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8 Fun Things to do With Your Pet in the New Year

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
3 months ago

So it’s a new year.  A chance to “start over,” make (or break) resolutions, work toward new goals, and try some new experiences.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons with your fur-friend this year, we have compiled some ideas for you.

  1. Take a vacation with the dogs

Next time you go on vacation, think about taking your dog with you.  An increasing number of hotels and vacation spots are now dog-friendly.  To find dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, activities, and attractions, check out DogFriendly before booking your reservations.

BringFido is another helpful resource if you are looking for hotels, restaurants, dog-related events, activities, and services.

  1. Teach your dog to play Frisbee

If your dog already knows how to play “fetch,” it shouldn’t be a struggle to advance to Frisbee.  Some dogs play for the fun while others, known as disc dogs, play for competition.

If your pooch is inclined to pursue a serious Frisbee training program, make sure to check with your vet first to ensure he is not at increased risk of injury.  Frisbee training involves a lot of jumping.

In the event of an injury, a PetFirst insurance policy can help to cover the cost of your dog’s treatment. Get a quote today.

Additionally, if you have a dog who is a chewer, you want to make sure you pick up a durable dog Frisbee.  You can find an assortment of dog Frisbees on Amazon.

  1. Make a Facebook page for your pet

Why not showcase your fur friend’s cuteness this year?  Make a Facebook fan page or an Instagram account for your pet and watch the fans grow.  Just make sure to update it regularly!

  1. Take a hike!

Hiking is a great way to bond with your dog, get some exercise, and see some amazing sights.  No matter what your fitness level, there are trails out there for you and your pooch.

BringFido lists the top dog friendly hiking trails worldwide and marks them by difficulty.

Whether you are a skilled hiker or a newbie, the key to a successful hiking adventure is being prepared.  It’s a good idea to arm yourself with some knowledge before hitting the trail.

  1. Teach your dog a new trick

Contrary to the old adage, dogs of any age CAN learn new tricks!  So why not make this the year you teach your pup that fun trick you always meant to teach him but didn’t get around to?

You and your dog will enjoy spending time together and you will keep his mind sharp by challenging him to learn something new.

  1. Take your dog to the beach

Who doesn’t love going to the beach?  Your pooch would love to relax and romp at the beach just as much as you do.  

So why not find a dog-friendly beach for a day trip or a weekend getaway?  If your dog is not a practiced swimmer, make sure to keep him on a leash.  You can both splash around and have fun in the shallow water while still making sure your pet is safe.

Be sure to find a beach that does allow dogs and remember to obey the beach rules.

  1. Take your pooch out for frozen yogurt

Although feeding ice cream to your dog is likely to cause stomach upset, frozen yogurt contains less lactose and is easier for dogs to digest.  Just make sure it does not contain xylitol.

Several frozen yogurt shops (including those listed below) serve dogs.

So when the weather warms up, research dog-friendly fro-yo shops.  You and your pup are sure to enjoy a tasty outing.

  1. Consider becoming a certified therapy dog and handler team

If your dog has a calm demeanor, is well-behaved around other people and dogs, and follows commands, you may want to look into getting him certified as a therapy dog.

Certified therapy dogs (with their handlers) go to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other events where they calm and comfort people in need.

Wherever 2019 takes you, make sure to spend quality time with your pet.  His favorite time is time spent with you no matter what the activity!

Guest Blogger: Lauren Lee

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