Dogs are just as good at being a couch potato as we are, however finding Fun Things to Do with your Dog does have many benefits.
Benefits for Pet Owners
Over the years research has shown the following health benefits from owning a pet,
- Increases your immunity
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps with our anxiety. You feel the love when you come home from a hard day’s work
- Dogs have been known even to help their owners get a date
- Improve circulation
- Increase your fitness and motivation
Benefits for Pets especially Dogs
Dogs are pack animals and need to be socialized and interacted with. Here are some of the disadvantages and some of the issues the “No Fun or Interaction” can affect dogs.
- They learn how to socialize with other pets and importantly people, especially children
- Helps reduce boredom, so they do not start to or learn these bad behaviours to help them deal with being lonely or from anxiety:
- chewing inappropriate items
- jumping the fence and escaping
- chasing inappropriately
- timid and scared
- Both the owner and dog learn to communicate which helps to avoid behaviour problems. If any issues arise, they can be dealt with as soon as identified ensuring a quick resolution so you can get on with having fun.
- A mental boost for both of you
It has been proven, especially for dogs, owners who train and play with their dogs live a more harmonious life and keep their dog. Sadly most of the time the reason a dog is given up is due to the annoying bad behaviours due to boredom, no interaction, and training. This is so important as a dog is for life, not eight months while it is cute and cuddly.
Let your Inner Child Shine
Dogs do not care who is watching; they just want to have fun and make us happy. They are like a sponge and the more time you put into them, the more fun you both will have. Repetition, patience and making it fun is the best way we all learn. Be a clown and make it exciting. No one will ever come near you if you keep growing and yelling so why would your pet. They just want to please us; you will be surprised how fast they learn and love to learn.
Recreational or Competitive
It is amazing how many activities you can do with your dog and family. Whether you are a competitive person with the appropriate pet or just want to have fun, the choice is endless. Where you live is another factor when looking at activities to do and keeping your pet’s safety in check. For example in the colder and hotter climates. I look forward to adding to this list over time however here are a few to start. You may even find another new activity to start and enjoy.
- Obedience Training
- Taking your dog camping and day trips
- Dog parks and Dog walks for fundraising
- Games like fetch, hide and seek, find the treat
- Take your dog kayaking
- Pet therapy to help people in need
- As a running partner
- Teach them to ride a skateboard
- SUPing – Stand-up paddleboarding
- The Beach
As you can see, being active with your dog does not have to cost money. Fresh air and lots of space is the best prescription.
The more research I do, the more amazed at what activities we can do with our dogs. Drop us a note on what activities you both love doing.
Until next time, play safely and keep enjoying each other.
Helen and Cleopatra
Watching the rain at the beach. No Cleopatra is not driving LOL