Your dog is probably just as tired of being cooped up all winter as you are. Now that spring is here, it’s time to enjoy the warmer, sunny days! Here are some outdoor activities that are bound to put a little spring in their paws. Remember – this is all about fun, so make sure your dog enjoys or is fit enough for each activity. Check with your veterinarian if you are unsure!
- Hiking or jogging. Start on easy, shorter trails if this is a new activity.
- Sitting at a café is a great place to practice ‘stay’.
- Let your dog’s nose take you on a walk. It’s a wonderful way to see what piques your pup’s curiosity.
- Outdoor play dates. Great for the humans too!
- Fetch or Frisbee. These classic games never get old.
- Dog parks can be tail-waggin’ fun if your dog enjoys canine company.
- Water fun such as swimming, kayaking, dock diving, paddleboarding or boating.
- Sprinkler time! Perfect for late spring when it’s starting to get hot.
- Yard work or gardening. Give your dog “jobs” like picking up sticks. Keep hazardous chemicals or dangerous equipment out of harm’s reach. And be prepared for a bath afterwards!
- Treibball, Flyball or Push Ball. This is a fun way to burn off that extra energy & build strength.
- Geocaching will get you both exploring the neighborhood.
Before heading out:
- Grab the right gear like a doggy life jacket, leash and treats.
- Keep your pup’s vaccines and preventative care current. Think tick, mosquito and heartworm.
- Bring supplies to clean up after your pet.
- Make sure their pet ID tag is up-to-date and that you have a dog tracker set up, in case they run off or get lost.
- A vet check is a good idea if you’re increasing your dog’s activity.