Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Healthy – and You Too

Article by Jordan Clark (edited)

activities to keep your dog healthy

Healthy and Fun Things to Do With Your Dog Outside

Active living is often associated with living a long and healthy life for humans and dogs alike. However, finding new and interesting ways to keep you and your dog active can sometimes be a challenge. Just like you, your furry friend can become bored with the same old song-and-dance. That is why you should switch up the activities every now and then.

If you and your dog tend to stick to indoor activities, trying out some outdoor activities may do the trick. Getting outside can help you and your dog live long and happy lives.

When it’s nice out, all that most people want to do is get outside. If you and your pup have been kept indoors after a long winter, it’s time for you to get outdoors and make the most of the warmer weather. Here are some outdoor activities that you and your dog should try.

Go for a Walk

This one is the most obvious and most common outdoor activities for you and your dog. Still, there are ways to make your regular dog walk more interesting. You can change up your regular walks by walking in a new neighborhood or by joining a dog-walking group.

Both are exciting ways to make your regular walks more interesting. Joining a dog walking group can give your dog the chance to play with other dogs. Surrounding yourselves with others can make your regular walk that much more fun.

Visit Your Local Dog Park

Dog parks can be a great place to exercise and socialize your dog, and you too! Visiting a dog park can give your dog the opportunity to interact and play with other dogs. While there, you can hang out with other dog owners to make it a fun and social outdoor activity for you and your dog.

Before you head down to your local dog park, be sure to brush up on some of the basics of Dog Park Etiquette. Here is a quick refresher:

  • Make sure that your dog’s licences are up to date;
  • Keep an eye on how your dog is behaving around other dogs;
  • Check to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current;
  • Always clean up after your pup;
  • Don’t bring your dog if he is aggressive and does not like strangers;

At the end of the day, you know your dog best. If your pup seems uncomfortable at the dog park, consider removing him from the situation. If your dog is the anxious type, you can calm his nerves with CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is a natural substance that has been proven to relieve anxiety so your pup can make the most of his time at the dog park.

Go for a Quick Dip

If it is hot out, taking your pup for a walk might put him in danger of heatstroke or burnt paws. That is why swimming can be a great outdoor activity for both you and your dog. Swimming can help cool you and your pup down on those warm summer days.

Swimming for dogs

Swimming is a great, low-impact activity that is a great choice for aging or injured pups. You can take your dog to a local beach to enjoy a quick dip. Alternatively, you can to see if your community pool has any “dog” days. Dog days are designated days at the pool when pet owners are allowed to bring their dogs to the pool for a nice swim.

Go Camping

Camping is a great way to get outdoors and take a break from the fast pace of life for both you and your dog. Camping can help you and your dog get in tune with nature. Getting outside and surrounding your pup with new sights, smells and sounds will refresh his senses.

Bring the Games Outdoors

Taking the games you normally play inside into the outdoors can add another level of fun for you and your dog. Playing fetch inside can be fun but taking it to the backyard or the park gives you and your dog so much more room to play. You can play almost any game with your dog outdoors to make the most of nicer weather.

Test Your Dog’s Agility

Agility is one of the most popular canine sports. Agility classes are an outdoor activity that puts your dog’s skills to the test. If you think that your pup might be a secret athlete, sign the two of you up for an agility class.

Agility for dogs

In an agility class, you get to try to direct your dog around an obstacle course. If your dog is an active type, this class will be a lot of fun for both of you. Get outdoors with this activity and help your dog improve his running and jumping skills.

Take a Hike!

Although this outdoor activity is not something that you can do every day, it is still a fun way to get you and your dog outside. Immerse yourselves in new surroundings in this outdoor activity for just you two. You can start by choosing easier hiking trails and then work your way up to more challenging ones. Talk about a fun outdoor challenge!

Check Out Local Events

Getting outdoors with your dog can be as easy as going over to the local fair, run or walk. Many cities and communities host dog-friendly events. Check your community calendar to see if there are any local outdoor events that you can bring your pup along to.

Just Relax

Some outdoor activities for you and your dog don’t require much activity at all. Getting outside with your pup can be as easy as heading to the park just to relax. If you are looking to wind down and want your pup to chill out too, try giving him some CBD dog treats.

This article is originally published on FOMO Bones.

Top image by Tom und Nicki Löschner from Pixabay
Swimming image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay
Agility image by SnottyBoggins from Pixabay

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