Activities to Keep Your Dog Busy in the Spring

outdoor activities you can do with your dog in the spring

Spring Time Fun With Your Dog

For those who live in chillier places whenever the winter hits, you’re not the only one glum about the poor weather outside. Your dog is just as eager for the snow to go away, so they can frolic out in the grass once more. Just like your kids, you’re probably just as eager to let your dog expend some energy outside. So, once spring finally hits, you may wonder just what sort of activities you can introduce to your dog that will make them happy and release some of that inexhaustible energy. Here are some fun dog activity ideas:

1. Swimming

Once the water is warm enough, you can take your entire family out to the local lake, pond, or pool. Some dog breeds really love playing in the water. You can toss a ball off of the shore and watch them happily swim after it and return right back to you. Not only is swimming an excellent way for both you and your dog to stay in shape, but it also makes sure that they stay cool no matter how much they’re running around.

2. Gardening

With spring comes the inevitable gardening overhaul. However, your dog can actually be a bit of help. If you have a lot of weeds or old plants that need to be removed, then let your dog follow its instincts and just dig. You can encourage this digging by placing treats just beneath the soil for them to find. You can kick back and let your beloved furry friend do most of the digging for you. Just be sure to clean their paws and nails with some high-quality dog grooming products afterward to ensure they don’t track anything inside the house.

3. Painting

For those who are a bit artsier, one of the coolest projects you can do with your dog is to paint with them! By using dog-friendly paints, you can cover their paws with it and let them track all over a canvas. From there, you can let your creativity flow. Together, you and your dog can make a great masterpiece.

4. Hiking

Dogs love to go for walks, and larger dogs especially love the challenge of a hike. If you have a local area with a scenic view, take your dog out while you get your own exercise in! Always bring water for yourself and your dog, and go slowly at first to see how much your dog can handle. If you live in a big city, and can’t get to a hiking trail, take your furry friend to a dog park to run and play with other dogs.

5. Good Grooming

After spending time outdoors, you should give your pooch a good grooming. With the right natural dog shampoo and conditioner – as well as some sturdy scissors or clippers – you can remove your dog’s winter coat and have them shiny and sleek for the spring. Considering that the end of spring always brings with it warmer weather, your dogs who have a lot of fur will be quite grateful for the extra ability to breathe and remain cool. If you’re not sure how to do this, it may be worth it to invest in the services of a professional groomer.

The spring is a great time to spend outdoors with your best friend. With these ideas in mind, you’re sure to have many new adventures with your dog that will be memorable.