17 Activities Every Dog Will Love

Written By Jill Taylor

Being a good pet owner is key to the happiness of your dog, and there are many types of activities that you could do with your dog that would bring it joy. Although the breed and personality play a huge part in what they’ll love doing, here are 17 activities that many dogs enjoy.

Going for a Hike

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The Wildest tells us that dogs love going for walks because it allows them to meet other dogs, get some exercise, sniff around, and for a bunch of other reasons. Some breeds will need longer walks than others. So, going on a walk is just about front and center for activities all dogs will love.

Playing Fetch

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Who hasn’t seen dogs in the park going crazy for a game of fetch? There aren’t many dogs in the world who don’t love to run after a tennis ball or a frisbee, so if you haven’t played this with your dog yet, it’s definitely a good idea to do it now.

Agility Training

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Many breeds of dogs pride themselves in their agility and want to try out new things in order to practice and explore their skills. Why not try setting up an agility course in your backyard? You could teach them to navigate tunnels, jumps, and weave poles.

Visiting a Dog Park

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Going to the dog park is a dream day out for any dog. It gives them the chance to get some fresh air and socialize with other dogs, which are two of their favorite things. Just make sure that the park is fenced and safe.

Swimming

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Dogs love to swim, especially when they’re cooling off on a hot day, says Wag! So, why not take your dog to the beach or the lake when the weather is warm? They’ll love it! However, it’s probably worth checking that they’re a good swimmer before they get too deep.

Playing in the Snow or Rain

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On the subject of playing with water, many dogs love to jump around and play in the snow or the rain, too. You could try taking your dog for a walk in either of these conditions but don’t take them out for too long as they will get cold and fed up.

Taking a Boat Trip

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Many dogs love to ride in a boat or canoe as it gives them a chance to be close to the water without being exhausted from swimming too much. If you’re going to do this, it’s best to get your dog a life jacket.

Camping

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One time, try pitching a tent and spend the night under the stars with your dog. They’ll appreciate the time spent outdoors, and it could turn into a great bonding activity for you and your dog. Bring all necessary supplies, including food, water, and a leash, and have a great time.

Visiting a Farmer’s Market

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You could also try exploring your local market so that you can let your dog experience new sights and smells. Some of these markets even have particular stalls that are friendly for dogs, selling dog treats and food. It could be a great chance for your dog to socialize as well.

Paddleboarding

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Another water activity that your dog just might fall in love with is paddleboarding, for similar reasons to why they’d love boating. Except here, if they get sick of the paddleboard, it’s easier for them to just jump in the water and swim instead.

Doggy Playdates

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According to Battersea, dogs are “naturally social creatures who often love to play together.” It’s important for them to socialize with other dogs, so a playdate could be a good idea. There are many clubs you could join, or you could just visit a friend with a dog.

Learning New Tricks

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Many dogs love to learn new tricks because it’s fun for them to do new things and stimulate their minds—all dog owners know how much dogs need their minds stimulated. Start with simple commands like ‘sit’ and ‘shake’ before moving on to more complicated skills.

Going to a Baseball Game

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Did you know that there are certain dog-friendly MLB games called ‘Bark in the Park’ – what better way for baseball fans and dogs to have a great day out together? In these games, there will be designated areas of the stadium for dogs to hang out. Awesome!

Having a Picnic

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Have you ever tried packing a dog-friendly picnic and heading out somewhere in nature, like the forest or even the local park? You could pack some sandwiches for yourself and some treats and toys for your dog. Then, maybe a game of frisbee could be on the cards!

Trying Dog Yoga (Doga)

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It might seem a little silly at first, but there are a number of benefits to dog yoga, as Hill’s Nutrition says. These include better posture for yourself and better posture for your dog, as well as a great chance to bond with their owner… you!

Fun Grooming Sessions

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Some dogs hate grooming sessions, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case if you make them fun from your side. You can turn grooming into a bonding activity with treats and praise, and your dog will come out of it cleaner and happier.

Solving Puzzle Games

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There are loads of different puzzle games you can try out with your dog online. Or, if you want to take things further and make the puzzle experience more personal, you could even try and make up some of these puzzles for yourself.

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