How to Have Fun with your Pets While Staying Active

Walking or Running

Exercising with your dog is a great way to keep you and your best friend healthy. If part of your exercise routine includes walking or running, consider taking your dog along with you. This will help keep your dog healthy and can be considered a time to bond and build your relationship. Remember to bring along water both for yourself and your dog though; they get tired and thirsty just like you.

Swimming

If you have access to a pool or lake, swimming can be great exercise for your dog and will help keep them cool on those hot days. While most dogs can swim, you should be slow to introduce your dog to the water to first make sure they are comfortable with this activity. Although you may find they’ll leap right in without a second thought!

The Dog Park

If you have a dog park nearby, this can be a great way to spend time with your dog and provide them with lots of space for running and playing. Giving your dog the opportunity to interact with other dogs can also help your dog to get used to seeing other animals.

In terms of training, dogs can benefit greatly by watching and learning how other dogs behave and interact with their owners and one another. Wide open spaces like the park also serve as excellent places for games of fetch.

Teach Your Dog an Old Trick

While playing fetch may be an old trick, this can be a great activity for you and your pet to enjoy. This activity works better with larger breeds as they are more likely to chase after things than smaller dogs, but you should still use an object that is relative to your dogs’ size.

While traditionally you may think to just throw a stick, you can also use a ball or Frisbee. You can also throw many objects at once. When first playing fetch with your dog, it will help them to learn if you actively engage and chase after them or run with them after the object for the first few times.

Your Dog Likes to Win

Playing a game like tug-of-war with your dog is a great way to get your dog moving, but there are a couple things to note. You should use an ideally sized rope for your dog; using a rope too large will prevent your dog from being able to get a good grip and they’ll become frustrated rather than enjoy the fun.

If you get the distinct impression your dog is using all their strength to get the rope from you, you’re probably right. Your dog will treat tug-of-war as a game they want to win so don’t be afraid to lose the match. Especially since using all your strength could be dangerous for your dog as you may accidentally injure their jaw, teeth, or their pride!

There are still many things you can do with your dog to stay healthy including dancing, hiking, agility training, yoga, soccer, or cycling. Experiment to learn which activities suit you and your dog the best.

9 thoughts on “Outdoor Versus Indoor Fences”

  1. I like how you talked about how large to make the containment area for your dog fence before deciding which type to get. If you’re covering a very large area, it seems like a wired fence is smarter, but if it’s a smaller personal property, a wireless one makes sense. Thank you for the information about which to use when for the future.

  2. Lately, I have been thinking about getting a puppy. It is good to know that an I should have a way to prevent my dog from wondering. It seems like it would be smart for me to put up a barrier around my home so he can’t get out.

  3. I like your idea to have toys around the backyard to keep dogs busy and distracted so that they won’t get into the garden so much. My dad takes such good care of his garden every summer and he hates it when the dog gets into his garden and messes things up. I wonder if there is a more reliable way to keep dogs within a certain perimeter to prevent them from going where they shouldn’t go.

  4. It was nice to know that I can actually put up a pokey barrier around the garden since dogs don’t really like to be poked. In my case, I think I need something like that surrounding the house. I am not worried about the garden after all. I am worried that my pup will go out to the streets when I am not looking.

  5. It’s been 8th weeks since our labrador gave birth to her 6 cute puppies. Now, they are already playing outside. To ensure that they’ll be safer and secure, I will ask my husband to install a higher fence with a net for them.

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