Last updated on May 23rd, 2023 at 03:58 pm
Are you tired of seeing your furry best friend lounging around, looking bored? Our pets depend on us for everything, including entertainment, mental stimulation, and fun.
That’s why we’re sharing five boredom busters for dogs that will not only entertain your four-legged pal, but are fun for the whole family. You heard that right! These activities aren’t only meant for your pooch, the humans get to enjoy them too. So, let’s dive right in and unleash the excitement!
Most of us consider our pets part of the family. So, when we pack the car and take the kids on family outings, it can feel like we’re leaving someone important behind. Those puppy-dog eyes looking at us through the curtains can certainly pull at the heartstrings too!
And while we can spoil our pets with the latest pet products and plenty of toys, they can still get bored and lonely at home. Of course, we can’t take them everywhere we go, but there are lots of activities the entire family can enjoy together, and that includes our dogs.
Read on to discover some terrific boredom busters for dogs that just happen to be terrific family activities you’ll like too!
Create an obstacle course
Backyard obstacle courses are a fun family activity even your kids will love.
From being involved in setting up the obstacle course to teaching your pet some tricks, the kids will love being in the thick of it! All the while, your dog will get the benefits of honing in on their natural instincts, burning off some energy and, of course, having fun. And, don’t forget to reward them with a few treats along the way.
Some breeds — like collies, terriers and kelpies—particularly enjoy agility courses and training. But, if your pet isn’t as thrilled as you’d hoped, give one of these other family activities a try.
Bring your pet on your next hiking adventure
Hikes are a great way for the whole family (including Fido) to get out and active in the fresh air. It’s also a great way to explore your local area and maybe find some new favorite spots to get away to again.
But, before you set off on your hiking adventure, be sure to do your research. Some hiking trails may not be dog friendly or suitable for all skill levels, so checking this out in advance will ensure everyone has a great time.
You’ll also want to take along enough water and food for the whole family. (Collapsible pet bowls are perfect for hiking or any kind of travel.) Be sure to stop and check on your pet every 30 minutes or so to see if they’re thirsty.
Go camping together
There’s no better way to bond as a family than to take a camping trip. Pack up your tent (or camper), and find a dog-friendly camping spot to spend a night, weekend or even longer.
The fresh air, relaxing environment, and extra exercise is great for the whole family, including your dog. Just be sure you’re up to date on your pet’s vaccinations, as well as flea and tick protection, before setting out.
Enjoy a pet-friendly cafe
With more families taking their fur babies everywhere they go, it’s no wonder more and more cafés are opening their doors to pets.
Pet-friendly cafés are amazing boredom busters for dogs, and we’re seeing them in more and more places. Some even offer doggy-dedicated menus.
Your dog will love the bonding time as they enjoy a puppuccino or treat with the family. You could even make it a puppy playdate and have your friends bring their dogs, too!
Taking your pet along on your next family beach trip is a great way to spend time together. Swimming is a fun, gentle exercise, so even older dogs will be excited to learn they’re on the way to the beach or pool.
As always, ensure you bring your pet accessories with you, including a bowl for fresh water and a towel to dry off.
You’ll also want to rinse off your dog after they’ve been in the ocean to help reduce the likelihood of them licking off all that salt themselves!
Whatever family activity or outing you include your pet in, they’ll be thrilled to be along for the ride. Even a less active breed of dog will love curling up on a blanket in the shade if nothing else.
So, the next time you head out the door with the family, remember your four-legged family member too!
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