there's a sort of magic to being able to bake it yourself, to watch it rise in the oven and form a pretty loaf, knowing that you did that! Invite your dog into the kitchen and bake. They can be your audience! While you are at it, bake a special dog-safe treat for your best buddy.

Go Bowling

We agree, your dog can't bowl, it's physically impossible. However, many bowling places allow dogs inside. As long as your dog sits and behaves, they can watch all the bowling balls being tossed! It's great entertainment, and they get to be part of the fun while you bowl with a group of friends. It's a retro activity your dog is sure to appreciate.

Conclusion

As you can see, old fashioned dogs are in luck. There's a lot to do that screams "days of yore." Learning how to make your own bread, listening to old vinyls, or going antique shopping together; the list is ongoing. The only real limit is your imagination. So, what will you and your old fashioned dog do today?