10 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog
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Explore your local lakes by kayak. As you get a nice arm, back and core workout, you and your pet can enjoy the scenic views and water creatures. Fido may be nervous the first time, so break him in slowly, but he'll be captain of the kayak in no time.
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This may take some practice, but dogs who've caught waves keep diving back in for more. It's fun to watch your dog try something different...and the wipe-outs are entertaining too. After a few waves, go relax while Fido plays in the sand. For step-by-step training tips, check out So Cal Surf Dogs.
Sign Up for a Dog-Friendly Event
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Lace up, leash up, and hit the ground running. There are numerous dog-friendly events for all running levels. Dog-friendly races are a great way to socialize Fido, get a good workout, and meet other dog people.
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing)
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Spend the afternoon SUPing as your pooch lounges in the sun. He may not be able to paddle, but he'll love the fact that he's with you.
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Your dog LOVES to be with you and is sad when you leave him home to hit the gym. Next time you go workout, bring Fido along. He'll love the attention and may even help motivate you to work harder. Try to keep up with your pup as you do sprint intervals, or every time you do a sit-up, give him a kiss.
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Doga, an increasingly popular yoga trend, utilizes many of the traditional hatha yoga poses with modifications that incorporate your four-legged friend. From gentle stretches to dog massages, practicing with your pup is not only soothing, but also a great bonding experience.
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Hiking with your dog is a great bonding experience. As you take in the scenic views, Fido gets to sniff all sorts of exotic smells.
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Sandy paws equal happy dogs, so let Fido sniff, run, and frolic at a dog beach. You can play a game of fetch, go swimming, meet new dogs, or soak up the sun—it's definitely a fun and inexpensive active way to spend the day.
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Have an adventurous weekend getaway with the family, and Fido by your side. From coastal views to historic campsites, these 10 campgrounds offer great hiking trails and are dog-friendly.
Play a Game
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Whether you want to play fetch, follow the leader or hide and seek, games help you train your dog in a fun way. Not only do they improve communication between you and your pooch, they also help to build a strong, respectful relationship. Plus Fido gets to exercise, both mentally and physically, and socialize.