10 Best Dog Activities To Keep Your Pups Active And Healthy

Both humans and pets alike enjoy extra-curricular activities! These 10 best activities for your dog or puppy will have you engaged and wanting to try them with your pet! There are indoor activities as well as outdoors, so that dog and owner both have a good time, no matter what the weather! Read on to learn more.


1. Dog with a ball

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This is one of the most exciting and sought after activities which engages the dog and owner and enables a bond to be created. The activity can be played indoors as well as outdoors. ”Fetch” is a common name for the game played where the owner throws the ball and the faithful and playful pet goes to retrieve it. Various colorful balls are available in stores to make this activity a whole lot of fun!


2. Running pals

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What better way to keep fit than with the company of your dog? Yes, cycling can be a fun activity for humans and animals alike! All you have to do is leash up your buddy and take them along while they run alongside, making this a great activity!


3. Dog Laser Pointer

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This is a fun activity, yet for some it could get dangerous. You must gauge the reactions of your dog to the laser, because not all dogs enjoy it! And don’t point it toward their eyes! All you need to do is flash it in any other direction and he begins to follow it. Try this to keep you and your pup entertained!


4. Tug of war

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This game is a fun and challenging activity for the dog and owner. Dogs use all their strength and do not let go of the rope until the owner releases it.  Be careful, as this could get a little rowdy if your pup gets too excited!


5. Obstacle Fun

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Obstacles can be fun once your dog is trained to jump bars!  He surely will enjoy this power packed activity.  Dogs find this fun and the owner takes pride in seeing him perform such talented acts!  Be sure to get your dog trained by a dog trainer before he performs these advanced skills.


6. Up and down stairs

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Running up and down the stairs is enjoyed by all dogs and in times like today, it is an easy and low cost activity! Any dog loves this activity, the owner should set the dog free to take the lead and run by himself (if he is trained to not run away). It is also good for the health and strength of your dog!


7. Swimming

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Dogs are known to be natural swimmers and this absolutely fun activity allows them to enjoy every minute paddling away. This is more of a leisure activity and fun toys, such as a ball, can be thrown in to the water to accompany the dog to make his swimming expedition a whole lot of fun! Ponds, lakes and pools are suitable water bodies to take him into for that weekend swimming spree.


8. Dog treats

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Treats serve as gratifications to dogs and we all enjoy a treat once in a while, now don’t we? Interesting games can be played with treats, such as hiding them behind doors and under pillows, etc.  Playing hide and seek games excites him and makes this game a great one! Some treats are high in calcium and will have your pup hankering after more!


9. Hiking with dogs

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Hiking is a great weekend getaway, but of course dog and owner must both have great levels of stamina to make this activity fun and engaging! Choose a great hiking spot and enjoy good time together in the great outdoors. The owner and dog pace each other on the hills and take in the sheer beauty of nature at its very best.


10. Socializing

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Doggy Socials are fast becoming the trend and today we even have restaurants which are pet-friendly, allowing several dog owners and their dogs to socialize simultaneously. As man is a social animal, so is man’s best friend! Socializing increases the feel-good factor in both dogs and humans and helps dogs get to know one another. Hanging out in like-minded company is always fun and welcome! Don’t we all agree?


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