How to Have More Fun with Your Dog

How to Have More Fun with Your Dog

Posted Jul 2, 2019 in Fun Dog Stuff

Sometimes thinking of fun new things to do with your canine companion can be hard. So, to keep your furry friend sharp and stimulated, here are some fun ideas that you can bond over with your pup.

Explore a New Walking Route

Exploring new trails and routes with your furry friend is excellent for stimulating them mentally and physically. Your dog gets to take in new scents and sights, while still getting in their daily exercise.

Waihe’e Ridge Trail is a great place to take Fido where you can climb through the clouds, keeping the area a bit cooler. Every half mile you’ll find a posted distance marker to keep track of how far you’ve come. This isn’t a loop trail though so it’s important to remember however far you come you’ll also have to do that back.

Waihou Spring Trail is a bit easier with having a much flatter surface throughout your hike, which for any beginner dog hikers is probably where you’ll want to start. It’s also a loop trail which is a plus and not usually too busy if you just want a quiet walk with your dog.

Kahakapao Loop Trail is a busier trail in Maui if you want to work on your dog’s social abilities, test out his obedience, and prefer more company when hiking. For those extra hot days, this trail is also pretty much completely shaded.

The Ualakaa Trail takes you through a short loop of forestry with beautiful views of the southern Oahu shoreline.

The Kuliouou Ridge Hiking Trail is also very popular among dog owners. This bath is a bit more rugged but leads you through hills that surround the city.

Muanawili Falls Hiking Trail is also a great path that goes through tropical greenery, across several streams, leading to a gorgeous waterfall.

Visit a Dog-Friendly Beach

Hawaii definitely isn’t lacking on beautiful beaches, but of all of them which are dog-friendly?

Ali’I Kahekili Nui Ahumanu Beach Park also known as Kehekili Beach, Airport Beach and North Ka’anapali Beach is a lively golden beach enjoyed by many. If you have a pup that loves to swim, this is the place for you. Most days, you’ll catch people snorkeling, canoeing, and paddle boarding.

Oneloa Beach also known as Ironwood Beach is more of a secluded beach if you want a more relaxed environment with fewer distractions. The waves can get a bit high here sometimes so make sure to be careful and keep an eye on Fido.

Kapalua Bay Beach has gorgeous views that make it perfect for a stroll along the shore. This beach does have a lot of reefs though that protect it from big waves and strong currents. Because of this though you’ll probably want to keep your furry friend from going out too far in the water.

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu is right on the Honolulu city shoreline and offers several dog-friendly areas.

Kailua Beach in Kailua provides beaches of soft white sand with a 2-mile shoreline that many dog lovers take their pups on.

Kalapaki Beach in Lihue is dog-friendly and even has a dog park extension, Freddie’s Dog Park.

Play Hide & Go Seek

Get your pup’s brain really running by hiding treats around the house that they have to seek out.

  1. First show your four-legged friend the type of treat(s) you’re hiding.
  2. Then put them in another room while you strategically hide different treats in easy and difficult areas.
  3. Once you’re done, allow your dog to seek out their prizes.

If your pup seems to be having a tough time, you can try to give them hints. Lead them in the general direction of the hidden surprise. This is an excellent way to get your pup mentally stimulated.

Teach Your Pup a New Trick

Refreshing your canine’s training skills while teaching them some new ones is a great way to get their brain active. Your furry friend loves to learn and make you happy. So successfully learning new tricks is the perfect activity for them. You can teach them “play dead,” “roll over,” to bark on command, to “spin,” and so much more. If you put the work in, you can master dozens of tricks with your pup.

Whatever you decide to do will be worth it because your canine companion will enjoy getting to spend that extra quality time with you.

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