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5 Spring Adventures to Have with Your Dog

We’ve been cooped up inside with our pets all winter, and now that spring has finally sprung we can get outside and enjoy the nice weather. Put those winter blues in your rear-view mirror and have some fun spring adventures with your canine companion! Going to the same dog park down the street or walking the same trails that you visit every spring isn’t going to cut it. Do something exciting that will stimulate you and your pet by taking one of these fun adventures together.

 

Adventure #1: Support a charity

Spring is a great time to get out with your pup in support of one of your favourite charities. Perhaps your local shelter is holding a walk or run to raise funds. Many large animal rescue organisations coordinate 5K and 10K runs this time of year. All you have to do is ask family and friends to sponsor you and you can help these groups earn much needed funds.

Spring is often the busiest time of year for shelters inundated with unwanted litters of cats and dogs. Many shelters are filled to capacity this time of year, and supporting their fundraising efforts could help to save many furry lives. You may also be interested in signing up to foster animals for your local shelter or rescue organisations. Foster families are greatly needed with the influx of abandoned animals, and it would certainly be an adventure for you and your family!

Adventure #2: Have fun in the water

The water is still too cold for humans to enjoy swimming in many areas during the spring, but if your dog likes the water he won’t mind the chilly temperatures. Swimming is a great full-body workout for your canine companion. It can also help senior dogs suffering from arthritis or pets that are recovering from an injury or surgery.

You can bring along waterproof, buoyant dog toys to make Fido’s time in the water even more exciting. And, just because your dog isn’t a swimmer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some fun around the water. Running on the beach, going for a boat ride or floating along on a paddle-board are all great adventures that are dog friendly.

 

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Adventure #3: DIY obstacle/agility course

Dogs are naturally curious, and they enjoy a good challenge. It’s also important to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated. Creating an obstacle course in your backyard is one of the easiest ways to do all of these things at the same time.

A quick Google search for ‘DIY dog obstacle course’ or ‘DIY dog agility course’ will bring up hundreds of cheap, easy ideas that you can probably create with materials that you have lying around your home or yard. From climbing ramps to jumping through hoops and going through tunnels, an obstacle course will provide hours of entertainment for you and your Fido. Plus, training your dog to use all of the equipment will be a fantastic bonding experience for both of you!

Adventure #4: Get out and socialize

There is no better way to shake the winter blues than to get out and make some new friends. Most dogs like to socialize just as much as we do. Hanging out at your local dog park or hitting up some dog-friendly establishments in your area is a safe and easy way to make new 2- and 4-legged friends. You can find dog-friendly places in your area by searching for your city on BringFido.com.

Like hiking, socialisation isn’t for every dog. If you have an adult dog that was not properly socialised at a young age, be very careful when bringing him out into the community. It would be best to start by asking a friend or family member to bring their dog and meet up with you first. Keep both dogs on a leash, and give them plenty of time to get to know each other while both handlers have full control of them. This will ensure that you can intervene if any problems arise.

Gradually increase the amount of socialisation. You can’t just bring your dog to the dog park after one encounter with a new furry companion. However, if your pup has been well socialised from a young age, he will likely enjoy a game of fetch with some new canine companions at the park.

Socialising with your dog is also a great way for you to meet new people. If you’ve recently moved or you’re just looking to expand your social network, meeting other dog owners is a wonderful way to connect with people that have similar interests. Many dog-friendly establishments, dog parks and pet-centred businesses organise events for pet owners on a regular basis. Look for events in your area that you and your Fido could enjoy together.

Adventure #5: Go for a hike

Hiking doesn’t need to be a strenuous trek up a mountainside. My favourite thing about hiking with dogs is that you can cater your adventure to meet the needs of you and your pet. You can keep the hike short or make it an all day event. No matter where you are located, there are sure to be smooth, easy trails in your area. But, if you and your pooch are up for a greater challenge, you can surely find a more difficult path. For more tips about this check our blog post Hiking with You Dog - Pack the Essentials and Be Safe

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Samantha has been the Editor-in-Chief at Top Dog Tips for the past 5 years. She has been working in the pet industry for more than a decade, and enjoys helping pet owners provide the best care possible for their animal companions. In her free time, Samantha loves to spend time with her 3-year-old Labrador, Saddie, and her 2-year-old Beagle, Molly. She takes her dogs swimming, hiking and paddleboarding. They love finding outdoor adventures in their home state of Maine.
 
 
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Taylor Bishop
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 7:21AM
Thanks for explaining some fun summer activities you can do in the summer with a dog. I like the idea of going outside with a dog and increase the amount of socialization they have. This also sounds useful if it can help your dog feel more comfortable around others. http://rockymtnrec.com/about_us.php
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