Recently I wrote about the risks of taking your dog to a dog park. It seems that dog parks are more trouble than they are worth, which is very unfortunate for dogs that love to play with other dogs. But, if you choose not to frequent dog parks as an outlet for your dog to run free and play, what can you do to provide it the most fulfilling life possible? Sheltering your dog within the confines of your home and backyard is not enough. Dogs need to go places, see things and have experiences beyond their own home or they can become bored and develop destructive behaviors.
So what other options are there for dog adventures outside of your domain? Thankfully, there are lots!
Take your dog hiking!
Hiking outdoors could be one of the most fulfilling things you could do with your dog. Dogs love to explore new smells, sights, and sounds. Nature provides some of the best adventures you could give your dog. Let them romp in a nearby stream, swim in a lake, get muddy – after all, they can be cleaned up, but the fun they will have…it will be worth a bath!
Take a trip to a dog-friendly retail store!
Assuming your dog is socialized to enjoy public places, retail stores that welcome dogs are a great way to take your dog out for an adventure. Dog-friendly retailers include Cabela’s, Orvis, Home Depot, Lowe’s and of course pet stores such as PetSmart and Feeders Supply. Your area may have others. Be careful, though, before subjecting your dog to these public places, as there will likely be lots of people that want to pet it. Be sure your dog will not be overwhelmed by crowds of people. If it seems concerned when people approach, protect its confidence and help it have fun greeting people. Take treats so that you can pair everything and everyone it sees with something positive.
Walk your dog as often as possible!
Daily walks with your dog can bring lots of adventures for you both! You never know what you might encounter – geese on a nearby lake, an insect your dog is completely intrigued with, different surfaces to stroll over, new people to meet. Doing things together will enrich your dog’s life, help it be more emotionally happy and fulfilled, and will make you the most fun person in your dog’s world. The memories you will create on your adventures will enhance the relationship you have. After all, isn’t that why you have a dog?
Go out and have fun together!