We spend so much time at work, playing on the phone and not enough time spending quality time with our dogs. Spending time with your dog builds a stronger relationship, develops stronger communication, and provides your dog with plenty of mental and physical stimulation. Plus the majority of these activities are free or cheap! You really can’t beat that. These are not only great ways to spend time with your dog, but also great ways to get your family together.
–Scavenger Hunt– This one you can do indoor or out. Use playing cards and hide them/hang them out on the trail or in the house. The person to find the most playing cards wins.
Make it a training exercise: Have your dog sit for every heart, down for every spade, shake for every spade, and stay for diamonds.
–Charity Pet Walk- Get active for a good cause
Make it a training exercise: Since there are tons of people and possibly dogs this is a great place to practice loose leash walking. Give your dog a treat when he looks at you.
–Hike– there is a hike for everyone from a short one to a long one.
Make it a training exercise: This is a great place to practice recalls. Bring a 10-15 foot long line and every time your dog gets close to the end of the leash say “Come” as you jog backwards.
–Bike Trip– Going for a long bike ride is a great way to get out as a family.
Make it a training exercise: Have your dog sit before crossing any street. If you are riding in a area where there aren’t streets try stopping and asking your dog to hold a sit as people pass.
–Sunset– Go out and watch the sunset.
Make it a training exercise: Ask your dog to hold a down stay or bring a KONG so your dog can practice patiently waiting.
–Picnic– Go for a walk to the nearest park and enjoy a picnic park with your family and pup
Make it a training exercise: Practice having your dog leave food, be sure to bring dog treats and a KONG
–Yoga– Go to the park and practice Yoga with your dog.
Make it a training exercise: You can have your dog hold eye contact, do a down stay, sit stay, or leave it while you hold a pose. If there is more then one person in your yoga party try calling your dog from one person to another.
–Take a Trip- Go camping or spend the weekend at a dog friendly pet hotel. This is fun for everyone.
Make it a training exercise: Staying at a hotel? Practice down stays in the lobby during busy check-in/check-out times. This will be great for practicing with distraction. Going camping- This is a great place to practice rewarding your dog for coming when called. Since there is a lot of fun things for your dog like wildlife, smells and food you can also practice your leave its.
You can also join a fun drop in agility, rally or tricks class with your dog.