What does your dog have to look forward to? Some of you might say, my dog gets to take naps all day, eat, and not work a job he doesn't like! While that might sound great to some folks--to only sleep and eat one's way through each day--life might prove to be quite boring rather quickly. If you haven't thought about this, your dog may be living that kind of life, too. Boring!
My dogs are older and don't play any fetching games, but that could be another fun thing to do with your dog. Try playing a game of some kind with your dog every day. Here are some ideas:
- Fetching a tossed ball or Frisbee;
- Chasing a rolled ball (I knew of a Scottie who loved to nudge and chase a basketball around his back yard);
- Find-it or Nosework (tm)-style games;
- A game of Tug with Rules;
- Hide and seek.
- A ride to the local pet bakery for a treat;
- Riding along with you to run a short errand; (do I need to remind you not to leave your dog in the car unless the air conditioner is running? Some businesses allow dogs inside. Check before you go.)
- Stand-up paddleboarding or canoeing together;
- Running or biking with you
- Spending 10 minutes going through some training exercises that your dog enjoys. (We try to work on a little something every day.)
It's best if the activity you choose takes place during the same part of the day--like an afternoon or evening time-frame. That helps build expectation. It doesn't have to be the same thing every day, either. As long as you have set aside a time for a special activity with your dog.
When choosing an activity, think about what your dog enjoys most. Keep in mind that the most important component of the activity is you! It's not enough to simply release your dog into the back yard. You should be involved in this special event in your dog's day.