Fun activities for you and your dog in 2023

December 14, 2022

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The post Christmas lull can be boring for both us and our dogs, so we thought we would try and inspire you with a list of dog friendly activities to try with your dog this winter and spring

Activities don’t need to be expensive or complicated, but variety is an important way of keeping your dog alert and mentally engaged so here’s our list to get you started!

10 things to do with your dog in 2023

  1. Agility classes are a great way of providing stimulation and exercise, especially for younger dogs and more active breeds. Why not look for a class in your area?
  2. If agility is not your thing you could try heelwork to music, doggie paddle-boarding or even DOGA for the more relaxed canine companions.
  3. Visit a dog friendly beach. Lots of beaches are open to dogs during the winter months. Where better to blow off those cobwebs?
  4. Enjoy a fun swim at a Hydrotherapy pool. This may be particularly useful for older dogs, who would benefit from some gentle exercise and physiotherapy.
  5. Visit a dog friendly stately park or property.
  6. If your dog enjoys a walk around town, lots of Cambridge shops and cafes now welcome well behaved dogs.
  7. Less well behaved or confident dogs may enjoy a visit to a secure dog field, allowing off lead fun with no risk of escape or tricky encounters.
  8. Enrich your dog’s environment by scatter feeding dry food or investing in a Kong or lick-mat to make mealtimes more interesting.
  9. Take your dog visiting. If they are no longer up for long walks then popping to see a dog welcoming friend provides them with a change of scene.
  10. Teach your dog a new trick. Mental simulation is just as important as physical.

There are many different activities and places to visit with your dog, some of which are even free. Trying new challenges such as dog agility, paddle boarding or DOGA can really help stimulate your dog’s mind and body, and never underestimate the benefits of a change of scene.


Check your pet’s health

If you have an older pet or one who struggles with strenuous activity there may still be ways to adapt the activities to suit them. If your pet is a little older or has any ongoing health conditions, and you are unsure as to whether a new activity will be suitable, feel free to give us a call and check or to arrange a check-up with one of our vets or nurses

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