Exercise is crucial for both humans and canines to remain healthy. It’s good to go on daily walks, but there are times when you should plan out something a little more fun. Just like you, your dog enjoys a break in the usual routine and a chance to go exploring. Here are a few ideas for fun activities to do with your dog outside, at least once a week, in place of your usual walk.
Outdoor Dog Activities
Head for the hills
Dogs love a chance for adventure, and a hike is a great way to show them a new experience. Go to a place that is dog-friendly and see all that nature has to offer. Steer clear of high grass and brush, as you are more likely to encounter pests such as ticks there. If there is a set path, follow that and you should be good to go. If not, just look around and use common sense.
Go for a swim
Clearly this one depends on the weather, but if it’s sunny and warm outside, this is a great option. Dogs instinctively know how to swim, but you don’t need to take them to deep water for this to be enjoyable. Even if it’s just wading through a creek to cool off for a few minutes, you’ll be your dog’s hero if you take them on some kind of aquatic adventure.
Many cities have designated parks or sections where dogs can run free. Find one in your area and make a day out of it. You can pack a picnic lunch with both dog and human food. Take a tennis ball, Frisbee or other outdoor dog toy and be prepared to meet other humans and their canine companions! It’s a great chance for positive socialization, and remember to take some pictures, because you’ll surely create memories.
Whatever you decide to do with your dog, make sure it is fun and safe. Your canine companion deserves to have fun just like you. Plan out the activity and treat it like any recreational thing you do for yourself, because your dog looks forward to it as much as you do.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ron Rutherford enjoys reading, writing, dogs, and the great outdoors. He writes for Havahart Wireless, manufacturers of quality electric fencing for dogs.
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10 thoughts on “3 Fun Activities to do With Your Dog Outside”
As I was telling you I have one that likes to fish– Precious is so good she puts me to shame sometimes– She loves fish– She wants to eat it raw– but I always clean them and cook them for her– makes me worry with worms, maybe a hook, and those bones fish have. I wonder if I need to get her a fishing license–lol
I am so lucky alll are babies love swimming, camping, and hiking. We have one that has a bad habit –that she always wants to go fishing too. Thanks for the review.
I love hearing from people who are active with their dogs. Yes, you are lucky, Dianna. The one who likes to fish, does she ever catch any? lol Thanks for leaving me a comment!
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Thank you for visiting my site, Matthew. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Come back again!
Well, I don’t live close to sidewalks right now and when i did recently for about 8 months, I was first sick with healing from double pneumonia and then felt so bad with pain in my hip and lower back, that my little dog, Cubby, didn’t get out. My daughter had a very small back yard that he didn’t even like going out. I’m somewhere temporarily and there is a huge yard here that he loves. But, so cold here in Ohio right now. Hopefully, I will be able to move soon and and there will definitely be sidewalks and parks. Thank you for the tips and advice. Yes, our babies need exercise and play too!
Sounds like you’ve got a long going on right now, Debra. I do hope that you’ll be able to get a place where there will be plenty of things for Cubby to do. All the best. Thanks for stopping by.
Those are great ideas! My girls love all of them except swimming! 😀
You girls don’t like swimming? I’m surprised! I thought all dogs liked to swim. Thanks for visiting us today, Lauren. I appreciate you!