by Ben Warden
Have you had fun with your dog lately? It can sometimes be difficult to think of ways for you and your dog to spend more time together. I sometimes fall into my schedule and struggle to make time for my beloved canine friends.
Spending quality time is a great way to strengthen the bond between dog and owner. There is no better way to relax and de-stress than spending that much needed quality time with your furry best friend. Here are my top 5 ways to have fun with your dog.
- Take a Walk and Explore
I know this one may seem obvious but this is a most basic way to have a blast with your pet. There are so many options that come with a collar and leash. You can take a leisurely stroll down your street or take a walk to the nearest corner store.
I love to take my dog into the woods. Pack water, snacks, and a blanket to sit on. My dog and I could stay out in the woods all day if we could. No better way to run away from all the stresses of this world while having a blast in the process.
Regular walks can also be great for you and your dog’s health.
- Take a Mini-Vacation
How about packing up the dog and going away for the weekend? Dogs LOVE to explore new places almost as much as humans do! I once took my dog to the beach an hour away from my home. I booked a pet-friendly hotel and had two days of sun, sand, and excitement.
The beach isn’t the only option. Check your local sites and attractions. There are bound to be a few that are dog-friendly. The bond I have with my dog grows stronger with every new adventure we take.
You can also take your dog on your next big vacation trip. This way you don’t have to worry about who will care for the dog while you are gone or if they will miss you. They are a member of the family after all!
- Set up a Play Date
Dogs are definitely one of the most popular pets and for good reason! It is highly likely that someone you know has a dog. Ask co-workers, family, and friends if they would be interested in setting up a doggie play date.
Dogs love to socialize and make friends. It is extremely healthy for your dog to spend time with a member of their own species. No one can play with a dog as well as another dog can!
Our canine counterparts are great ice-breakers and conversation starters. Who knows? You might just end up making a few friends along the way yourself!
- Take a Trip to the Local Pet Store
Many pet stores allow you to bring your dog inside with you. (You will, of course, have to keep your dog on a leash at all times) Your dog will find great joy in accompanying you on a simple dog food run or you can even let them pick out a toy for themselves.
My dog loves to take a stroll and look at all the fish and birds on display. This is another great way for your dog to socialize as well as for you to meet other “dog people.”
This is a fun video showing a husky taking a shopping trip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsY005biZ2g
- Have a Lazy Day
On those oh so rare days where you have nothing to do, curl up with your beloved pooch and relax! My husky will sit for hours and let me scratch her ears or rub her tummy.
I love to make my dog a treat, pour myself a warm cup of tea, and snuggle up with one of my favorite movies or books. No need to get creative or try to think of something “fun” to do. Just enjoy each other’s company and soak up all the fuzzy affection you can.
There are so many fun things you can do when you have a dog. Just about any routine daily activity can be fun with your faithful canine by your side! My dogs are my best friends and my most favorite form of entertainment.
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