When you have a dog, there are so many fun outdoor possibilities! You just need to be prepared to try them! After all, walking around the block isn’t going to be exciting for either dog or child. You want your children to bond with your dog and enjoy each other’s company, not get to resent the task of walking Fido.
So, instead of listening to your kids whine while you force them to walk the dog around the block, why not incorporate cool and fun activities your kids can do with your dog? So, let’s show you some fun weekend activities your family can do together.
You’ll have to research beforehand about whether or not the local national parks allow dogs. Many parks do allow dogs as long as they’re leashed. Lace on those hiking boots, make sure the kids have sunscreen on and your dog has access to water. You can pick a new national park or hiking trail every weekend. Your dog will love going out into the wilderness and this will give your children an opportunity as well to appreciate nature and explore what the world has to offer. Just don’t forget to get the appropriate hiking gear for your dog!
Everyone loves camping! During the summer season, you can fill the car up with your tent, sleeping bags and cooler and head out into the great outdoors! Of course, your dog will love this opportunity to run around in nature and hang out with the family.
Though, you should be aware that your dog may have a problem falling asleep at night. Firstly, all the noises are completely new for them. Secondly, they’re used to sleeping on their beds or on the couch. But, to make them feel more comfortable, you can get them a dog sleeping bag. These provide your dog with the comfort of their bed while out in nature.
Dogs love playing frisbee, either for pleasure or competition. If your dog is the type to chase a ball or stick, then they’re going to love frisbee. You’ll be able to get your kids involved by having them pass the frisbee between each other or throwing it for the dog. Either way, your dog’s going to be running between your kids and the frisbee in hopes of catching it. You can use plastic, fabric or silicone frisbees. However, we recommend fabric or silicone as it’ll be able to withstand your dog’s teeth.
Of course, your children and dog are going to love the beach. If there’s food involved, we’re not sure what your dog will love more: food or the beach. Your children can build sandcastles, your dog can knock them down. Both your dog and the children can enjoy a swim together and run on the beach. You can bring a kite and have your child fly while your dog runs after it. The beach has an endless amount of opportunities for your children and dog.
Why not create a challenging obstacle course that your children and dog have to participate in. You can make them jump over logs, do somersaults on the lawn and crawl through tunnels – you create the obstacle course. It’ll be a great way to promote physical activity with your children while including your dog in the course.
You’ll want to make sure that your dog listens to commands, especially if your child is going to be holding your dog’s leash. If your dog listens while off-leash, that’s even better. Rollerblading is a great way to get your kids active while enjoying the outside environment. Plus, your kids can have a lot of fun with letting your dog pull them. Both your kids and dog will be tuckered out from the workout they just had.
If you don’t have time to go hiking or head to the beach, why not take your dog to the dog park? It’s a great opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs and your children comfortable with other dogs.
Dog parks also allow your dog to roam off-leash, so you’ll be able to tire them out much quicker than walking them around the block. You don’t always have to engage with your dog for them to enjoy their outing. Letting your dog socialize with others will make them a more well-rounded pet.
Now, this will take some time for your dog to get used to, so don’t expect your dog to jump into a kayak on their first go. However, after your dog adjusts to sitting in a kayak, your dog will love the calm atmosphere and aquatic life. Kayaking is overall an amazing bonding experience for your family as it requires teamwork and communication. Your children will also love the experience of kayaking, especially with their dog by their side.
Tug of war
If you’re camping, at the beach or having a picnic, a great pastime activity would be a game of tug-of-war. All you do is take a rope, or even your dog’s leash and put teams on either side of the rope. Of course, both teams have to pull each end of the rope in hopes of the other team falling. You can play this game with your dog on one end and your child on the other. They’ve probably played this game before since they’ve probably tugged shoes out of your dog’s mouth. Do make sure when playing this game, that you do it on soft ground. That way, if your child falls, they won’t subject themselves to any scraped knees.
Now that you have a couple ideas for weekend activities, it’s time you took your entire family out of the house. Why waste time sitting around your house when you can take advantage of nature and enjoy it with your entire family? Children have enough exposure to technology as it is, it’s time to get them engaged with the outdoors and see the fun of spending time with the family pet.
Author Bio: Anna Smith resides in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, where she works as a Pet Nutrition Expert in a leading retail pet store. She is responsible for nutritional strategies for different breeds and development of new products on the market in compliance with Association of American Feed Control Officials. Anna’s passions are education about proven methods and best practices in the industry and her dog Max, who is always well-fed. She also helps curate contents for DogsAholic.com.