Activities For Small Dogs Outside

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Introduction

More than likely, your small dog stays inside with you. That’s part of their charm; they’re tiny, so even if they make a mess, it’s usually a smaller mess on the doggie scale. When they finally get a chance to run free outside or even walk on their leash, they’re elated. They’re alive like never before with a world of smells and interesting sights before them. Keep reading for some activity suggestions regarding your small doggo’s time spent outdoors.

Hunt for Supper

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Dog Food
Outdoor Hiding Places
Activity description
We don’t really think about small dogs possessing the innate urge to hunt, but plenty of them were actually bred to wander into low-lying brush and fetch small game. They’ve historically ran through meadows and forests alike in search of their masters’ prized kills. And that small hunting heartbeat still beats today. It’s really cool when you think about connecting your dog to their ancestry in this way. They’ll adore the chance to get outside, feel the breeze, and hunt for their dinner! So, we hope you’ll jump at the opportunity to scoot on out the door with your excited fur baby.
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Hiding supper
It’s wonderful if you have at least one other friend to help you with this. If you have a couple of kids, it’ll go even faster. However, it works on your own, too. Head outdoors to hide the kibble. You may, of course, place the bits in open, usual spots, but also try to find some new hiding places to keep your dog guessing!
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Unleash the hunter
After your pooch’s food is hidden, release your small (and at this point, wild) girl or boy into the yard or park area. They’ll have to hunt their dinner down! And they’ll love every second of it. Once they get a whiff of that familiar scent, they’ll put their head down and get to work! (Tip: You can also leave them on their leash and let them walk around and hunt if you need to do so.)
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Finding a secluded area
If you don’t have the ability to hide your pup’s dinner in your own backyard, be strategic about where you place the food in the public park, where other dogs may be wandering the premises. Locate an area that isn’t being used. You’d hate for other pets to begin eating your doggo’s dinner.
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Hound Happy Hour

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Sunny Day
Free
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2 hrs
Items needed
Doggie Toys
Doggie Treats
Doggie Waste Bags
Activity description
Never underestimate the power of a little socializing. You may think your small dog is satisfied with only you as a playmate. And you’re right! But still, if you have a friend with another small dog, maybe it’s worth calling them and inviting their little buddy over for fun in the yard or park. When you get off of work, you enjoy happy hour. Well, when you get off work and head home, your dog is ready for a happy hour of sorts as well. They’ve been relaxing and unwinding all day, so now they’re ready to exert some energy. They get their buzz out in the open air, running, digging, and sniffing! And having a pooch pal to hang with is a good time.
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Invite friends
You know what to do first. Either call your friends up for Hound Happy Hour, or head out to the local park. You’re sure to make some new friends there, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a dog park nearby. You might set up a regular doggie playdate if things go well and the pups seem inseparable at the end of the hour.
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Bring the entertainment
The entertainment for you and your friends (new and old) will be watching your dogs have a great time together. But sometimes, your pups need something to do. They might like playing fetch, Frisbee, or tug-of-war with each other. They might simply enjoy chasing and sniffing each other as well!
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Awarding treats
Whether the Hound Happy Hour included two or five doggos, make sure everyone gets rewarded for playing together so well. Belly rubs and dog treats are appropriate. During our own happy hours, we like hanging out, of course, but we also enjoy getting our favorite treats! Don’t deny your fur child or children that added bonus.
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Bad to the Bone Ball

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Laundry basket or bucket
Doggie Toys (Balls)
Doggie Treats
Activity description
Basically, Bad to the Bone Ball is your furry companion's form of basketball. This is a great way to test some of their mental capacities and to practice commands you’ve more than likely already taught them. Once they get the hang of this activity, you won’t be able to stop them from ringing all kinds of baskets around your house. In fact, when you notice that a toy is missing from your doggo’s usual stash, you’ll have to check all the receptacles and containers around your home. Maybe they’ve been playing Bad to the Bone Ball on their own! How adorable! You can play this both outdoors and indoors.
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Set up
Locate a bucket, laundry basket, or tiny waste receptacle that’s the appropriate size for your dog’s shorter stature. You might even use their food bowl. Take their toy balls outside. You might want to grab some treats as well, especially if this is your pup’s first time playing Bad to the Bone Ball. They might need a little tasty encouragement as they learn the rules. (Bonus: You’re teaching them how to pick up their toys as well.)
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Time to slam dunk
Show them how to take the ball and put it into the bucket. You can then toss the ball out for them to go and fetch. But in order to get a treat or a “Good boy/girl!” chant, they have to put the toy in the small bin. You can play this with their favorite toy, which certainly doesn’t have to be a ball. Whatever they respond to best will work just fine!
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Massage for the MVP
Your small dog is your heart’s most valuable player on and off the court. So, feel free to reward them for their playful and always spirited efforts during the activity. You can give them treats, and they love that. But they also love just being close to you, getting a belly rub or some good old-fashioned scratches behind the ears!
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A Walk to Wag! About

Sometimes, the short legs of small dogs can’t go very far, but they still love to walk. In my own home, we take a wagon (or Wag!-On) along for the journey. We pull our little Yorkie inside of it when she finally tires out. This can be great exercise for the entire family.

Capture the Flag

Attach a piece of cloth, a bandana, or an actual flag to the end of a rope or PVC pipe (or both). Drag the “flag” around the yard and let your dog chase you. This is great to play with kiddos who also need to exert some energy.

Conclusion

Whether they're going for a walk or jog, slam dunking, or just trying to locate their supper, they're a happy dog. Get your small pup outside whenever you get the chance. Just because they’re little doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy big fun. Sometimes, they’re actually the wildest of party animals.