This Spring be Active With Your Dog!
Now that snowbanks have melted and sidewalks are safer for you and your dog to use, it is time to explore the streets in your neighbourhood. In the spring, the weather is pleasant, the sun is shining, and nature awakens to show us new colours. It is the perfect time to plan activities with your dog to strengthen your relationship. For some, it is the time of the year to rediscover the great outdoors.
We have prepared a list of activities that caters to everyone’s needs. All pet parents and pets, whether active or sedentary, young or old, will find something that fits their needs.
Before your dog ventures outside, take a look at our blog article “Is Your Pet Ready for Spring?”.
Establish an Exercise Routine
Does your dog need to lose a few extra pounds gained during winter? Just like us, pets move less during the cold season and tend to put on weight. Therefore, it is important to get back into an exercise routine to lose those extra pounds. Why not take advantage of this time to get in shape too with your dog? There are a lot of activities to choose from which require different levels of effort. For example, walking, running, biking, rollerblading, are all activities that can be done with your dog. However, make sure to go easy if you haven’t been very active during winter. This way, you’ll be spending quality time with your pet while also taking care of your health.
Find a New Dog Park
Sometimes, it feels good to get out of your normal routine. Do an online search to find dog parks around where you live. This will allow your dog to socialize with new furry friends, and maybe even, allow you to meet other dog lovers. Don’t forget to bring your training treats with you!
Spring is the ideal time to buy new toys or games for your dog. Bring your four-legged friend shopping with you; you’ll know right away what they like the most. While you’re at it, why not get a new collar or leash? Shopping is fun and a great mood booster!
Create an Agility Course
Design an obstacle course in your backyard and train your dog to complete it. All you need is to gather objects from your home, like cardboard boxes, garden chairs, hula hoops, pool noodles… Just use your imagination, but make sure to use objects that will not hurt your pet. Don’t forget to have treats handy to reward your pet when they successfully complete a part of the course. If you don’t have enough space to create your own course, know that there’s dog agility – obstacle course races – offered at many canine clubs.
Did you know that more than 600 campgrounds in Quebec and several campsites in Ontario allow dogs? What’s better than lovely walks with your best friend in a gorgeous setting? However, before booking, make sure to check the conditions required by the campsite. Also note that very few places accept cats.
Try Something New
If you are the active type, there are activities you can do with your pet, such as canicross, a sport for those pet parents and their dogs who are in great shape. It consists of running races as a duo with your dog. There is also rhythmic obedience, also known as dog dancing, which is meant to train your dog in a fun way. You get to create perfectly synchronized dancing choreographies with your dog. This activity requires a lot of discipline, practice, and mostly, patience.
Spending quality time with your dog is what matters most. Regardless of how you do it, your best furriend will always be grateful. There are a lot of options to choose from, you just need to find the one that is perfect for you and your better half.
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