Having family time with your dog is very important. It helps to strengthen the bond and keep things interesting, whether you’re stuck at home during a pandemic, or you’re outside during a warm, sunny day.
Here are 12 fun activities that any dog and their family can do:
1. Puzzle games
This is a great way to stimulate the entire family’s mind. There are tons of them available online, but be sure to choose one that is appropriate for dogs. It can even help to calm down the most excitable of dogs.
Help your dog and family get some exercise and stretches in with some dog yoga, or as it is popularly known, dog yoga. There are tons of videos on Youtube and Tik Tok with simple moves everyone can do!
Hide and tell your dog to find you using a loud, excited tone. Don’t make it too complicated at first since this is new. Try behind the couch or curtains, and give your dog a treat or pet whenever he/she finds you. Upgrade to more complicated hiding spots like inside your garden shed, or in your closet as your dog gets better at finding you.
4. Talky Doggy
Order a special tool called a dog training buzzer online for this game. With it, you record your voice saying simple words and play them to your dog. Your dog will then press the corresponding buzzer whenever they want to say it to you, for example, food!
5. Dog Park
Nothing beats the great outdoors! Visit your local dog park and interact with other dogs and their families. It’s also a great way to let your dog release all that energy without causing a mess at home!
Who doesn’t love a good game of fetch? You can play fetch with anything, from a ball to your dog’s favorite toy. It’s a great workout for everyone involved, and it’s simple and easy.
7. Paddleboarding (standing up)
If you live near to a beach, the whole family can hit the waves. Suit up in your life jackets, and get to paddleboarding, or if you prefer, kayaking, boating, or canoeing!
8. Nature walks
This is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with family and nature. Your dog will also be excited to discover a new environment.
Get your dog in on the action by using those paws to dig holes, or if you prefer, have him/her sit in the shade and watch as you plant dog-safe plants.
Pet-friendly restaurants are becoming more popular, so you may be able to have lunch while your dog enjoys a bowl of water or his/her own meal. How divine!
There are also dog-friendly hotels, and your dog might enjoy a trip away from home. Just be sure to do research and find out how other families enjoyed their vacation.
12. Doggie massage
Let your dog get pampered after a long day of running in the park or laying on the pouch. You can do it yourself, or have a professional take care of it!