While being a dog owner can be a hobby itself, it can be fun to find new activities that incorporate the love of your pooch. Many of these hobbies can be done with your dog, giving you more time to bond and have fun together.
What dog doesn’t like a long walk? Hiking can be a great (and healthy) hobby for you and your pup. But before you go climbing up any mountains, you need to assess your dog’s leash behavior. If you’re still working on training, now may not be the time to jump right into what may become a dangerous experience for you and your pup. It’s also important to ensure that your dog comes to you when called, just in case you need to drop the leash to catch your balance. One final note is, make sure you pack enough food and water for both you and your dog. Dehydration can happen dangerously fast in the right conditions, so you want to make sure both of you have the nutrition you need to make it through the hike.
Start a Dog Instagram
Dog parents are always showing off pictures to others, so why not make it a hobby? Dog Instagram accounts are becoming more and more popular. If you have a pooch with a big personality (or one that’s just very photogenic) share them with the world. Don’t forget your own custom hashtag to drive traction and encourage your followers to join in on the conversation.
If you own a larger breed, bikejoring may be the hobby for you. Bikejoring consists of riding a bike with a dog pulling you along. Think of it as dogsledding, but instead of a sled, you are on a bike. The best dogs for this type of exercise are those that are high-energy and, most importantly, leash trained. Once you decide your pup is a fit, bikejoring could become the perfect way to tire out your dog and get some fun exercise yourself.
If you are itching to participate in a competitive sport with your high-energy dog, Flyball involves two teams that race in a relay-style game of fetch. A ball is projected over several jumps, and a dog must race to retrieve it and bring it back. Flyball is open to all dogs, making it an excellent choice for energetic smaller breeds.
If you aren’t the active outdoors type, you can still have a dog-centric hobby. Baking homemade dog treats are an excellent way to spoil your pup. There are countless recipes out there from creative biscuits to Fido-friendly meals. If you are the creative type, you could turn your hobby into a small business and sell your treats!
No matter what hobby you choose, the important part is spending quality time with your dog. So, get out there and find an activity you both enjoy!