Dogs love being outside - even couch potatoes love taking in the fresh air. This is because dogs descended from canines who lived in the wild, so it's in their nature. Fortunately, there are lots of ways for you and your pup to enjoy time outside beyond your typical walk. Here are 12 outdoor activities for you and your dog:
1. Go For A Run
Most dogs will be excited to join you on your run
. Plus, running together has plenty of benefits
beyond physical activity. And if you have trouble getting motivated to exercise outside, your pup can give you the push you need.
2. Spend Time At The Dog Park
Going to a dog park is an excellent way to let your dog release energy
. Not only is it an extended amount of time outside, but there's plenty of socialization
and stimulation with all those fur-buddies around.
3. Hit The Trails
Hiking isn't just fun for humans - it's also great for dogs. Just make sure to be safe while hiking with your dog
and keep an eye out for ticks
4. Practice Some Training
Training is always a good for your dog and it's especially great for his or her mental stimulation. Why not take your training outside? It's the perfect way for you and your pup to spend time outside, while also allowing you to complete your tasks. Plus, you can even try agility training, since that has to be done outdoors where there's enough space.
5. Soak Up The Beach
Another great way for you and your pup to spend time outside is to take a trip to the beach. The different scenery and smells will provide lots of stimulation for your pup, who may even dig in the sand. And because you have easy access to the ocean, your dog can splash around in it to prevent overheating
or heat stroke if it's hot out.
6. Live That Lake Or Mountain Life
Bring along your dog with you when you take a trip to the lake or mountains. The mountains will be fun to explore and the lake provides a wonderful opportunity for you and your dog to spend time outside while not getting overheated in warmer weather.
7. Enjoy Flowers And Fruits
Spring is the season for flowers and autumn is the season for apples
. You can take your dog on a walk through local gardens, wild flower fields or simply the flowerbeds in your neighborhood to treat him or her to some new scents. Or, if allowed, you can bring your dog along to a pumpkin patch or apple picking.
8. Go To An Outdoor Game
More and more teams are now allowing you to bring your dog to the stadium. They usually designate a day or several as "dog days." What dog wouldn't love to watch a game designed around throwing and catching balls? It's basically professional fetch.
9. Visit A Market
Farmer's markets are most popular in spring and summer, but there are still ones around during autumn and indoor markets year-round
. If they're pet-friendly and your dog is well-behaved, you can take your dog with you. to give him or her the opportunity to explore new sights and smells. He or she may even get a sample, just make sure it's a dog-friendly one.
10. Fire Up The Grill
Who said grilling was only for summer? Whether it's in your backyard or in a public place, you can bring your dog along so you two can enjoy time together outside.
11. Go Out To Dinner
Many restaurants have outdoor seating and, if it's a dog-friendly place, you'll be able to bring your pup along (if he or she is well-behaved enough). This is especially useful if you want to go out to eat but don't have plans with other people - your dog will always be a great dinner date.
12. Catch A Drive-In Movie
One popular activity for people is going to drive-in movies. But why not bring your dog along, if he's well-behaved enough? It will give your dog some time outside, while you get to enjoy the show. You can even bring some snacks for you both (as long as they're dog-friendly, of course).