Fun Activities to Do with Your Furry Friend
As we get busier with our heavily packed schedules, often we forget that our furry friends need their playtime. It is easy to forget hours in the crate can leave your furry friend feeling bored and anxious. Besides the usual dog walking around the neighbourhood, it is time to try new ways to stimulate your pet. Furr now (no pun intended), these listed activities should leave you and your furry friend happy, healthy, and amused.
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Playing a game of hide-and-seek with your dog stimulates your pet’s mind. Your dog would need to know the commands of “stay” and “release” to play the game. You can place treats beneath the couch or behind the crate and let your pet use their snouts to track down their treats as a way to bond with your pet.
Cookies, Spice, and Everything Nice
You don’t have to feel bad about eating cookies in front of your dog. In fact, there are various pet-friendly recipes on Pinterest, TikTok and Instagram you name it. A quick tip if you are in a rush- just throw in 32 ounces of plain yoghurt and 1 cup of melted peanut butter together in a bowl, mix and put in the freezer. Scoop it out for when you want your furry friend to have a treat for being a good old boy! If there’s balance, do not fret- it can keep for a few weeks.
This Must Be Reality
Unlike our capability to distinguish between reality and the shows being played on TV, our pet does not know. They cannot discern that the ball on TV, for example, is not a real ball. So, it may come as no surprise that they would find the bouncy, colourful little ball on TV all too real. What is even cooler is that our pets enjoy watching TV as much as we do. Put on your favourite Netflix series or gear up for some sports action. Either way, your pet would be cheering on along with you when your favourite team scores-now that is pawtastic!
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It’s Bath Time!
Bubbles, sweet-smelling fragrances, and a lot of splashing come to mind when thinking of bath time with your pet. While it may seem routine to give your furry friend a scrub once a week- try switching it up with different pet shampoos. A slight change goes a long way, so be sure to incorporate a few things- like adding a rubber ducky!
Let’s Get Physical
Besides a few rounds of walking in the neighbourhood, try to aim for new challenges that interest you and your pet. Maybe taking a jungle track filled with trees and nature could be a wonderful way to get some fresh air. You could also indulge your pet in some swimming- be sure to take it slow. Always try the shallow end and work your way up. Pay attention to your pet and enjoy the splash- jump in yourself too.
Jedi Mind Tricks
Your pet needs mental stimulation much like the way we need puzzles, trivia games, and mystery shows. Indulge your furry friend in some slow dispensing food games. You could try using different food dispensing devices- start off with a simple one. Giving your pet a complicated dispensing food toy could leave it disinterested. You want to encourage your pet the first few times, and then, the sky’s the limit.
Agility Course Track
Want to give your dog a circuit-like sports activity? Then set up your agility course track would be the way to go. Your pet would enjoy the rigorous activity and leave it fulfilled more than ever. Your pet might be too tired to rummage around the furniture at night after completing the course- which is great for you! First-time owners who are unsure about what to get their dogs should read this.
You don’t have to lay down in Savasana all by yourself, dear yogis! It may seem like you are struggling for time to walk the dog, play, and get in your own yoga session to maintain your overall health. It does not have to be one or the other. Now, you can bring your pet along to your yoga sesh-look for one that incorporates a pet and is near-by you.
Well, dear pet lovers, this is the time to wrap things up. You do not have to worry about not having enough time to spend with your furry friend. Incorporating little things like switching up the dog shampoo, adding toys to your pet’s bath regime, making homemade pet-friendly cookies, and doing doga are all amazing ways to bond with your pet. Have fun and remember anything is paw-sible!
January 10 at 5:45 am
Interesting activities to engage with pets. They will be excited and love these fun things, surely.
January 10 at 5:17 pm
Absolutely, that’s the biggest part of having a pet – having fun with them.
January 10 at 2:54 pm
I never owned a dog, I can’t wait to get the first one, super excited about it…
January 10 at 5:17 pm
They make great companions if you do your research first and pick the right dog for you.
January 10 at 9:39 pm
What a cute idea to really engage with your pet and keep them stimulated. So cute and a lot of fun too!
January 14 at 10:27 pm
It’s great for exercising their brains too.
January 10 at 11:17 pm
My dogs love it when we make treats for them – even if it’s just spoonfuls of peanut butter. They’re not crazy about bathtime, but they are always happy afterward.
January 14 at 10:27 pm
Yes they love it, one of ours will ask when he wants to play games.
Laura le Roux
January 11 at 3:29 am
My mom does the agility courses with her dog – she loves it (the dog).
We do hide and seek with our pooch – he gets so excited.
January 14 at 10:26 pm
Some dogs really love it don’t they? One of our dogs just doesn’t get it at all.
January 11 at 5:42 am
Very interesting post. I don’t have a dog, or any pet, at the moment as we live on a boat and travel a lot for work. But when we do decide to live on land again, getting a dog is at the top of my list. I’m going to pin this post so I can find the information when the time comes.
January 14 at 10:25 pm
Oh how exciting, I bet it’s amazing living on a boat.
January 11 at 10:42 am
Hahah these are some cute things to do with them fur balls. I personally love taking them on long walks
January 14 at 10:24 pm
Yes we generally go for long walks but I had to find alternative things to do when I injured my shoulder and couldn’t hold their leads.
Lavanda Michelle Williams
January 11 at 3:17 pm
Amazing idea. Such a lovely way to stay engaged with your pets.
January 14 at 10:24 pm
They can be a great source of comfort (and entertainment).
January 11 at 4:48 pm
I really like the idea of making an agility course! What a fun time that would be to watch.
January 14 at 10:23 pm
We did this during the lockdown with ours, one dog was pretty intelligent. The other just ran around excited not knowing what was going on lol.
January 13 at 3:08 pm
Awww this makes me want a doggy even more now 🙂
January 14 at 10:22 pm
They are great company 🙂