Activities For Playful Dogs

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Introduction

Dogs possess a number of qualities that make them immensely likeable and loved by many. Although dogs are generally similar in terms of traits, there are some specific dogs who are more playful and active by nature. These types of dogs love to move around, play and try new things with their owners. To please your playful dog, you need to come up with different activities that will stimulate your dog’s physical and mental health. At the same time, you also get to form a deeper connection with your dog by spending more time together. Below are a few activities that are perfect for playful dogs.

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Dog treats
Activity description

Playful dogs are adorable and fun but sometimes, their playfulness needs to be moderated and controlled. This is where obedience training will come in handy. This training not only gives you a chance to discipline your dog, it also lets you teach your dog new tricks, even if it is just simple cues like “Stay” or “Sit”. Aside from the learning aspect, there are some other benefits brought about by obedience training. For one, both you and your dog will have a better understanding of each other. Additionally, the time you spend together practicing all the tips and tricks are priceless and will just make your bond even stronger than it already is. 

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Start with the basics
Obedience training will vary from one owner to another; there are those who simply want to teach their dog basic commands while some might want to take things further. Either way, the first step is to start with the simplest training commands. An untrained dog will have a hard time learning all the commands if you jump ahead to advanced tricks. Instead, use easy commands such as “Sit” at the beginning and repeat them as often as needed until your dog starts to understand what you need.
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Reward your dog with some treats
Every time your dog does the command right, reward them with a treat or two. This will help them understand that what they are doing is correct and will help them become more obedient and attentive. It also gives them a sense of affirmation and satisfaction that they are able to please you.
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Move on to another command
Once you are confident that your dog has understood a certain command, you can start to move on to another one. For instance, once your dog has complete understanding of the “Sit” command, you can start training him on what the “Come” command means. Remember, this does not have to happen all in one day. You can take just an hour of your day to teach one or two commands before moving on to another one to avoid any confusion on the dog’s part.
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Fetch

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 - 60 min
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Toys
Treats
Water
Activity description

Fetch is a timeless dog game that has been around for years. Even with all the latest advancements in dog entertainment, nothing beats a classic game of fetch with your furry friend. You can change things up and use any kind of toy to your liking, including tennis balls, stuffed toys or even a Frisbee disc! Adding new elements to the game will prevent your dog from getting bored and will keep things exciting. While you can play fetch indoors, it is best done in an open area such as the backyard, a park or along the shore by the beach. 

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Find a spot to play in
Even though fetch can be played technically anywhere, it is best played outdoors when the weather is nice. It also allows you to take your dog out to a different environment, which your dog will find exciting. Find a spot near you where you can play some fetch, be it in a dog park or a beach. If you have a spacious backyard, you can also utilize that for the game.
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Retrieval of the toy
Once you find the perfect spot for playing fetch, get your dog’s attention. Then, throw the toy some distance away and watch how your dog runs after the item and retrieves it. When your dog comes back with the toy, show some affirmation either by gestures or through dog treats. Do this over and over again until your dog runs out of energy. Since fetch is a physical activity, do not forget to keep your dog hydrated.
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Toys (optional)
Activity description

One of the classic games to have ever been made, hide and seek is a pretty straightforward game that involves two actions – hiding and seeking. It is made more fun when you are playing with your dog. Not only does this let your dog use up any extra energy, it also help hone your dog’s hunting and seeking skills. More importantly, it opens up communication between the two of you and makes for mutual understanding and respect. The best part about playing this game is that it comes at no extra cost and can be played any time of the day, especially during the cold or rainy season when you are forced to stay with your pooch indoors. 

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Get your dog’s attention
The first thing you have to do is to get your dog’s attention. This can be done by either giving them a treat or using a toy to distract them. While your dog is busy with the distraction, use this opportunity to find a hiding place. The tricky part that comes with this step is preventing your dog from following you. It could be helpful if you have another person in your home who can hold your dog while you hide. If this isn’t possible, simply distract your dog and move quickly to your hiding spot.
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Call out to your dog
Once you are settled in the hiding place that you chose, call out your dog’s name. This will prompt your dog to follow the sound of your voice and look for you. You may also use some verbal cues or sounds, such as a whistle, to get your dog’s attention. To prevent your dog from getting bored or giving up easily, make your hiding place initially easy to find.
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Reward your dog
Once your dog finds you in your hiding place, reward your pooch with some treats for a job well done. Giving treats will also encourage your dog to play some more. You can also display affection by giving belly rubs, a pat on the head or other acts of affirmation to acknowledge your dog’s efforts. Then, simply find a new hiding spot and play all over again until your dog understands the game.
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Chasing Bubbles

Who knew bubbles could be an effective toy for dogs? Dogs like chasing anything new to their eyes, and bubbles are no exception. Since this activity mimics predatory behavior, your dogs will surely have a good time chasing, popping or watching the bubbles that you blow. However, you have to be sure that the bubbles that you are using do not contain any toxic substances that could be harmful for your dog.

Play with Water

Another fun-filled activity that costs practically nothing is playing with water through an outdoor hose or a sprinkler. Playful dogs usually have a knack for water-filled activities. Having a sprinkler or a hose can provide easy entertainment for your furry friend. All you have to do is turn the source of water on and watch your dog get wet! 

Conclusion

Having a naturally playful dog can definitely add color into your life and give you a lot of joy and fun. Doing various activities with your furry pal helps keep both you and your dog stimulated and active. It also enables you to forge a stronger bond with your dog and strengthens understanding between the two of you.