8 Go To Activities To Wear Out A Dog

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Walk

Taking the dog for a walk around the neighborhood is a great way for them to get some exercise. However, depending on the size and type of dog, or where you are located, a walk may not be enough.

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Trip to the dog park

This is the ultimate playground for most dogs. Dogs are social creatures, and they love the freedom to run and interact with other dogs. However, if you are sitting an unfamiliar dog, it may not be the best place to take the dog. Perhaps a similar, yet more predictable activity is in order.

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Fetch

Perhaps the favorite activity for dogs is fetch. You use a ball, stick, toy, and virtually anything else that captures the dog’s attention. Plus, you can play catch indoors, in the backyard or at the park – providing you with multiple options, depending on how much time you have and your comfort level with the dog.

5 Great Uncommon Activities for Dogs

Whether you are stuck indoors or are short on time, here are some other less common activities to help wear out your new fuzzy friend.

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Puzzle toys

We all know that dogs love their toys. If you don’t have the time to take the dog out, one of the best ways to tire them out is through some mental stimulation, using puzzle toys. There is no shortage of them on the market today. Most involve the dog trying to figure out how to get food or a treat out of the toy by performing a specific action. It can keep them occupied for hours, plus they’ll be ready for a nap in no time.

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Kongs

Another great item that is similar to puzzle toys are Kongs. They come in sizes for all dogs. One of the popular things to do today is to freeze food in the Kong or put some peanut butter inside it. It will keep your pup busy and happy for hours.

Obedience training/games

It is amazing how much a little obedience training and related games can tire out a dog. Playing simple obedience games that involve sitting, staying, and following other instructions will challenge them both mentally and physically. It’s a great way for you to practice your training, earn the dog’s respect, and get a better understanding of how they respond to you and your commands.

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Hide and treat

Rather than playing hide and seek, why not hide some treats around the house for the dog to find? All you need to do is put the dog in another room, hide the treats, and let them at it. Just make sure you remember where you hid the treats. It’s also a good idea not to hide them in areas where the dog could knock something over or damage things.

 

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