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Top 10 Favorite Ways to Spend Time with Your Dog

Everyone has their favorite hobbies, but there’s a simple way to make them 100 times better… bring your dog! We asked the Big Barker Community about their favorite ways to spend time with their pups and we got some great responses. Check out the top 10 ways to spend time with your dog — is yours on here? 

1. Hikes & Long Walks

Going on a Hike

We’re thrilled to see hikes and long walks at the top of the list. We know there are so many benefits to a daily walk for humans, but did you know that a stroll can have some dogs feeling 70% happier and 93% less stressed? If your dog has joint issues, like hip dysplasia and doesn’t benefit from walks, take a look at these low impact exercises perfectly suited to dogs with joint issues.  

 

2. Naps

Napping on Big Barker Bed

Naps are a great way for you and your dog to relax together. We know it’s really important to have a bed that supports you and your pup, since there can be lots of benefits that come from an orthopedic bed

 

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3. Adventures on the Beach

 Day on the Beach

The beach can be a great place to run around with your pup or to enjoy laying in the sand. Plus, there are lots of benefits to going to the beach, such as the salt air helping you and your pup’s respiratory systems. There are some important things to keep in mind before heading to the beach, for example, you’ll want to make sure the beach is dog-friendly.

 

4. Playing Fetch

Playing Fetch

Fetch is a great activity for your pup to get some exercise and have fun too! Did you know that fetch can actually help dogs improve their manners and bond with their owners. There are lots of other benefits too.

 

5. Swimming

Dog Swimming

Swimming is a great low impact exercise that can help your dog get moving without causing much pain to their joints, especially if they have joint issues. According to Dr. Sarah Wooten, when a dog swims, they are supported by buoyancy and then they are getting the exercise and the motion as well.

 

6. Puzzles & Games

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment activities are a great way for your pup to keep their minds sharp and for you to have some fun with your pup. We have lots of fun games suggestions for dogs of all ages. Some fun games include, playing with snuffle mats, obstacle courses, or puzzle toys.

 

7. Going to the Dog Park

Dog at Park

The dog park is a great place for your pup to socialize with other people and dogs too! Plus you and your pup can get out some extra energy running around, playing fetch, or long walks around the park.

 

8. Cuddles

Cuddling on Big Barker Bed

Need we say more? :) 

 

9. Playing with Other Dogs

Dogs

Playing with other dogs is great for your pup’s socialization and comes with many benefits. Some of the most common benefits are that your pup is much more accustomed to different situations, promotes the confidence of your pup, and promotes a healthier life. Plus you get to pet more dogs too!

 

10. All the Time!

Dog on Big Barker Bed 

 

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Abby Roche

Social Media Associate