Five Fun Things to Do with Your Dog

Five fun things to do with your dog that will make you both smile.

ACTIVITIES

Ruth

9/29/20234 min read

a dog is playing with a ball in the sand
a dog is playing with a ball in the sand

5 Fun Activities you can do with your Dog

If you are a dog lover, like me, you’ll probably want to enjoy spending time with your furry friends and making them happy.

Dogs are loyal, loving, and fun to be around. They are companions who can enrich our lives in so many ways. But sometimes, you might run out of ideas on how to keep your dog entertained and stimulated.

To help you have fun with your dog I’ve put together a list of five fun things to do with your dog that will make you both smile. Whether you want to stay indoors, in your backyard or go further afield, there is something here for every dog and owner to enjoy.

Learning a Trick or Two

Teach your dog a new trick or two. You may have noticed that dogs love to learn new things and show off their skills. Teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to bond with them, challenge their mind, and reward their behaviour.

You can start with simple commands like sit, stay, and come. These basic commands will be vital for your dog to learn and will form the basis of good behaviour in the coming years. It may take a while for them to learn these, especially if they are young or have not been trained before, but with kindness and gentle persistence, your dog will begin to understand how pleased you are when they get it right.

Once your dog has mastered those basic commands try moving on to more advanced tricks like roll over, shake, or play dead.

If your dog is working hard to get these tricks right for you, you can’t expect them to do it for nothing! Praise and treats always work well. You can use treats, toys, or praise as rewards, and make sure to keep the training sessions short and positive. If your training sessions go on for too long, you may find that your dog starts to lose interest and then both of you will become frustrated by the situation.

You can find many online tutorials and videos on how to teach your dog different tricks, or you can enroll in a local obedience class for more guidance and socialisation.

Find me if you can

Dogs love to search for stuff! Playing hide-and-seek is a great way to get their noses twitching.

This is a fun game that you can play either indoors or outdoors with your dog. It helps them practice their scenting and tracking abilities, as well as their recall skills.

To play hide-and-seek, you need to hide somewhere in your house or yard, and then call your dog's name. When they find you, give them a treat or a toy as a reward.

You can also hide treats or toys around the house or yard and let your dog sniff them out. Make sure to praise your dog when they find the hidden items, and gradually increase the difficulty of the hiding spots.

Carrots are great for sniffing out. Just chop a carrot into bite-sized pieces and hide them around your house or garden. Your dog will love running around searching for the treats. Although they may start to remember the hiding spots after playing this game for a while!

Walkies!

Walking is one of the best activities for a dog and their owner. It provides physical exercise, mental stimulation, and socialisation for both of you. Walking also helps reduce stress, improve mood, and strengthen your bond.

Just look at your dog’s face when you mention ‘that word’ and reach for their collar and lead.

You can vary your walking routes and explore new places with your dog, or you can join a local walking group or club for more fun and friendship.

If you want to challenge yourself and your dog more, you can go for a hike on a trail or in a park. Hiking is a great way to enjoy the countryside and nature, see new sights, and burn more calories. Just make sure to bring enough water, snacks, and supplies for both of you, and follow the rules and regulations of the hiking area.

Don’t forget, if you are walking near farm animals in fields, put your dog on a leash. The same if there are young children around. The last thing you want is for your dog to be accused of being a nuisance.

Bubbles

Bubbles are not only for kids; they’re also for dogs!

Many dogs love to chase and pop bubbles, which is a fun and easy way to keep them entertained and active indoors or outdoors.

You can use a regular bottle of bubble solution or an automatic bubble maker to create bubbles for your dog to catch. You can also buy special bubble solutions that are flavoured or scented for dogs, such as bacon, peanut butter, or chicken.

Your dog will love the bubbles as they float across. Just watch and enjoy as your dog jumps and bites at the bubbles, then wonder where they’ve gone once they’ve burst! Don't forget to take some cute photos and videos of their antics to share with your friends.

Doggie Dates

Make a date with a doggie pal.

As we know, dogs are social animals who enjoy playing with other dogs. Playing with other dogs helps them develop their social skills, learn proper manners, and release pent-up energy.

It also gives them a chance to make new friends and have fun. Try to make a playdate with another dog owner who has a compatible dog with yours. You can also visit a local park, beach, or dog park where your dog can meet and mingle with other dogs. It’ll also allow you to make new friends with a similar interest.

Most importantly, make sure you supervise your dog's interactions with other dogs. You don’t want them to get over-excited and start to misbehave, if they do, you can intervene and manage any signs of aggression or discomfort.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the fun activities you can do with your dog.

Whatever you decide, make it fun for both of you and if your dog starts to get frustrated or distracted then just finish the training for the day and try again tomorrow.

Little and often works wonders.

Elderly man walking through woods with his Grandson and black Labrador dog
Elderly man walking through woods with his Grandson and black Labrador dog