4 Great Ideas To Keep Your Dogs Active
How to make sure your best friends are getting the exercise and attention they need
Everyone knows all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Sitting in the office all day isn’t fun for any of us, but the same can be said for your dog. They might not have an office to sit in, but to them, you’re the life of the party. Things just aren’t the same without you around. So when you get home, do you simply let Fido out to run for a bit, or take him on the same walk every day? Sometimes our pets might benefit from a little more stimulation than we think. So next time you’re sitting on the couch and your pet stares up at you with those big sad eyes, try one of these fun activities to get that tail wagging.
1. Walk or Run
You probably already take your dog for a walk, but do you take him or her on the same route every time? Try taking a new street next time you’re out for a walk, and watch how much your pooch will perk up. New sights, sounds, and especially smells are great for your dog. Want to get the both of you in shape? Try going for a run instead of a walk. Your dog might look at you funny at first, but we guarantee they’ll get into the spirit quickly.
2. Take a Hike
Hopefully you’re lucky enough to have a park or large area where dogs are allowed off leash. If you are, this is a great way to spend some quality time with your dog. Without the restraint of a leash, your pooch will love socializing with other dogs and getting to sniff around the new nature.
3. Go to the Dog Park
Maybe you don’t have a lot of nature around, but your city or town probably has a dog park around somewhere. This is a fantastic way for your dog to socialize and meet some new friends, especially if he’s the only pet in the house. Many parks have areas for small and big dogs, so you don’t have to worry about your little puppy getting run over by a much larger dog.
4. Tug of War
This may sound like a pretty simple game that your dog will get tired of, but believe us, in many cases it just never gets old. Take a sturdy dog toy, or even just a piece of rope, and shake it around until your dog gets curious. If they’re anything like ours, they are going to want that toy. If you manage to win, give it a toss and watch them chase it down and bring it back for more. Both you and your canine pal will get a great workout from this simple game.
So there you go, some simple ideas to get you out of a rut and keep your dog happy and fit. If you have any more ideas, share them with us in the comments below!
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