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10 Great Activities To Do With Your Dog

Updated on September 17, 2015

Looking for Something Fun To Do With Your Canine Companion?

All dogs are better behaved when they are involved in activities to exercise both their minds and their bodies. A bored dog is often a mischievous, or destructive dog. Dogs love to please us. They don’t call them mans best friend for no reason.

Some dogs excel at one or more of these activities, but all dogs will benefit even if they are not at the top of the class.

We adopted a Border Collie named Emily (in the photo above stalking the steers) about a year ago. She is an awesome dog, with a heart of gold, but she likes to be busy. That isn’t hard for us since we live on a farm with several barn cats and wild rabbits for her to chase. We also have some cattle she thinks she can herd. She loves to be working, something that caused her to lose her previous home!

She enjoys walking and hiking, pulling my son on his roller skates, playing ball and Frisbee, herding the cows, and just racing around the yard at top speed. We make a great obedience team. She goes nuts when I get the leash out, because she knows she gets to work. She enjoys working in obedience, and agility. She loves to work her brain. Learning a new trick is a challenge she gladly accepts.

We also have a Shih tzu named Lily, who loves to fetch balls, is learning agility and obedience, and curling up on the nearest lap at night.

I am creating this lens to provide information to others who may be looking for activities they can participate in with their canine companion. All dogs learn at a different pace, don’t get frustrated if your dog doesn’t pick something up right away. Just keep trying, and remember it’s just for fun, and the best interest of your pet. I have seen too many bored dogs become destructive, and lose their home. Working with your dog can help you get to know him, and help you connect on a whole new level.

There are many more activities you can participate in than I have listed in this lens. Take a look at some of the additional resources to find more information on some of these additional activities

Here is a list of the activities included here:

  1. Obedience Training
  2. Agility
  3. Go Fetch (anything to do with retrieving including ball, Frisbee, and Flyball)
  4. Dog parks/ Take a walk
  5. Hiking and Camping
  6. Tracking/ Earthdog
  7. Teach your dog a new trick
  8. Pet Therapy
  9. Harness and pulling activities
  10. Drill Team

Before you engage your dog in any type of physical activity set an appointment to have your dog checked by the vet, and discuss the activity you are interested in participating in.

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#1 Obedience Training

All dogs should have at least basic obedience training for their own safety. There may be a situation where your dog's life is at stake. You may need them to come to you the first time you call them instead of running into traffic. You may need them to stay where they are instead of running in front of a truck or car.

Obedience has come a long way in recent years. Most obedience trainers and groups use positive reinforcement from treats, or clickers to train your pet. Obedience instructors can also give you tips and pointers for breaking any bad habits your dog may have.

Beyond learning the basic commands, if your dog loves to learn, you can go on to compete in obedience trials. Your dog can earn obedience titles, and awards. You can work with other dog loving people and their pets.

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#2 Agility Training

What started in England, as a doggie version of horse jumping has evolved into a popular dog sport around the world. Agility training is a really fun challenge for you, and your dog. Any breed can participate, from the smallest to the largest. Just have fun with it!

Your dog will learn to maneuver through an obstacle course of jumps, poles, ramps, tunnels, and other equipment. The course is determined ahead of time, and the dog must run the course (off leash) in the correct order from start to finish. You may communicate with your dog by clapping, talking or signaling to help them through the course.

The course will contain several jumps, and other obstacles. The goal is to complete the course in the least amount of time, with no faults.

Learn More About Agility

Excelling at Dog Agility - Book 1: Obstacle Training (Updated Second Edition)
Excelling at Dog Agility - Book 1: Obstacle Training (Updated Second Edition)

A handy reference for beginners, and those more advanced at agility training.

 
The Beginner's Guide to Dog Agility
The Beginner's Guide to Dog Agility

Training your dog (and yourself) for agility competitions will create a fun working relationship that both of you can enjoy. Find everything you need to know in this fun guide that includes information on pre-agility training, detailed advice on correction-free training, and step-by-step agility training techniques. Also learn how to make your own agility obstacles, use a clicker as a motivational tool, and officially enter agility trials.

 

# 3 Go Fetch!

Train your dog to catch a Frisbee (flying disc), retrieve a ball, or fetch a stick. All of these are great exercise for your pet.

Disc Dogs

Disc dog competitions are becoming more and more popular. Some of the best disc dogs in the world are mixed breed dogs, but Retrievers, Border Collies, and Australian Shepherds also excel at this sport. But just for fun any dog can do it, if they enjoy it.

Flyball

Dogs work on relay teams jumping a series of hurdles to release a ball, and retrieve it. They return over the jumps.

Retrieving

Some dogs are born to hunt. Let them build on their natural ability by training them to retrieve, and entering them in retrieving trials.

You don't have to compete in organized competitions to play fetch with your dog. Just get out in the back yard and throw a ball, or stick for them to retrieve. It's great exercise for them in a minimal amount of time and effort from you. Just be sure you don't over exercise them on a hot sunny day. Some dogs love to fetch so much they will do it until they drop.

#4 Dog Parks/ Walking With Your Dog

Walking with your dog can be great exercise for both of you. There are many parks that are designed specifically for our four legged friends. Some of the parks even allow you to walk with your dog off leash. Some are enclosed, and some are open.

Wherever you are walking your dog, make sure you pick up any extras your dog may leave behind. Teach your dog good leash, and social manners prior to walking in public.

Check the additional resource links below (at the bottom of the page) for a site that lets you plug in your zip code to find a dog park near you.

#5 Hiking and Camping

Hiking and camping with your dog can be a lot of fun. Before you take off on a ten-mile trail, be sure you have conditioned your dog to handle the distance. A great way to condition your pet is to walk with your pet daily and build up the distance, or play ball with them on a regular basis.

Make sure you protect your best friend from pests like mosquitoes, and ticks. Work on your dog's social skills prior to hitting the trails. Wild or unfriendly dogs may cause a problem if the trail is well traveled. Call ahead to ensure the trails are pet friendly, and make sure you have all the equipment you will need on the trail. If you are going for an overnight hike, be sure you have a way to secure your dog for the night, enough food and water, and containers to put them in.

# 6 Tracking and Earthdog

Tracking

Some dogs, especially the hunting breeds excel at tracking, but all breeds can learn to do scent work. Start by playing scent games with your dog. Hide a treat, or favorite toy and have him find it using his nose. Work your way up to tracking people or animals by rewarding your pet when they follow their nose to find items you hide around the house. If your dog loves to track you can check into tracking dog trials, and compete against others.

Earthdog Trials

Earthdog competitions are geared towards the terrier breeds. The dog tracks the scent to a hole entrance and works to get at the quarry. You can train your dog for this type of tracking by training them to track squirrels, or rabbits in your yard.

For more information on Earthdog Trials check out the AKC page in the resource section at the bottom of the lens.

#7 Teach an Old Dog a New Trick

Teach your dog to do some fun tricks like rolling over, or balancing a biscuit on their nose.

I taught my Border Collie how to close the cupboard door. I started by holding a treat between my fingers and asking her to touch when my hand was right in front of her nose.

After we mastered that I held my hand up in the air so she would have to stand on her back legs to touch it. I asked her to touch, and gave her a treat.

Then I held a small square of paper in my hand and requested her to touch. Once that was mastered I transferred the paper to the outside of the cabinet door.

Now when she is commanded to touch she will touch the cabinet door and close it.

There are many tricks you can teach your dog. Just be careful you do not teach them to do something that can harm them in any way. Most dogs love to learn new tricks, and show them off for some love, or a treat.

# 8 Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy is not for all dogs, but if you have a well socialized, well-trained dog, pet therapy can be a very rewarding activity. Find a couple pet loving friends to recruit to come with you. If your dog loves people, or knows a few tricks that's great. What a great way to show those tricks off to others.

Take your pet to local nursing homes, children's hospitals, or schools to entertain and receive some love from the children or residents. It can be a very fun and rewarding experience. I went to the local nursing homes with a couple friends. We had a short routine we performed with our dogs (we each did a couple tricks). Then we went around to the residents, and the dogs collected the rewards (pats on the head). The residents, and the dogs both had a great time.

# 9 Harness and Pulling Activities

Does your dog love to pull you along when you go for a walk? Strap him into a harness, grab a pair of rollerblades and let him pull. One word of caution, be sure you have enough control over your dog that you can stop if you need to.

Some dogs love to pull. There are many organized pulling activities you can do with your pet. Carting, sledding, rollerblading, skijoring, and scootering are just some of the pulling activities you can do with your pet. When equipped with a proper harness pulling can be very good exercise for your dog, building important hip, leg, and shoulder muscles.

Before attempting any pulling activities you should wait until your dog is eighteen months, to two years old. If you are unsure of your dogs physical abilities consult your veterinarian before hooking them up to the harness.

The first step is to get your dog used to wearing a harness. You can do this by putting the harness on the dog, and adjusting it until it is comfortable. Play a fun game with your dog, or give him yummy treats while the harness is on. Do this several times, over a couple days until your dog looks forward to putting the harness on.

You will need a command to cue your dog to pull, and another to make him stop. Work on teaching him both of these commands while you are following behind on foot, and have control in case he forgets the command. With a little work, and patience your dog will be pulling you, a sled, or a cart in no time.

Carting

Your dog is hooked to a cart or a wagon to pull. The cart can range in size from very small, for a toy breed, to a cart that can pull a child for larger breeds.

Sled Dogs

Any breed of dog can be a sled dog, especially if it is just for fun and exercise. Malamutes, and Huskies excel at this activity, but it does not mean that other breeds won't enjoy it. You can train one dog or a team of dogs to pull the sled.

Skijoring

Skijoring is a winter sport. You can have one, or more dogs pull you cross country on skis. It is a unique sport combining the skills from sledding, with cross country skiing. Your participation can range from fun and exercise to serious competition.

Rollerblading

Our Border Collie enjoys this sport. She loves to pull our son along on his roller blades. We really had no formal training for this one. She loves to pull and she picked up the cues without much training on our part. The toughest part was training her to stop on command.

# 10 Doggie Drill Team

Dog drill teams are usually an extension of obedience training. Many local obedience, or agility clubs also have a drill team. It is a great way to socialize, reinforce training, and have a great time working with other dogs and people.

Learn how to work with your dog in sync with other handlers and their dogs, many groups perform in competitions, but they also perform for fun and entertainment.

I participated in a drill team many years ago with my Shih Tzu, we did performances at local nursing homes, and at the county fair. We wore matching shirts, and the dogs all had matching bandannas. It was a lot of fun working with others who love dogs as much as I do.

Check with your local obedience group to see if they have a drill team, if not be brave and start your own!

My Favorite Dog Activity Resources

Most of these are on my favorites list. These links are all great references, please check them out if you are looking for more information on any of the activities above.

Share your favorite canine activities with the world, or just say hi! Sorry, lounging on the couch does not qualify as an activity.

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      Horseangel 10 years ago

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      great tips to keep dogs busy..wellness dog food, puppy crate training,healthy dog food

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      maswee 10 years ago

      like your suggestions! 5 stars, Mason from puppy chow recipes, best dog food

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      MoonShrine 10 years ago

      wonderful lens! I've added you to my lensroll about my favorite dog the Rat Terrier. 5 stars!

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      Gayle10 10 years ago

      Hi Barkely, Thanks for this important info! 5 stars to you! Gayle, author of How to Stop Your Dog from Digging.

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      klim 10 years ago

      5*, nice collection of info. Kyan from Homemade Dog Food Recipes

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      Johann The Dog 10 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Fun lens - I'm partial to agility and herding! We lensrolled you!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      We love agility!

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Love the lens. I have 4 dogs that i will apply your info to them to have a great time.

      Thanks for putting together such a great lens!

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      RaintreeAnnie 10 years ago from UK

      You are so right,its great to do activities with your dog. Get the right activity for you and your dog and its great fun! Goldie loved learning new things and being active all his life. For us it was all about the fun and being together. 5* and lensrolling!

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      Thanks for your visit. Very Nice Lens. A 5 star-er. Emerging Market Exchange Traded Funds, ETF's. Make Money Overseas.

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      Lesley_Feeney 9 years ago

      Hi! Very nice lens! A definite 5 Star rating! We have a basset hound and her favorite game is Fetch. Check out my Lens when you can find the time. Cheers!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lens, 5 stars for you! Lots of good information, thanks for sharing!

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      DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

      5* I ride my bike and my dog runs next to it. He just loves it. A walk is way to slow for him. Aggressive Dog

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      Gatsby LM 9 years ago

      I love to run. My buddy Zelda loves her swims. 5* Dog Whisper With Rena

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      woohooinwonderland 9 years ago

      Agility, agility, and more agility! That's what I love doing with my Pack O'Papillons. It's The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Clothes On!! Thanks for the site - 5 stars from us.

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      WeaselPuppy 9 years ago

      Good general overview of some of the range of activities people can do with their dogs.

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      John Parr 8 years ago from Montreal

      This covers everything a dog can do, except skateboarding! Great lens, lensrolled!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. Especially if you have a herding type dog, they are really much happier if they have a "job". It was hard to convince my Sheltie NOT to work - he loved obedience, and loved agility even more. Never mind the show ring - although he excelled there, too - he loved every opportunity to show off the things he knew. And I started obedience with him because he was driving me crazy! From there he became my 24-7 companion - and had so many fans that for years my name was "Jessies Mom"!

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      XpectMore 8 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens and very informative. I have a pet care site and I might refer back to this lens often. The first trick that I like to teach all pets is "give me 5". I do not know why but, I just do.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, this is great! Very informative. Great product suggestions, too.

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      GeorgiaHiker 8 years ago

      Great Lens. Love the Pictures!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just wish all dog owners were as knowledgeable and responsible as you Linette!

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      Wowee! You know alotta stuff! www.squidoo.com/everydaysbetter

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      GreenEcoBean 8 years ago

      great lens- its all in here!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My rotty (Buffy) loves to tug to the point of my exhaustion. Knotted ropes just did not do

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      skgandbbtk lm 7 years ago

      Great lens. Nice pictures.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Great info! I've posted this lens as a featured lens on my newest http://www.squidoo.com/my-chocolate-labs-bad-eatin... Oh, and I rated 5 *s, Fav and lensrolled, too. Thanks so much!

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      syawall23 7 years ago

      Great resources! I appreciate your efforts! 5* rating from me!

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      This is a great lens, and oh so true...there's nothing worse than a bored dog! Great lens. 5*'s

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      pethound 7 years ago

      Thanks Barkely for all the great tips! My girlfriend has a dog and she will love this lens.

      Great work.

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      Sharon Berry 7 years ago from Michigan

      Jack and Joey's favorite thing is pheasant hunting but they also love to swim and chase a frisbee. Love your lens so much I'm going to feature it and I can't wait to read your other lenses.

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      Sharon Berry 7 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Wade, thanks for the info on the big tug. We have the same problem and can't find doggie toys that don't get chewed up within several minutes.

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      ericscholes 7 years ago

      I recently came across your lens and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice lens. I will keep visiting your lens very often.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a super lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Dad-The-Lad 7 years ago

      Tip 9 - Good job you added the word 'harnessing'. Dogs, just like children, have been known of course to increase pulling power with the opposite sex.

      Some great ideas here. Xheers for the inspiration.

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      JollyvilleChick 7 years ago

      I wanted to teach our dog (border collie and blue heeler mix) how to roll over. I used a bag of treats and a circling arm motion to show her what to do. She figured it out in less than 10 minutes. Problem now is that every time I pull that bag of treats out, she starts to roll over whether or not I give her the command! 5* to your lens

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      Sharon Berry 7 years ago from Michigan

      We are dog lovers and have two very active German Wirehaired Pointers and you are right about keeping them busy. Our dogs are bird dogs and love to be in the field working hard, that is when they are the happiest. A dog's number one priority is pleasing his master and when you have a pleased master you have a happy dog! Great lens.

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      alberttwolf 7 years ago

      I don't have a dog right now, but about half of my life we've had dogs and well it's really hard to pick just one favorite activity, since dogs are so great they make many activities great too.

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      Sadheeskumar 7 years ago

      Wow, This is a fabulous lens. I like this very much. I love my dog very much. 5 STARS for your great work.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Wow, very good lens. 5 stars!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I walk my dogs everyday and play frisbee with them most days, we have also done obedience, agility, and rally-o.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      this is a terrific lens - lots of hard work and great ideas. thanks! lensrolling to my pit bull training lens

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I have always wanted to get into agility with my dog, I think it would be a great way for both of us to bond and get in shape!

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      FidosCityGuide 6 years ago

      We are always looking for great new activities, thanks. Although 5 lbs, might be a little small for the sled pull.

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      TriviaChamp 6 years ago

      You have provided a few activities that I had not thought of. Kudos on a great lens.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I love to play ball and walk with him, and otherwise, just hang out with him! I love dogs and love this lens!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love to run with my rhodesian ridgeback and he loves it too there is no better bonding you can do with your dog .

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      Great lens, some great activities in here!

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      Attention_Getter 6 years ago

      One of my dogs loves tracking outside but inside he's clueless. He once passed by the room I was in, while he was looking for me, about 5 times! But I'll have to get some of the tracking activities for him and see if he does any better.

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      srosauer 6 years ago

      Great lens with some great ideas! I think my dog would love trying an agility course - we'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      My favorite thing to do with my dog is just to lounge around and cuddle with him - we're both so lazy! He's part St. Bernard, if that fills in the pic for you - and I'm pretty sure I must be, too! ;-) I've always been SO impressed with those dogs that do the agility courses - that is so cool!

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      rwoman 6 years ago

      We like to walk together but the most fun is playing fetch -- but then he is a retriever. The best money I ever spent was on his floppy disc. He just loves that!

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      moorecaroline 6 years ago

      wow, love your lens, it's so detailed, must have taken a lot of work! We are teaching our guy how to bikejor at the moment so having great fun!

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      ThruMyEyes LM 6 years ago

      Lots of detail, nice job.

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Walking! Lots of Walking.

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      Agility all the way!

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      AlphaChic 6 years ago

      Teaching tricks.

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      Fabio Sanna 6 years ago

      Dog Frisbee all the time...when I'll have a dog! :D

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      My baby girl used to love canine freestyle (drill team). As an added bonus, because we trained a minimum of 5 hours a week (and usually more like 10), I never had to go to the gym. Dog trainings considered one of the best work outs for humans and burns unreal amounts of calories.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      I love my dog!! n its great to find such an essential information for my dog. nice lens!! good work.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      My two dogs love to hike! There's nothing better than being out in the woods with them and feeling free.

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      You have a nice list. But my dog is too lazy to do an activity. He prefer sleeping and eating more. :)

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      LegalDog 6 years ago

      I like taking my dog with me to work

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      ShellB 6 years ago

      My dogs' favorite things to do are eat and sleep, just like my husband. LOL

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      thomasmandin lm 6 years ago

      Nice Lens, So informative. And for people who want to know how to choose their dogs in order for the next step to be start training them please see my lens: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-choose-the-right-dog... where I give a great insight of the most popular dogs put there including each's preferences.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      TopTenLists 5 years ago

      cool lens

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      GuntarLT 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. My favorite dog breed is Siberian Husky. For people who love these dogs i create a website. Here you can find all information about Siberian Huskies. Enjoy!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great Lens, love dogs, thanks for sharing.

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      TrainMyPitbull 5 years ago

      My fav dog breed--Pit Bull!! Love them! Misunderstood and misused breed of dog. Fav activity is training my pit bull. When I train him I get to enjoy taking him everywhere and that is so much fun!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I think these are great tips for us.I was looking as to what can I do for my pet and you have given me all the ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great options for things people can do with their pets, all pets deserve special time with their owners doing something they love to do. Angel Blessed.

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      JimHofman 5 years ago

      Very informative lens! We love to take our dog for a long walk, picnic, or on a weekend trip. Check out our lens DogCarTravel for fun ways to travel safely with your pooch.

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      TheHealthGuy LM 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      I spent many days in the mountains with my dogs, sometimes a month or more at a stretch. Nice lens!

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      A very informative lens people looking for activities for their dogs should read this...Thanks for sharing, angel blessed!

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      katesmart 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      kyhillbullies 5 years ago

      Loved it!

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      JoeLaBarbera LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. Good information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just play with my dog! love coming home and she's so excited to see me, she's my little shadow.

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Nice comprehensive lens. I like throwing the ball with my sons dogs. They seem to tire of it.

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      lucybrz1 5 years ago

      I take my dog for a walk. He doesn't care about ball, but he loves chasing the birds, that's why I never let him of the leash.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can't go wrong with the classic fetch with the dog.

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      thomasaden 5 years ago

      I loved to take a walk with my dog. He is a cute Pomerania dog and obeyed my instructions a lot. I just loved this lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Just hang out together. She's almost 11 and doesn't play as much anymore, although when she's in a playful mood, she'll tug at my clothing.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      Upland game hunt training, testing, field trials and, of course hunting. We enjoy the show ring, along with obedience training, too. I have 4 Gordon Setters that keep me hopping! Check out my "Life Is Better With A Gordon Setter" lens.

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      Alexgreenwood 5 years ago

      There's nothing like taking your wiener dog to the beach. My dog Henri and I go out to the beach when the tide is out and he runs like a crazy beast for miles and swims in the tidal pools.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dogs are social, active creatures that like people need attention, activity, structure and in many cases a job! Without daily interaction with your dog trouble will ensue! Bored and neglected dogs get frustrated which can manifest itself in a variety of ways to include acting out with behavior problems by being destructive in the home, not to mention health issues such as being over weight and depressed.

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      flashgordontags1 5 years ago

      Great info - I love taking my dog on walks in some of the many beautiful parks in Seattle.

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      DesignsByAlex 5 years ago

      Love this lens! I participate with my dog in many activities: agility, obedience, showmanship, rally, therapy dog visits, clicker training, tricks, and in demonstrations I give about dog-related topics. When I slack off on training, she gets bored and will steal stuff and tease you with it - so we try to keep her boredom down to a minimum. We have done some into frisbee/scenting/weight pull work as well.

      Plus, training and competing is so fun! I show in multiple venues and we recently became our state champion in jumpers, agility and showmanship as well as took 3rd in rally and 2nd in obedience at our first AKC trial. I'm so proud of my mutt and love training!

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      freyalou 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I have a very intelligent greyhound/whippet cross, who loves activities that keep her busy. One of her favourite things to play with is her treat ball, which we put kibble in - she's gotten very good at getting all the pieces out. She also enjoys learning new tricks (such as "say your prayers"), and showing them off to people. We'd love to try agility one day.

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      One of my dogs loves lure coursing! look it up! it's a very cool activity where the dog chases something attached to a lure (rabbit fur, raccoon tail, or even just a bag). We take him up to a place in Wisconsin - a non-competitive course.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I'm lucky enough to have five dog parks all within two miles of my place so my favorite thing to do with my two dogs is to take them to one of those parks and just let them run free and join the impromptu pack at the parks. My dogs also enjoy a game of tag where I get to always be it, haha.

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      James Jordan 5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Love to walk my two dogs. Used your lens to complete my quest today!

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      AlphaChic 5 years ago

      I like to teach my dogs tricks. Roll over, play dead, high five, etc. Great lens. You gave me some great ideas.

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      rogerrph 5 years ago

      great article and pictures!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      I just taught TyTy how to shake paw.. Love this lens!

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      Jimna1 5 years ago

      My dog loves to do his own variation of fetch: I throw something, he chases it and plays with it for a while, then runs back to me (without it) waiting for me to throw something else. The previous dog would just look at you like you're stupid if you threw something for her. Clearly, I'm not a doggie expert, LOL! Great lens.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Teach her fun tricks!

      I featured this lovely lens on my new lens Distractions to Help Get Through Difficult Times https://hubpages.com/relationships/distractions-to...

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      cao2fine 5 years ago

      Last year I enrolled my dog in an 'intro to dog sports' class that included dock diving. It was so cool...I'm looking forward to the warmer months so he can do it some more! Agility and flyball are also very cool too, my dog is very athletic and sure on his feet. I'm a little afraid of weight pulling just because he's already strong enough to yank me off my feet...

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I like to take my dog on walks to the stock pond, where he swims. It's fun to watch him splashing around in the water!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      When I was very ill I couldn't really get up and play with the family German Shepherd much, so we would play hide and seek with his toys. I'd hide them somewhere and he would come rushing in the room to find them. An excellent lens.

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      LivRiley LM 5 years ago

      My furry friend turns 16yrs old this year and still has the energy to bring ME for a walk everyday!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's great to see this wonderful list of possible activities that can be done by dogs and their owners. We (http://labbylanekennel.com) agree that activities must include lessons in order for the dogs to have fun but at the same time learn from the experience.

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      BorderCollie LM 5 years ago

      Some really cool tips/ideas here that I'd like to try with my dogs. They are usually very active and love to do all kinds of different activities.

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      mohamedm 5 years ago

      great ?& cool tips from you, great lens :-)

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      GRM 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens -- it's put together very nicely.

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      thanks for all the activities

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I enjoy spending time with my dog, particularly walking or just snuggling on the couch watching tv. Most of all, I love looking over beside me as I work on the computer and knowing that I have a best friend just feet away almost all of the time!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      I love watching my dogs play together here on the ranch.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      On a recent trip to the New Forest National Park, we spotted a group of canoeist's out on the river and in their canoes were a number of dogs! After making some enquiries when the group came in, it turns out that they had arranged this through - http://www.newforestactivities.co.uk/activities/ca... . Just a thought if anyone is visiting this wonderful part of the world.

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      Aleayah 4 years ago

      We exercise together!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Daisy and I play ball with her partially-deflated junior-sized basketball, great for her to get hold of. She loves to track squirrels in the yard and even tracks her "daddy" with nose to the ground when he's been outside for awhile and she goes out to join him. I love the idea of doing some planned tracking outdoors with her. That was a great suggestion for us. Thanks!

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      Dianeyp LM 4 years ago

      Sasha and I love to Walk. She also mastered getting into the cat food tin quite well!

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      BirthPaws 4 years ago

      Great advice! As an owner of 6 Jack Russells, I am always looking for ways to keep them busy.

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      greendoggie lm 4 years ago

      My dog Kobe and I used to go swimming together. That was his most favorite thing to do, besides eat. I run a dog boarding service and a few of my clients have suggested some off the wall activities that they do to tire their dogs out... One lady's dog likes to chase shadows and lights. She uses a laser pointer and the dog will run around chasing the light for hours. Another lady has a machine that blows bacon flavored bubbles. The dog will run and jump around trying to eat the bubbles. These would especially good activities for dog owners who are handicapped or injured.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Take a long walk and go for a picnic! Great ideas here...a tired dog is indeed a happy dog.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      Dogs are fun to be with. You have great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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      infiniti99 lm 4 years ago

      I take my Yellow Lab Finnigann to a highschool field just down the street it has a 45 degree hill and I have 6 of the large red kong balls and he fetches them for about 30-45 minutes.I carry a custom shortend 5 gallon bucket and seal it with the cover I chuck ice cubes in and he drinks water whenever he needs it while playing/training.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I love to go to the dog park with Buckwheat, as well as playing fetch. He loves his toys, especially playing ball with the Chuckit. You need a very nice job here, blessed.

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      walterking 4 years ago

      That's a pretty comprehensive list of activities! We have a 9 year old pitty that loves to hike and play frisbee.

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      Matthew 4 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Don't forget pool diving and just swimming in general. Blessed!

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      CynergySoftware 4 years ago

      This sounds like great exercise for both me and my best friend. Thanks for sharing!

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      Amy Trumpeter 4 years ago from Oxford

      Definitely agility, my Jack Russell Milo loves it. He also loves to learn new tricks, such as playing cards!

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      GARYG68 4 years ago

      A very nice lens and full of fun and tips, Thank you

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      Lots of great ideas here. I'm certain dogs would love doing any of these activities with their owners! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Canine Nosework...a new & upcoming sport. Us Doggies love it!

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      Amazing ideas you have here, Thanks for this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Engaged, well trained dogs are happy dogs. My favorite activity to do with my dogs over the years was camping and hiking and that poll brought back some sweet memories of days gone by....I think even dog food must have tasted better when camping. None of my dogs have ever been allowed on the furniture...that's why there's dog beds. Nicely done with very good points, like waiting for those pull activities until a dog is old enough...age appropriate activities are important with pets as for children for sure.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      My dogs are all gone now but we got of pleasure from one of them at the beach. He would always come swimming with us. They used to come camping and had lots of fun activities with the children as they grew up. Lovely thought here. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo

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      aritahime 4 years ago

      My latest puppy liked to play "catch me if you can". It's either I run to catch her, or she run to catch me.

      When she wanted to play, she would carry my sandal away, asking me to go get her. And she would be vary happy. Miss her a lot!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have never gone camping with any of my own dogs but I like going with a friend who always takes his German Shepherd along. He is great with strangers we meet, with children, and with other dogs and farm animals that we come across. However, he also knows his duties when we are camping in remote places...he is a natural watch and guard dog at night.

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      kerrylea 4 years ago

      I have 3 dogs and my blue heeler who is deaf is obsessed with chasing the ball. When we take the dogs to the park the other two like to socialize with the other dogs. But not Gatsby he only has eyes for the ball.

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      Ted Bergman 4 years ago

      We have a year old JRT named Jake who NEEDS to play at the dog park & MUST walk every day! Thanks for your info and expertise on this lens. As a fellow dog lover, you might like Jake's video that I made of his adventures at the dog park, called: "Law & Odor." (You have my permission to post it if you like) - It is part of "A New Comedy Dog and Cat TV Show" - that raises lots of money for dog and cat related charities. - Again, thanks for the inspiration and a great lens.

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      squid-pinkchic18 4 years ago

      Loved this lens! My dog and I do a lot of these activities but it was fun to see more!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Long walks and playing hide and go seek with treats. Perfect activities for hounds. Great lens with wonderful tips!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some great tips. Thank you.

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Many years ago, we had a border collie mix. I'll never forget her. She was so friendly, fun, and everyone loved her but she did need lots and lots of exercise. That was okay then - we were young ourselves. Although I still love the breed, I don't think I could handle one now at my age.

      Your lens is well written and has lots of great information. Thank you.

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      Pinasheart 4 years ago

      These are great! I love teaching my dog new tricks to strengthen our bond and my leadership with her.

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      Fun lens with some great ideas. You are absolutely right, EVERY dog should have basic obedience training! That's what I do most with mine. My, oldest, Jarvis, who will be 14 tomorrow has his CGC and his herding instinct certificate, which is another fun activity for some dogs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For insurance reasons and to make sure your dog is ready for pet therapy, you should pass an evaluation and join a group like Delta or TDI. The last thing you want is a frightened dog in a nursing home because something like a meds cart was wheeled by or hearing a screaming patient.

      How do the barn cats like being chased? (wish you had not included that in your article...I know of several border collies who have killed cats. :(

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