10 Best Things to do With Your Dog

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Dogs are man’s best friend. They’re loyal, protective, and always happy to greet you with a wagging tail. But what do they want in return? Not much! Most of the time all they need is some love and attention from their owners. Here are 10 ways to show your pup how much you care!

#1 Play Fetch

Whether it’s outside or inside, playing fetch will provide your dog with plenty of exercise while giving you a chance to bond at the same time. You can also play games like tug-of-war or hide-and-seek which will strengthen your connection as well as theirs. Just make sure not to tire them out too much — after all, if they’re too excited they might not fall asleep easily.

#2 Play Tug-of-War

Just like fetch, playing tug of war is a fun way to exercise with your dog and strengthen the bond between you two as well. Just remember that what goes up must come down — be careful not to slam or drop them on their head! Another good thing about this game is that it helps with training since your dog will learn when they’re allowed to win and when they have to submit.

#3 Take Doggy Out for a Walk

While you might think it’s enough to let them out in the backyard, taking them on walks lets them explore new areas which provide mental stimulation as well as physical. And of course, it’s a great way to spend some time together and get outside for some fresh air! Just make sure they don’t wander too far so they stay safe.

#4 Play Hide and Seek

Just like tug-of-war, playing hide and seek with your dog is an excellent way to strengthen your bond. Hide behind a door or in another room and call their name to see if they’ll find you! If your dog knows the command “go seek”, that could lead to an even more fun game where you hide while they look for you.

#5 Teach Tricks

Teaching your dog tricks not only makes them smarter, but it’s also a fun way to spend some quality bonding time with your pet. Whether you want them to play dead or shake hands, all they need is a little patience and plenty of treats! A lot of tricks also have practical applications so the more you teach them the better off they’ll be!

#6 Take them on a Road Trip

If your dog enjoys car rides and isn’t scared of new places, then taking them on a road trip is a great way to experience something exciting together. Whether you’re going to the beach or just stopping at some overlooks it’s sure to be an adventure! Just make sure they’re safe and secure in their crate or car seat before you hit the road.

#7 Play with Toys

Dogs love toys! Any toy will do, whether it’s a squeaky ball or a plush animal — they’ll be happy to give it fun and games. Just make sure to get them something that’s durable enough for their teeth too! It can also help you bond with them if you play fetch or tug-of-war together.

#8 Go Swimming

If your dog loves water, then taking them to a nearby lake or pool is a great way to cool off and have fun! Just remember that they can’t swim unless their fur is designed for it, so be careful not to let them go too far. They may also be afraid of the water at first so this one isn’t for everyone.

#9 Leave Them Alone For a While

No, we don’t mean leave them out in the cold with no food — we’re talking about leaving them alone for a little bit while you run to grab some groceries or take a quick shower. Just make sure they have plenty of food and water, and that your home is safe for them while you’re gone. Once they get used to you leaving for a little bit, it’ll be easier on both of you when you need to go somewhere.

#10 Teach Them Some Self-Control

This one’s all about dog training. If you’re struggling with a really stubborn pup, then it might be time to learn some commands and teach them some self-control! They’ll better behave after all is said and done, which means more fun for both of you. Plus the simple fact that they’ll know what “go lay down” means is a great way to keep them calm and happy.

There are a lot of things you can do with your dog, but these 10 favorites will make them happy and keep both of you entertained. Whether it’s playing games or going on adventures together, there is no shortage when it comes to activities that strengthen the bond between pet and owner. Make sure to take care of all their needs along the way so they’re healthy and content too!

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Gary Mike Adams

I am an eclectic writer with many interests and topics that go through my head daily. I am extremely passionate about my craft and always want to push further.