Activities to Try

If you and your dog are getting bored of simply walking around the block each day, there are many fun activities you can do to add a bit of spice.

  1. Swimming – there are plenty of dog friendly beaches in Sydney, and some swimming pools even do special dog days. Get a lifejacket and some floaty toys such as the Amphibious Duck Diver or Wubba, and get in the water!
  2. Running – fitness is as important for your dog’s health as it is for yours, and beginning a fitness plan together can keep you on track and be very rewarding.
  3. Biking – if you struggle to wear your dog out, try riding a bike with them. As long as you make sure to use a spring or special detachable lead hook to attach them, you can really cover the miles.
  4. Rollerblading – this is lots of fun and very impressive if you have some spare time to teach your dog to rollerblade with you safely. You’ll need a bombproof stop command, and ideally go right and go left to avoid embarrassing tangles with passerbys. Use a stretchy leash such as the EzyDog Zero Shock lead to prevent sudden tugs that pull you off your feet.
  5. Circuit training – liven up your training routine by taking your dog along with you. You can even teach them cute tricks like sit ups whilst you do your own.
  6. Dog classes – there are so many options these days that you’re bound to find something to suit you both. Don’t be intimidated, most people are just there with their pets looking to have some fun. See our ‘dog sports’ article for ideas, such as discdogs or doggy dancing.
  7. Ball play – a classic game of fetch is always a favourite, and will have your dog tearing back and forth without you having to move an inch. For something different try the Chuck It Erratic ball or Rogz Asteroids. For dogs that aren’t so keen on a ball, you can use low calorie treats to hurl across the park and have them streak after it.
  8. Indoors – try a doggy treadmill. You can rent time on them at doggy daycare centres or invest in one yourself. Make sure to start slowly and build up their endurance over time.
  9. Train and walk – keep them on their toes and practise your cues as you walk. Randomise your requests and have them listening and waiting for their next task. You’ll need a treat pouch to keep things clean and easy, such as Doog Training Pouch.
  10. Group Outings – the best way to keep you both excited about getting out the house, organise walks with other dog owners in your areas. Being social for the both of you, time will fly.
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