We consider our dogs as our best friends or even like a family member, so it’s nothing new for us to travel with them. Allowing them to accompany us during our outside escapades is super fun and enjoyable so long as you follow safety precautions. However, this pandemic put restrictions on our travel so we are mostly contained inside our home. Being inside our house doesn’t have to be boring, as long as we have our loyal companion by our side. There are so many activities that you can do, even if your world is just as big as your neighborhood for now. Though some of us are allowed to travel from one city to another, it would be best to limit the proximity of our travel for health and safety reasons amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you spend the day inside or just around your neighborhood, there will never be a dull day, as long as your dog is with you. There are thousands, if not millions, of things that you can do with them. All you have to do is be creative and be open to new experiences.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU GO OUT WITH YOUR DOG
No one wants stressful and frustrating situations whenever you spend a day out with your dog. Hence, it is important to review certain guidelines in order to have a stress-free and enjoyable bonding time with your furry pal. Here are some things to remember if you decide to go out with your dog:
- Follow the leash guidelines wherever you go.
- Wear your face masks, maintain social distancing in public, and follow other COVID-19 health protocols (it’s for your own good!).
- Make sure that your dog can follow your vocal commands. If not, start training them.
A LIST OF ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN DO ON A DAY OUT WITH YOUR DOG
1. Outdoor Yoga
4. Go to the park
5. Bike around the neighborhood
6. Lay out an inflatable pool in your garden and swim with them
7. Tour around the city
8. Explore a State Park
9. Have canine playdates with your fellow dog owners
10. Run or jog outside every morning
11. Sign up for agility training classes or create your own agility obstacle course in your backyard
12. Go to a pet-friendly restaurant
13. Treat the both of you to a dog-friendly brewery or winery
14. Go on a picnic
15.Hiking trip with your loyal companion
16. Surf’s up on the beach
FUN INDOOR ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR DOG WHEN YOU’RE STUCK AT HOME
Being at home most of the time is very common these days due to the pandemic. However, this doesn’t have to be boring as long as you’re with your dog. Here are some fun things that you can do indoors when you can’t spend a day out with your dog:
1. Teach them new tricks
2. Play puzzles with them to stimulate their brain
3. Bake some homemade dog treats
4. Read a book aloud beside them
5. Train them to respond to vocal cues and commands
6. Curl up on the sofa while watching TV series and movies with them
7. Level up your dog’s intelligence with different games for dogs
8. Indoor training
9. Play scentwork with them
10. Go hide and seek around the house
11. Sign up for online dog-friendly fitness groups
12. Practice your patience by teaching your dog how to balance things on their nose
13. Teach your dog to be friendly with other people by teaching them how to high-five, etc.
14. Teach your dog basic math and bark numbers
15. Leash training so that they’ll get used to wearing a leash whenever the both of you are out of your property
16. Clicker training to modify their behavior
GAMES THAT YOU CAN PLAY AND ENJOY WITH YOUR DOG
3. Hidden Treasure
FULFILL YOUR BUCKET LIST
Whether you try the activities for a day out with your dog or decide to stay at home, make sure to fulfill your bucket list to make life even fun and more meaningful. Remember that boredom can lead to destructive and unwanted behaviors–for both you and your dog so it is very important to stay occupied. Try challenging yourself to do at least one of these activities per day so that you get to experience different things amidst the pandemic. These things on our list can help you ease your stress and anxiety–especially when you have your loyal companion by your side as you do these.