What Can You Do With Your Dog this Summer?
TLDR: Go outside. Bring your dog.
Treasure Hunt Fun!
Believe it or not, your dog has one of the absolute most powerful senses of smell in the animal kingdom. Even toy breeds vastly outmatch the great hunting cats of the world, sometimes hundreds of times their weight. Experts say some dogs outmatch our sense of smell by around 100,000 times!
Why not put that nose to work, and even better- make a game out of it? Try leading your pet to a specific object, like a teddy bear or his favorite toy, and offer him a treat every time. Attach a joyful command phrase, like ‘Find the bear! Where is the bear?’
Eventually, after several repetitions, your dog will associate the meaning of this phrase, the object you’ve chosen, and the reward you give when he ‘finds’ it. You can then begin hiding the toy in corners, on couch cushions, or under chairs. Be sure to make the game fun and happy!
Embark on Some Agility Training
There is little more impressive than watching a dog race through an agility course, deftly leaping over hurdles and effortlessly jumping through hoops. An adept trainer can even teach almost any dog to do backflips, ride a skateboard, or perform somersaults!
- Dog tunnel
- Dog ‘crawl’
- Tire jump
- & More!
Hit the Beach
Though not all, many breeds were originally bred to work around or in the water, and absolutely love it. In fact, America’s number one most popular dog today, the Labrador Retriever, is one of the best canine swimmers alive! Why not put those powerful swimming instincts to work?
If you’re always careful and vigilant, you both will have a blast! If your dog isn’t used to the water, be sure to slowly introduce him, and make it fun. Never force your pup into the water if he is hesitant!
- Providing a shallow kiddie pool for your pup to cool off in is a great idea!
- Though many are, not all breeds are good swimmers. Some, like Pugs and Bulldogs, tend to be very poor swimmers and water can easily pose a deadly threat. Be sure to research your breed ahead of time!
Nothing Better than the Great Outdoors
There are few better activities to enjoy with your dog than hiking! Not only will he or she absolutely love the scents and sounds nature has to offer, you’ll both grow with the experience.
As long as you’re cautious, plan your route ahead of time, take safety measures, and try to travel during the mornings or evenings when it is cooler, you’ll both have a blast!
- Always bring a ready source of cool, clean water.
- Plan your route ahead of time.
- It is often cooler in the mornings and evenings.
- Make sure you let someone know where you’re going.
- Cary a travel food/water bowl.
- Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations.
- Dog tags and microchips are a must!
- Consider a harness as opposed to a collar, to prevent catching and choking.
And the best part? You can get everything you need shipped to your door right here at Peacebone!