5 Fun Spring Activities to Do With Your Dog
- by Erika Buenaflor
Spring is here, and it's the perfect time to hit the great outdoors with your furry friend. Whether you're a seasoned dog owner or a new pup parent, you can engage in more than enough activities with your dog during this season. This article will explore five fun and exciting spring activities you and your dog can enjoy together.
Activities You Can Do With Your Dog This Spring
Go to the Park and Play With the Best Toys
Dogs love to play, and there's no better place to play than in the park. Here are some fun activities you can do with your dog:
- Fetch with a frisbee or a ball – this is a classic game that all dogs love.
- Let your dog run free in an off-leash area – it lets your dog burn off some energy and make some canine friends, too.
- Bring along some interactive toys, like puzzles or squeaky accessories – they can keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated for hours on end, especially if they’re new!
Teach Your Dog New Tricks
Training your dog is not only fun, but it also helps to strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. If you haven’t had the opportunity to get your dog trained when they were a puppy, you might as well teach them to respond to a few commands now. Learning to sit, stay, and come when they’re called is very easy if you use the right rewards.
Teaching your dog to roll over, shake hands, or play dead can be a little more challenging, but with enough positive reinforcement, cuddles, and playtime, your dog will pick them up in no time!
Another great way of physically and mentally challenging your dog is to have them jump over obstacles or run through an agility course. Agility dog parks are scattered throughout Australia, from the Tallebudgera Off Leash Agility Dog Island in Queensland to Stevens Reserve in Western Australia.
Go Camping Together
Camping with your dog is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Ensure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and flea and tick prevention, especially since external parasites start showing up as soon as the weather gets warmer.
Bring along a comfortable bed or blanket for your pup to sleep on. If possible, take their favourite dog bed along as they’ll feel more reassured and cozy while worrying less that they’re spending the night in a potentially strange and unknown place. And since the outdoors is going to be one great toilet for this activity, you might as well pick up some Do Good Compostable Poo Bags!
It goes without saying, but you should also bring more than enough water and food for your dog, along with any medications that your vet might have put them on. If you’ve never taken your dog camping before, start slow – a picnic might be better at first, as you two will be away from home for just a few hours.
Start Jogging on the Weekend
Jogging with your dog is a great way to get some exercise and spend time together. Start slowly and build up your dog's endurance over time. Bring along plenty of water for your dog to drink, and take a collapsible bowl with you for convenience.
While you’re running, you can use a hands-free lead or a waist belt to keep your hands free. The Rufus & Coco Shock Ease Lead is also a great option in this case, as it is shock-absorbing, flexible, and outfitted with a comfortable handle. Plus, you can even take your dog jogging early in the morning or late in the evening, thanks to the reflective stitching it comes with.
Enjoy a Professional Photoshoot While at the Beach
Love taking photos of your dog? Why not book a professional photoshoot for a change or convince one of your friends to come along and take a few quick snaps of you two having fun? The beach is a great choice for most dogs, but keep in mind that some dog breeds need to be fitted with a life vest as their coat or anatomy can make them a difficult time swimming if they end up going in the water.
Always make sure to choose a location that’s comfortable and familiar to your dog. Plenty of off-leash beaches across Victoria, for example, allow pet owners to walk and play with their dogs without any limits. Make sure you have a Retractable Lead with you just in case your dog becomes more adventurous, or you see them getting tired and needing a bit of guidance.