Humans and dogs love routines. Having a set schedule helps you cut down on the details and decisions you need to think about throughout the day. This preserves your mental energy for more important tasks. The set schedule gives your dog confidence and security.
Getting stuck in a routine can be detrimental, though. One day blends into the next, you develop more stress, creativity wanes, and you become less productive. Your dog becomes so dependent on their schedule that any diversion is stressful.
By adding a little daily adventure into you and your pup’s day, you can shake up the routine and keep both of you mentally healthy.
Walk Somewhere New
Do your daily walks consist of walking around the neighborhood? Why not change up the routine and go to your local dog-friendly state park, beach, lakefront, or anywhere else that welcomes dogs. This will give your dog a whole new world of smells to experience. You’ll have the benefit of new scenery to enjoy.
If you live in a more urban area, then you can take advantage of the many dog-friendly bars and restaurants popping up. Look for a place with an outdoor patio area so you can enjoy the weather while you eat. Some places even have a dog menu, so your pup can enjoy his own delicacy.
Check out the festivals that are happening in your area. You could attend a dog-themed one or just any dog-friendly event. Just be sure your dog is ready to face large numbers of people and lots of walking. If this isn’t an issue, you could try a food truck fair or festival that celebrates the local food, art, or culture.
Did you know that several retail stores welcome dogs? Why not bring your furry friend along on your next shopping trip? Just be sure to bring your leash along, most stores require one.
- Home Depot
- Abercrombie and Fitch
- The Apple Store
- Pottery Barn
- Barnes & Noble
- The Gap
- Old Navy
This is just a small list to help you get started. Call ahead and confirm with a retailer near you, if the answer is yes, then enjoy a day of shopping with your furry friend.
Check your local baseball stadium’s event schedule. Most of them have a dog day. Throw on a harness and Shorti leash and head out for a day at the ballpark.
Outdoor Movie Night
As the weather gets warmer, keep an eye out for outdoor movie nights. All you need is a comfy blanket and some refreshments for you and your pup. Bonus points if you find a dog-themed movie.
Look for a yoga class that welcomes dogs. This is the perfect low-key adventure for the low energy or senior dog in your life. Don’t worry if your pup isn’t a total yogi, if you approach the class with an open mind and a sense of humor, you’ll get something out of it.
Try an Agility Class
Do you have a wicked smart pup that’s always getting into everything? Give him a challenge by taking him to an agility course. You’ll learn some valuable training techniques, and they’ll get the mental stimulation they crave.
Embrace the Little Adventures
Not all adventures need to be epic life-changing excursions. Embrace these little adventures in you and your pup’s life to stay mentally charged.
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