Are you bored with the usual walk around the block or watching your pup chase squirrels in the backyard? Your pup probably gets a bit tired of it too. Although chasing those squirrels probably never gets old. But it is always good to try something new once in a while.
We have done some extensive research and found the top 104 fun things you can do with your four-legged family member. Just make sure you are both healthy enough for the activities you choose.
I’ve divided them into categories so that you can filter through the list and find the best activity for your and your dog.
If you have two or more large breed dogs, maybe you would enjoy bikejoring. Seriously, what is more fun than having your pooches pull you along on your bike. All you have to do is sit back and relax. However, don’t try this with a Chihuahua!
What’s all this about then? We’re stepping up our activity with the girls this month – #bikejoring anyone?— TrailTailsUK (@trailtailsuk) January 30, 2020
Dog Friendly Breweries
Dog Friendly Wineries
Traveling with your furry friends? @LaurelGlenWine is a dog friendly winery! #SonomaChat #Wine pic.twitter.com/9BlKdbVra0— Napa Wine Tours (@Napa_Wine_Tours) March 17, 2017
Attend a Dog-Friendly sporting event
Explore your local’s farmer market.
Attend a dog festival
Go to an outdoor concert (or movie screening) with your dog
#LaurieAnderson‘s Concert for Dogs will be starting soon! #MidnightMoment #HeartofaDogTSq pic.twitter.com/SQjlvsGgaA— Times Square Arts (@TSqArts) January 5, 2016
Take your dog on a boat ride
Go on a Walking Tour of Your City
Stand up paddle boarding
Stand up paddle boarding races for owners & their dogs! I stuck with the smallest dog possible! @9NewsGoldCoast pic.twitter.com/LvhRcwbxiY— Courtney Zagel (@courtneyzagel9) June 5, 2014
Go for a Bike Ride Together
Go Running Together
Jumping on the trampoline with your dog
If you have never tried trampolining with your furbaby, you have to do it soon. It is probably one of the most hilarious ways to spend the day with your pooch. At first, they may seem confused or even afraid. But soon they will be jumping along with you and having a blast.
Go to the Dog Park
All our dogs thought they were in doggie heaven this morning when a few friends visited this special dog park. No leashes, just a lot of ball throwing, swimming and socializing 🐾🐶 #mansbestfriend #dogs 🐩 pic.twitter.com/9ukJiMqGHH— Christopher (@Chrisvb700) January 26, 2020
Go on a Dog Friendly Walking Tour
Go on a Picnic
Hike a National Park
Most national parks allow pets as long as they are on a leash at all times. However, it is best to check the rules before heading out with your pooch. Make sure the trail is safe for you and your dog before starting your trek and do remember to bring the essentials like water and poop bags.
Go Kayaking with Your Dog
The NEW Sentinel 100 X EXO is ideal for kayaking with your dog. Our anti-slip cushion provides comfort for both you and your dog!— Pelican (@myPelican) January 21, 2020
#mypelican #pelicankayak #kayaking #kayak #adventure #outdoors #explore #kayakingwithdogs pic.twitter.com/pwt5CVusD7
Almost all state and national campgrounds allow dogs as long as they are leashed or otherwise restrained at all times. However, always check with the park first. Bring plenty of water, food, portable fences, bug repellent, and poo bags as well as toys and treats for your pup.
Is your dog part of your camping crew? Let us know! #NapierNation pic.twitter.com/qaJ7zw5sBZ— Napier Outdoors (@NapierOutdoors) January 31, 2020
Go fishing together
Dogs love fishing. In fact, your pooch may be able to jump in and catch a fish before you do. Of course, he will probably scare your fish away in the process. But who cares as long as you are both enjoying yourselves.
Looks like mans best friend also digs chasing Bones…— VagabondFly (@VagabondFly) July 3, 2019
Post a pic of you fishing with your your dog!
PC Oliver White pic.twitter.com/vVjQMUzwAL
Vacation with your dog
It's a puppies paradise at Harbour House Hotel. On your next Niagara getaway, escape the guilt that comes with leaving your pup at home, learn more via the link. https://t.co/txa4JlK9HS#dogfriendlyhotels #dogfriendlytravel pic.twitter.com/yWll8DRnUt— NiagarasFinestHotels (@NiagarasFinest) December 4, 2019
Pet Friendly Restaurants
Believe it or not, there are a lot of restaurants that let your dog dine with you. Many of them are near dog parks or local parks where a lot of people hang around outside. Strip malls with outside dining are also good places for doggy dining. Check around your area and you may be surprised at how many places you find.
You might know we have a year-round dog friendly pawtio, but do all your friends!? We even have a special for the doggos: Wednesday’s is #dogseatfree 4-10pm 🐶 🍖 from our 3-course dog menu! Share with your friends!— The Howe Kitchen+Bar (@HoweMpls) December 10, 2019
📸: @brooksthebernese thanks for sharing!! pic.twitter.com/0BluDXxYsJ
Visit a dog-friendly bar
Axelrad Beer Garden— Your Favorite Places In Houston (@YPHoustonTX) June 19, 2019
1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004
Dog friendly bar 🐶
Beers, Pizza, Live Music, Cocktails, and Hammocks to relax in!!! pic.twitter.com/e9tmlxNJap
Play together in the snow
Take your pooch out to play in the snow with you next time it snows. Make sure you bundle them up if they are one of the dogs without a thick coat. Toss a few snowballs his way and watch him try to pick it up and bring it back. Or make a snowman and snowdog with your pooch.
Okaaa let's go play in the snow#dogs #dogsoftwitter#CutenessOverload #snowboardingpic.twitter.com/nGUEVKdSvG— Ginger the Beagle 🎖️🛡️♥️ (@BeagleGinger) February 1, 2020
Rollerblading with your dog
Your dog will totally love rollerblading with you. Just put a harness on your pup instead of a leash and let them pull you and they will go forever. It takes a lot longer to wear out most dogs than you think. You will probably get tired before him even if he is doing all the work.
Go to a Dog show
Eat a Gourmet Meal
Anything that has to do with eating is a favorite activity for your furbaby. You know Fido loves to eat no matter what it is. To him, a gourmet meal is a bite of your burger. But if you want to make filet mignon steak and share it with your pooch, that is even better.
Workout with your dog
Sometimes you just need to work out. Even for those of us who are lazy and do not want to work out. Maybe working out with our best fur-iend will make it more fun. It certainly couldn’t hurt. And your dog will love doing laps with you.
Work hard to play hard?— Julia Wilkerson (@Pawsfitness) January 31, 2020
More like work hard and play hard so I can be lazy 🦥 #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/CobWnPttkg
Play in the sprinklers with your dog
When is the last time you ran through a sprinkler? When you were a kid? Well, it is just as much fun as an adult so get out there and show your dog how it’s done. Actually, he will probably show you how it’s done. Most dogs love water, and sprinklers are like an amazing toy to them.
Enter the Muddy dog challenge
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and got muddy with us at today’s #MuddyDogChallenge event in Manchester, as well as our volunteers and proud sponsors @lv. Thanks to you, we raised over £91K for Battersea’s dogs and cats! 💙 pic.twitter.com/SXnE9upSld— Battersea (@Battersea_) October 20, 2018
Enter a dog running marathon
We have already established that dogs love to run. And they are good at it. In fact, they can probably run for hours if you let them. If you look hard enough, you can find a dog running marathon in your area. Or at least a marathon that is dog friendly. If not, just take your dog on a long run.
Take a RV Trip with your dog
Almost all dogs love going for rides. Just like kids, though, they get bored and need to move around a lot. An RV trip is fur-fect for that because they can run around the RV while you drive and then they will be nice and calm when you get to where you are going.
Last stop was Kansas City MO on our trip home! I had to check out the campground before packing it up! Vacation over… #EnglishBulldogs #englishbulldog #dogs #dogsoftwitter #rvlife #rv #jeep #Wrangler #vacation #Travel #KOA pic.twitter.com/by7GjUGpf1— Bulldog Pearl (@GillespiesPearl) January 29, 2019
Learn to surf together
Similar to stand-up paddle boarding, surfing is easier for a dog than a human. For the same reason; he stands on four feet instead of two. Dogs just seem to have better balance anyway. However, it is still a good idea to put a life jacket on Fido so when the waves come, he can keep his head above water.
Throwback to surfing with my dog Hana 😂 Watch the full video of my hilarious pups here: https://t.co/rkdmFKfzBe pic.twitter.com/9iS9E1AzwR— Bethany Hamilton (@bethanyhamilton) February 26, 2019
Play in the Pool
Another water sport. Dogs just love water. And so do we, so playing in the pool with your pup is just plain fun for both of you. It is even better on a hot summer day. Toss a ball or frisbee for your dog to go after. Make sure it floats so they don’t have to dive for it.
Watch the Puppy Bowl together
Book a “doga” session.
Make Home Treats
You can find all kinds of awesome homemade dog treat recipes online. And they are so much healthier when you make them yourself because you know what’s in them. Fido will enjoy taste-testing the results and licking the bowls clean.
Watch Netflix Together
Test your dog’s intelligence with the Dog IQ Test.
Sing to your dog
Some people sing to their dog all the time. And their dog really loves it. But you have probably seen those funny videos online where the dog howls or runs away when their owner sings. Try singing to your pooch and see whether they like it. If so, maybe you should try out for “The Voice.”
Movies to watch with your dog
If you want to curl up and watch a good movie with your furry family member, there are a bunch of movies that your dog may enjoy. How about 101 Dalmatians? Marley & Me is also a good one. Beethoven is fun for both of you too. Old Yeller or Cujo may be too scary or sad for you both. Homeward Bound is another one that your dog will probably love.
Put your dog on a treadmill
Be careful doing this if you are planning to use your own treadmill. It may seem like a good idea, but human treadmills can be dangerous for your fur buddy. They actually make treadmills for dogs so try one of those instead. Treadmills are excellent for those furbabies with way too much energy!
Play digging indoors together
If your dog likes to dig but you don’t like the holes in your yard, maybe you can get him digging inside. There are actually quite a few ways to do this but the easiest and least costly is just to let him dig at a blanket. Show your pooch how to dig on a soft blanket or rug that you don’t use anymore. They actually sell digging toys for pups too. Show him how fun it is, and he will be doing it in no
Get your dog a bubble bath with toys
Even though dogs love water, they sure don’t seem to like baths. Why is that? Maybe it’s because they are not fun. Give your pooch some toys & treats to play with in the bath. Add some bubbles and let him have fun in the tub or a pool outside. Eventually, he will see how much fun it is.
Work on Obedience training together
Nobody wants their dog to jump on strangers, bite the mailman, or run away all the time. So, teach your pooch some obedience. You can take your pup to a class or just do some research online and teach Fido yourself. It can’t be that hard, right? Just make sure you have lots of treats.
Train for a dog diving competition
See if your dog can catch treats in midair
We have all seen those funny videos of the dogs catching a treat or bone in midair. But when you toss something to your dog, he runs away. Take some time and show him that the treats you are throwing at him taste yummy and he will be ready and willing to catch them then.
Work on Some Clicker Training
Clicker training is a way to teach your pup tricks with positive reinforcement. The clicker tells your dog when to do what you want and they will do it if they know the treat comes after the click. Learn how to clicker train your dog and they will pretty much do whatever you want.
Book a CANICROSS class with your dog
Join a Herding Dog Training
Join a dog-friendly fitness group
Join a flyball team
Doggy dance classes
Join an Agility class
Teach Your Dog To Balance Anything On His Nose
Teach your Dog to Bring You Things
How about a dog that can bring you the remote for the television or your phone if you want to make a call? Some people want their dog to bring them a drink from the fridge. Service animals are sometimes taught to retrieve medicines or phones for their human in an emergency. You can teach your dog to bring you pretty much anything within reason if you are patient.
Teach Your Dog to Help With Chores
Wouldn’t it be cool if your furbaby could bring your groceries in? Or maybe pick up trash and put it in the trash can? It is not really as hard as it sounds. Dogs are smart. And most of them will do just about anything for a treat.
Teach Your Dog The Names of Their Toys
Teach your dog to “high-five”
Teach your dog to bark on command
Of course, all dogs know how to bark. Teaching them to bark when you want them to may be a bit harder than you think but it is still not too difficult. Most people use the command, “speak” to get Bowser to bark, but you can use any word you want to.
Teach your dog to give a hug
Teach your dog to stand on Hind Legs
If you have a big dog, getting them to stand on their hind legs is really fun since they can stand taller than some people. Little pups are easy to teach this trick and seem to have much better balance. No matter how big your dog is, it shouldn’t be too difficult to teach with the right treats.
Teach Your Dog to Grab His Leash
Similar to number 58, getting Fido to bring you his leash is not too hard to do if you take some time. And since most (all) dogs love to go for walks, all you have to do is ask if they want to go for a walk and they should have no trouble running and grabbing you the leash.
Teach your dog to Say Please by Sitting
If you cannot get your dog to talk, the best way to get them to say “please” is to have them sit and stay when they want something. If you ask your pup if he wants a treat, does he jump all over you? Teaching him to sit and wait is tantamount to saying “please,” so use that instead.
Teach your dog to count
No, you don’t have to get your pooch to actually say, “one, two, three…” All they have to do is learn to bark a certain amount of times. This is an amazing trick that your friends will love. You just need some time, patience, a clicker, and some treats.
Teach your dog to play dead
This morbid trick has been wowing dog owners and their fur-iends for a long, long time. And it is pretty easy to teach, too. Your dog already likes laying down so getting a treat and praise for doing it is a bonus for both of you. Just teach him “down” means lay down (and looks like playing dead), and you will be wowing your fur-iends in no time.
Teach your dog to Say a prayer
Although you may have thought that all dogs were born knowing how to fetch, some dogs just don’t get it. They may just look at the ball and ignore you or they may go get the ball and run away with it. And a lot of dogs will bring back the ball but won’t give it back to you. The best way to fix this is treats. He will have to go get the ball, bring it to you, and drop it to eat the treat.
My good boy playing fetch 🎾🐺❤️ #husky #dogsoftwitter pic.twitter.com/bIqtTDvZkX— Ms. Laika the Husky 🐶 (@Huskyinfinity) January 28, 2020
Play soccer together
The cutest thing you’ll see today 🥰 Messi playing soccer with his sons and his dog 🐶⚽️ (🎥: @OTRO) #Messi pic.twitter.com/n1dnkWRymJ— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) July 25, 2019
For this game, it is easier to have a friend with you to toss the frisbee to. Let Fido watch and pretty soon he will want to grab the frisbee too. If he just isn’t interested, toss it to your friend with your furbaby in the middle. Eventually, he will be trying to nab that disc right out of the air.
Play the Shell Game
Play Hide & Seek
Make a puzzle for your dog to solve
They sell these types of dog treat puzzles at the store, but it is so much more fun (and cheaper) to make them yourself. All you need is a plastic bottle, scissors, and some treats. Cut some small holes in the bottle for the treats to come out of, put a few treats inside, and give it to Fido. Then sit back and take a video for your favorite social media page.
Play Tug With Your Dog
They make special toys for playing tug of war with your pooch, which is kind of important. You don’t want to be cheap on this game because the wrong kind of tug toy could be dangerous to your furbuddy. Get a proper tug toy and let the good times roll (and tug). You will probably get tired before he does!
Teach Your Dog to Play With Bubbles
All you have to do is blow some bubbles his way and he will be after them. Make sure you don’t get it in his eyes, though, or he may never want to play this game again.
Play Some Water Games
We have already figured out that Fido loves water. So, grab a hose or some type of water toy and get out in the yard. Some of the kids’ water toys that spray water all over are great fun for you and your pooch. Sure, the kids can play too.
Play in a ball pit together
Ball pits are awesome no matter whether you are a kid, adult, or a dog. Jumping into a pool full of balls is just an exhilarating experience for anyone. There is just something about the brightly colored balls and being in a giant pool of them is just delightful. For all of you.
Play Stairway dash
If you have a set of stairs in your home, turn it into a game for your pooch. Not only is it fun and entertaining to both of you, it is also good exercise. Stand at the bottom of the stairs and toss a ball or toy up to the landing. Then tell him to “fetch.” That’s it. He will love it and so will you.
Play "Green Light Right Light" Together
Flirt Pole fun
Take Your Dog to Work With You
This can only happen if your work allows it, of course. And if they don’t maybe you need a new job. Seriously, some jobs are just too dangerous to bring your pooch to. Use your better judgement. But your pup will love hanging out with you all day. Remember the water and poop baggies.
Puppuccino at Starbucks
When the Starbucks order includes a #puppuccino. Happy Wednesday! pic.twitter.com/Wrj7eqWZ7Z— Ms Heitman (@MsHeitman) February 5, 2020
Sometimes you just need a little @starbucks #puppuccino to get you through the day. Mort is hanging out with us today just enjoying life, waiting for that perfect home and family to share puppucinos with. pic.twitter.com/QXCucGitmz— Detroit Dog Rescue (@313dogrescue) February 7, 2020
Eat a Doggy Ice Cream
Make your own dog tags with pictures
Howling with your dog
Matching costumes with your dog
Treat your dog to a spa day
Have a Doggie Play Date
Your fur buddy loves to play with other dogs, right? If not, then this one is not for you. But if your dog knows how to socialize well, have a doggy play date with a friend or relative who has a friendly dog too. You can catch up with your gossip while your furry friends have fun together.
Give your dog a Mani-Pedi
Similar to the spa day above (number 90), treating your pooch to a main-pedi is awesome for both of you. Make sure your dog is nice and relaxed or this may not be fun for either of you. Take it slow and easy. If your pooch just hates having his feet messed with, don’t force it. Just let the groomer do it.
Let kids read to your (very calm) dog at the library.
If you have a nice calm dog that knows how to sit and be quiet, take them to a dog-friendly library and let the kids read to him. The kids will love it. Or if you cannot find a library that will go for this, have some kids (and their parents) over to your house and let them read to him. This is fun for your pooch and great learning for the kids.
Walk around your neighborhood and try to make doggie friends.
Have you met all your neighbors yet? How about their furry friends? If you have some neighbors that you have not met yet or some pups that you think would be great fur-iends with your furbaby, try a meet and greet with the neighbors. Remember the water and poo bags.
Freestyle musical dance with dogs
Turn on the radio and dance. Eventually your dog will join in. Let him do whatever he wants. Don’t try to get him to do any special moves with you. This is freestyle creative dance time. Don’t play the music too loud though. It may scare your pooch and irritate the neighbors.
I rly took dance classes for 16 years just to dance in the kitchen with my dog everyday 🥴 pic.twitter.com/fMCOeEd7Lk— miss Wood River 2013 (@AmeriKen96) July 30, 2019
Go Shopping together at a Dog-friendly Store
If you have a PetSmart or another dog friendly store in or around your neighborhood, take your pooch on a shopping spree. Of course, you don’t have to buy everything that your fur buddy wants. That would be spoiling him. And we don’t want that. Right?
Hold a doggy photoshoot
“Sometimes, little things make a big difference…”— Julie Austin (@jaustinphoto) September 1, 2019
― Nino Varsimashvili pic.twitter.com/M1Efz8jrzS
Throw a Pet BBQ
Since all dogs love meat, go ahead and throw some extra burgers or hot (dogs) on the grill. Just don’t tell them that they are eating dogs. They may not like that. No, they won’t care, meat is meat. Invite your friends to bring their dogs over too and make a party of it.
Are you really a dog mom if you don’t throw a birthday BBQ party for your doggy? pic.twitter.com/kqb7OUr8vs— Khadi Don (@KhadiDon) June 28, 2019
Get a Doggy Massage
Open a Social Media Fanpage
Your dog is a superstar so why doesn’t he have his own social media page? Seriously, have you seen how many Facebook pages for dogs there are? Thousands. Your pup deserves to have one too, right? You can post pics, comments, and invite his fur-iends to like his page.
What is love?🤔— Sir Apollo 🐾 (@crowned_warrior) February 1, 2020
I can’t describe love to you…
So I’ll show you!❤️🐾#dogs #DogsofTwitter pic.twitter.com/PqXxad9nHi
Throw your dog a birthday bash
Is your furbaby’s birthday coming up? Well start making the invitations and send them out so you can celebrate. Whether it is his first or 21st, he deserves a party! Blow up balloons (dogs love them), serve doggy ice cream treats (see number 85), play hide and seek (see number 74), or just let the pups run in the yard. Go Fido! It’s your birthday!
Teach your dog to swim
Although many dogs seem like they were born to swim (some breeds are), there are those who just don’t have a clue. If you know how to swim, you can teach your dog. First, get your dog used to a life jacket. Let him wear it around and house until he loves it. Then, start out in a nice shallow pond or pool. Don’t forget the treats. Once they seem comfortable, you can show him how to doggy paddle.
Create a dog window seat with ramp
Building a ramp is easy. You literally just take a board and lean it against the window seat and attach it with a shelf bracket. You can cover it with carpet or something to help keep your pooch from sliding. Your dog will love it!
Organize a dog walk for charity
This is a fun thing to do that also helps those who need it. No matter what the charity, you and your pooch will have fun anyway. How can you not have fun with a bunch of dogs and their humans? And being out in the fresh air. It is good exercise and fun too. Remember the water and poopy bags.
Take your dog for an annual vet visit
If you haven’t already…. Then treat yourselves to something nice after. You deserve it!
So, here are 104 fun things to do with your dog. Did we miss anything? If so, drop us a comment below so we can add it to the list. You obviously cannot do all of these in one day so we recommend trying a few of them that you think you and your pooch will love and then try a few more, and so on. Always make sure your furbaby is healthy enough to do these activities, of course. If in doubt, talk to your veterinarian. Now go have some fun with your pupster!
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LOVED your list!! And thanks for including Big Box Rex, our Boxer (RIP – now at Rainbow Bridge). We used went to several Bark at the Parks for both Texas Rangers and Frisco Roughriders. The Roughriders were more fun as the “seats” were the hill overlooking the outfield instead of in the uncomfortable stands. Here is another Rex moment — a pure classic with the hotdog vendor! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c423zq5PIOU Enjoy!!