Activities to Build a Closer Bond With Your Dog
Quite possibly the most important thing you can do for your dog is to build a bond where he trusts you and feels accepted as part of your family. You and your dog go for walks together, you may even allow him indoors to spend time with you and the family but what else can you do to build on your relationship?
Here are 10 experiences that will help you build a closer bond by spending time with your pooch.
Picnic: Dogs and food, you simply cannot go wrong! Why not pack a healthy picnic for you and your pooch and head on out to a dog-friendly park. Don’t forget to pack the picnic blanket! (Bonding Experience: Chill Out)
Hide and Seek: Also known as ‘Nose Work’ this fun activity for your dog can be experienced in the convenience of your own back yard. The idea of the game is to get your dog using his nose again, just like his wild ancestors did. You can use anything he loves; berries, raw diced vegies, kibble, liver treats etc. Hide the treats all over the backyard and encourage your dog to use his nose to seek them out. As he becomes more skilled at using his nose you will notice the ‘manic seek’ moves into a calculated ‘grid seek’. Pretty cool matrix! (Bonding Experience: Fun)
Movie Night: Ok so I could not find a walk-in cinema, let alone Gold Class that allows your dog to clamber onto the recliner seat next to you for a big screen experience. However, there are still a few Drive-In Cinemas around more than happy to cater to your best mate on movie night. Just remember to pack the poo bags and lead, no one wants to step in a doggie doo-doo or have their kids ice cream nicked by your excitable off-leash hound! (Bonding Experience: Chill Out)
Paddle Boarding: Your dog will need a good level of trust to get him on a paddle board with you. And you are going to need a good amount of core balance to make sure you both do not end up in the drink. Paddle boarding is a peaceful activity that creates a calm mind for both of you. Find your inner Zen! (Bonding Experience: Fun)
Doga: Also known as ‘Dog Yoga’. Yes that’s right, yoga with your dog! The idea is fur-parent and dog work as one unit creating yoga poses together. Through the acts of mediation, gentle massage and stretching fur-parents will achieve a greater harmony with their dogs. Chanting is also known to take place during the occasional routine. The question is - do both of them have to chant? (Bonding Experience: Unique)
Hiking: Spend the day together, exploring new sites and smells! Now that is doggie heaven. You can take it easy or pick up the pace and incline for a more intensive workout. Either way your dog will love getting out into the fresh air and exploring nature with you. Make sure he is up to date with heart worm and tick preventatives and you have given yourself a spray with insect repellent! Only a Dalmatian looks good in spots! (Bonding Experience: Active)
Day Trip: Have you ever just jumped into the car with your dog and gone for a drive? The feeling of not going anywhere in particular but just driving to see what country town, river or mountain you end up is good time spent together. Have you heard the saying ‘It’s not the destination but the journey that counts’? (Bonding Experience: Fun)
Bike Rides: This is a fun activity directed to our small pooches with big personalities! Our little dogs deprived of long legs often find it exhausting to keep up with a long walk to get to a great destination. Bike rides are an awesome way to get to a far-away location! With so many types of dog carriers on the market you a bound to find the one to suit your dogs travelling style. Giddy Up! (Bonding Experience: Active)
Mini Break: How does waking up to the magical chorus of the bush or drifting off to sleep to waves breaking on the rocks sound to you? Why not take your dog on a well-deserved weekend away! There are so many dog-friendly B&B’s, holiday houses and apartments around you are bound to find something to your liking and budget. (Bonding Experience: Chill Out)
Camping: Surely there is no better bonding experience than sitting around a flickering campfire, wrapped in a blanket and toasting marshmallows with your BFM (Best Fur Mate). There are so many camping options now available, you can choose to get close to nature with your regular facilities or join the glamping craze; glamorous camping in permanent safari tents offering luxurious baths, big beds with fluffy doonas and real toilets. That’s right people, I said real toilets! (Bonding Experience: Chill Out)
Now get out there and enjoy some quality time with your beloved pooch! I would love to hear of other “paw-some” ideas from our fur-parent readers!
Author Bio: Nikki is pack leader at Pressplay Pets – a blog for the modern age pet parent interested in health & care, news, reviews & personal accounts of unconditional love & at times heartfelt pain of pet parenting. She is also proud mum to cute and cheeky Papillons ‘Amber’ and ‘Indy’ and one crazy Rainbow Lorikeet named ‘Ralph’! Like our Facebook page!