Do your dog get bored easily or you just don’t know how to keep your furry friend happy all day everyday? Well you are in luck! If you are looking for some easy ways to keep your dog happy and entertained, this is the right place. You’ve come to the right place. From a little more snuggle time on the couch to switching up your dog walking routine, here’s some ways to keep your dog happy.
Play a Game of Hide & Seek
Dogs love to play, and that is a fact! Try engage with your dog in some indoor games such as hide & seek, it sure is an easy way to make your dog happy. To play hide and seek have your dog stay while you go find a hiding spot. Once you are all set, call out your dog and praise them when they find you. Be sure to give a treat!
Hiking with Your Dog
Looking for an adventure? If you are tired playing hide and seek at home, then take your dog to the local park or trail for a hike during sunny day. It’s great physical exercise, and you may also benefit from the exercise. It also nice to change the scenery so that it may give your dog plenty of extra mental stimulation. If your dog isn’t conditioned for hiking (low on stamina or just being lazy), you may want to start with jog around the park first to gather your power OR shorter hikes and gradually increase your distance. Be sure to bring plenty of water including your dog, you both will need those.
Fun New Tricks to be Learn
Teaching your dog sit, stay & lay down is very common may have made your dog bored. Well now is the time to teach your dog more fun new tricks! There are tons of video teaching new set of skill in Youtube. Below show an easy yet fun trick for your furry friend:
Take Your Dog Swimming
If your dog loves the water plan a trip to your local beach or lake for a fun outing. Swimming is fun, and it’s the perfect exercise for older dogs or those with joint issues such as arthritis since it’s low impact. If your dog isn’t used to the water remember to take it slow and use a doggie life jacket if you’re going to be heading into deep water.
Sniffing is Good
Do you want to know what can make your dog happy? Well the simplest thing is to let them sniff on walks. Walks are great for your dog and yourself but more for your dog. Walks are the one time of day they get to go out and see what’s going on in the neighborhood. When we’re out walking we check out what’s going on with our eyes, however our dogs don’t use their eyes but they use their noses. By letting your dog sniff around on walks gives them a chance to check out & explore the world around them. You can make your dogs walk more enjoyable by stopping for a few minutes and letting them smell all of the things.
Play Dates with Other Pets
Do any of your friends, family or neighbors have a dog that gets along well with yours? If so arrange a play date for them. Invite them (and their owner) over for an afternoon. Take a walk, chill out in the living room or hang out in your backyard. You can catch up with their owner while the dogs play together.
Out for a Treat
Did you know that some stores have a secret menu for dogs? If you want to take your dog out for a fun little adventure try taking them out for a nice treat. Starbucks offers Puppucinos, Sprinkles Cupcakes has special doggie cupcakes, and most pet store chains offer plenty of dog friendly treats to choose from.
Your dog may be happy when you invite furry friend tag along for a social gathering especially with known faces. So, next time you’re going out to visit with your family or friends let your dog tag along. Dogs are social animals, and they thrive by communicating and socialize and sniffing butts with other dogs. Give your dog a chance to hang out with others to stimulate their mentality and it can be a great way to let them interact with others. Most dogs love going for a ride, and surprising them with a fun social gathering is a bonus.
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