Puppies are such a lot of fun! I know that they can be destructive, and they take a whole lot of work, but some of the best times in my life have involved having puppies, and finding fun things to do with them. Puppies are amazing!
Playing with puppies isn’t just fun – it’s also a great way for you to stay physically and mentally healthy. It’s very important for puppies to have a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it has to be “go, go, go” all the time – puppies need nap time too. So here are 5 fun things to do with puppies, and once you’ve done a few of them, it’s just fine if you want to go indoors and snuggle up to watch television.
Take your puppy out for a walk along the beach, to the dog park, or just through the neighborhood. Don’t feel that you have to keep him on a close lead all the time – let him smell things, jump off the curb and back up again, and check pee mail. If he encounters other people, encourage a visit if those people are willing.
Keep the walks a bit short, though – usually, about 15 minutes is best for a puppy under the age of 6 months. Also, don’t let him run much – his little bones and joints aren’t ready for a whole lot of vigorous activity.
All little ones love to play hide and seek, and canine little ones are no different from human little ones in this regard. So, have a buddy hold your puppy, and then go hide. Then call him, and let him come and find you. This is one of the most fun things to do with puppies!
You can switch it up a bit too, if you have to play alone. Put your puppy in one room, and hide a treat in another. Then let him sniff it out. He’ll love this game!
All dogs love to play fetch, and you can do it anywhere – in the park, on the beach or in your own backyard. You can even do it in the house, if you like. I’d advise against throwing sticks, though, since they can be a bit rough on a puppy’s mouth.
There aren’t too many dogs that don’t love water, and water exercise provides a wonderful low-impact workout that’s easy on a puppy’s developing joints. Just make sure early on that you use a life vest – it’s a common misconception that dogs naturally know how to swim. They actually don’t, and a puppy can drown if he’s not supported in the water.
Bring floatable toys, and toss them out in the water for your puppy to retrieve. If it looks like he’s getting tired, though, stop.
It’s also not a good idea to let a puppy play in the ocean or in a fast-flowing river. They can get caught up in the water and swept out just as easily as a human can.
One of the most fun things to do with puppies is to teach them tricks. It gives them a physical and mental workout, and the satisfaction of learning something new. Don’t force the issue, though – if your puppy isn’t catching on to what you’re trying to teach him, you don’t want him to become frustrated, so try something else. This isn’t just “learning time”; it’s “bonding time,” so make it fun and rewarding.
There are so many fun things to do with puppies. What have you done with yours? Leave a comment!