After a long winter cooped up inside, chances are you and your dog are itching to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you’re a new dog owner or looking for new things to try, you may need some ideas on activities to do with your new best friend.
Are you and your dog bored and unsure of what to do this spring? We’ve got you covered.
But first, here's a short checklist to help your pet make the most of the warmer weather:
Now that your four-legged companion is prepped and ready to go, let's take a look at some of the fun activities you two can do together this spring.
If You & Your Pup Are Stuck Inside:
Springtime rain showers got you down? Even if you’re stuck inside, you and your pup can still enjoy bonding time and stimulating activities. Here are just a few:
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If You & Your Pup Want To Hit The Great Outdoors:
It’s the time you and your pup have been waiting for—time to go enjoy the fresh springtime air! Gather the necessities and head on out!
Take A Hike
It’s time to explore the great outdoors! Find a local hillside, national park, off-leash beaches, nature preserve, or trail that you and your pup can enjoy together. Strap on a comfortable dog harness and put on a long leash. The physical exercise accompanied by the sights and smells will be helpful stimulators of your dog’s instincts for sniffing, foraging, licking, and maybe even some running. If there’s a local lake that allows safe swimming, you, Fido, and some friends and family can take a day trip there. Make sure you get your dog a life jacket to help them enjoy the water safely and confidently.
Plan A Playdate
Does your dog have a bestie? Get them together for a play date! Just like humans, dogs need to socialize and make friends. Catch up with your friends and your dog’s friends by calling them up and inviting them to a local dog park or meeting up at home.
Try A New Walking Route
Your dog appreciates the extra exercise, whether it’s just a 10-minute walk up the road or an hour-long excursion around the neighborhood. Keep in mind your dog’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, older dogs or specific breeds may tire quicker and need more breaks than younger dogs or other more energetic dogs. Watch out for signs of fatigue such as heavy panting, slowing or halting speed, and limping.
Work on Training & Tricks
Get your pup outside and put that energy to good use by teaching them some useful obedience training like heel, sit, come, and stay, or some fun new tricks like shake, play dead, spin, and so much more. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, praise, petting, or a favorite toy or game. Most dogs are highly food-motivated, so we recommend something healthy AND delicious if you choose to go with treats. It’s never too late to teach an older dog new tricks, despite popular belief. New dog owner and not sure where to start? Check out our blog for 5 Training Tips for New Dog Owners.
It is important to note: Although regular exercise is important for your dog, every dog is different. Some dogs require different amounts of exercise or stimulation. If you’re in need of some exercise tips for your dog’s breed, check out our blog on Daily Exercise for Every Breed Type.
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What’s your go-to activity with your pup in the springtime? Let us know!
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