Activities For You To Enjoy With Your Dog

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Introduction

Keeping your pet active and healthy is an important part of being a dog owner, and sometimes this can be a big commitment. However, staying active with your dog shouldn’t be a chore. Instead of going on the same dull walk every day, there are lots of fun and exciting activities that you can participate in with your best pal. Playing games with your pooch is also the best way to strengthen your bond and get to know your dog better. Depending on your own physical abilities as well as your budget, there are a variety of things to do with your dog in all environments and types of weather.

Backpacking Trip

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Hard
24 - 72 Hours
Items needed
first aid kit
food and water
leash
tent
backpack
sleeping bag
Activity description

Backpacking can be a great way for you and your dog to get out of the house and enjoy to the outdoors. The goal of this activity is to find a beautiful location in nature and spend one or several days travelling across the land. Depending on your and your dog’s physical abilities, you can make your adventure last 2 days to a whole week. It is important to prepare before you take off to the wilderness, and to train yourself and your furry friend for the physical demands of this activity. These trips can require a lot of training and preparation, and are best suited for the people and pets who are in good shape.

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Prepare well
It is important to prepare yourself and your dog before leaving for your wilderness trek. This means packing and double checking your bag to make sure that you have enough supplies for both you and your dog. Training for the hikes you will be doing should be part of the prep; take strenuous walks over a period of several weeks as preparation. It is also important to make sure that you and your dog are up to date on all of your vaccines, and make sure to pack a first aid kit just in case! Sometimes preparing for a trip such as this can take weeks!
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Choose your destination
There are many beautiful locations for you and your dog to enjoy. However, when you choose your location, make sure that the nature park allows overnight backpacking and is also dog-friendly. For your first few backpacking trips, choose a location close to home, just in case anything unexpected happens. Once you and your dog go on several trips, you can think about expanding your area and even travelling the world!
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Set off for adventure!
Once you have packed your bag and chosen your location, it’s time to take off! Put on the leash, load up the car and set off for adventure. Once you get to your location, check again that you have everything that you need as well as a way to contact help just in case. Then, all that is left is to explore a beautiful location with your best furry friend!
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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30 - 120 min
Items needed
tennis balls
obstacles
Activity description

Flyball is one of the most popular dog sports known today, and is lots of fun for both dog and owner. It is essentially a relay race with dogs in teams of 4-6, and it involves the dog racing over a few obstacles and pressing on a lever that releases a tennis ball. The dog then has to retrieve the tennis ball and race back to the starting point for the next dog to go. This is a great activity for owners who are looking for a fun hobby that they can participate in with their pooch. This sport can take some time to perfect; the more you and your dog practice, the better you will be! This is also an excellent way for you and your dog to make new friends. There are clubs and competitions all over the world, so do some research and find one close to you!

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Find a club
There are lots of dog clubs that offer flyball and have teams that you can join! If there are no existing teams in your area, you can always start your own. Once you find a club, you and your dog will meet your team and begin to practice. Although some dogs are better built for this sport, all pooches are welcome to participate.
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Practice consistently
This is a competitive sport, and it is expected for you and your dog to put in some time practicing. If you can’t make it to the club often, you can always buy a flyball set and create a course in your own backyard! Even if you do not plan to become competitive in this sport, your dog will love playing with the obstacles just for fun. This will be a great way for you and your pup to spend quality time together, as well as stay active!
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Compete at events
There are occasional flyball meetings and competitions, and it can be fun to go out with your team and see how well you can do! Although it is a competition, playing flyball is just for fun, and the outings will be a great way for you and your dog to get away from home and spend time with other dog lovers.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Obedience training is something that all owners should participate in with their pets, and is an important part of the upbringing of all puppies. By completing basic obedience courses, you can teach your dog the simple and essential commands such as “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “heel”, “wait” and much more. Learning these commands can be very important, and can keep your dog safe in a dangerous situation. Moreover, they will make your dog understand to look to you for direction and they will learn to trust and respect you. By participating in these courses with young pups, you will also be able to socialize them with the other dogs in the class, which will help them get along well with other pets later on in their life. If you enjoy these classes, you can take it further by enrolling in advanced obedience classes or trick training.

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Enroll in obedience classes
The first step is to find the closest place that offers obedience classes, and to sign you and your dog up. Classes usually meet once a week, and there will be a teacher in place with an experienced dog on hand; both will explain and demonstrate the drills. You will have other owners and dogs in your class, unless you choose to enroll in private lessons. You don’t need much for these classes, just a leash, dog treats and motivation to learn!
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Pay attention in class!
During class, you and your dog will learn the basic commands that can be used in your everyday life. You will practice the commands in class and get tips and pointers from your teacher, and many organizations choose to give handouts that further explain the drills. Make sure to pay attention, and try your best!
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Do your homework
Although you will practice during class, you will still need to repeat the exercises on your own time in order to keep up with the class. It is important to master the commands from the previous week before the next class because each week you will learn something new, building upon the previous lesson and you don’t want to be left behind. Only practice for a half hour or so per day, as to not overwork your dog. Remember that these courses should be fun for both you and your furry friend!
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Agility Training

Dog agility is a popular activity that dogs and owners can participate in together. It involves the handler guiding their dog through a series of obstacles, all of which require different physical and mental skills. This will keep your dog physically in shape, as well as mentally happy. Dog agility will get you moving too!

Hiking

If you have nothing to do and it’s a beautiful day outside, take a hike! This can be a great one day activity for you and your dog if you don’t want to commit to a whole backpacking trip. You can go out and enjoy nature, and your dog’s company.

Conclusion

Overall, there are numerous activities that owners and their furry companions can participate in together that will keep both human and pet happy and healthy. Whether you decide to do a week-long backpacking trip with your dog or just relax and take a nap together, the most important part is to spend time with your dog. Getting out of the house to visit parks or joining clubs can also be a great way for you and your animal companion to make new friends!