15 Fun Dog Activities to Try This Weekend

Stuck in a rut with the same old walk around the block? Well, it’s time to shake things up and give your furry friend the weekend they deserve. Trust me, your pup is probably just as bored as you are with the usual routine.

But don’t worry, I’ve got your back (and your dog’s tail) covered. I’ve rounded up 15 awesome activities that’ll have both you and your four-legged buddy grinning from ear to ear. From backyard adventures to doggy day trips, there’s something here for every pup personality.

Backyard Agility Course

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Turn your yard into a doggy obstacle course. Use hula hoops, cardboard boxes, and garden stakes to create jumps and tunnels. Guide your pup through the course with treats. This activity is great for exercise and mental stimulation. Plus, it’s hilarious to watch your dog figure it out!

Doggy Ice Cream Party

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Make some dog-safe ice cream using plain yogurt, peanut butter, and mashed banana. Freeze it in small portions. Invite some doggy friends over for a puppy ice cream social. It’s a cool treat for hot days and a fun way for dogs to socialize.

Snuffle Mat Treasure Hunt

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Hide treats in a snuffle mat or scatter them in the grass. Let your dog use their nose to find the goodies. This taps into their natural foraging instincts. It’s a great way to keep them busy and mentally engaged. You can even make your own snuffle mat with an old towel and some kibble.

Paddle Boarding with Your Pup

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If you live near water, try paddle boarding with your dog. Start in calm water and make sure your dog wears a life jacket. It’s a great way to enjoy nature together. Plus, it’s excellent exercise for both of you. Just be prepared to get wet when your dog inevitably decides to shake!

Doggy Photo Shoot

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Set up a fun backyard backdrop or find a pretty spot in nature. Grab some props like bandanas or funny hats. Have a photoshoot with your pup as the star. You’ll get some great pics for social media. Plus, it’s a fun bonding activity that can result in frame-worthy memories.

Canine Spa Day

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Give your dog the full spa treatment at home. Start with a relaxing bath using dog-safe shampoo. Follow up with a gentle brush and maybe even a doggy massage. Finish with a paw moisturizing treatment. Your pup will feel pampered, and you’ll have a clean, sweet-smelling dog.

Doggy Dancing

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Put on some music and have a dance party with your pup. Guide them to stand on their hind legs and “dance” with you. Twirl them around gently or let them jump up for doggy high-fives. It’s great exercise and guaranteed to make you both laugh. Just watch out for your toes!

Teach a New Trick

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Dedicate some time to teaching your dog a new trick. Try something fun like “play dead” or “bring me a beer” (using a fake can, of course). Use positive reinforcement with lots of treats and praise. It’s a great mental workout for your dog and can be hilarious once they get it right.

Bubble Chase

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Get a bubble machine or some dog-safe bubbles. Let it rip in your backyard and watch your dog go crazy trying to catch them. It’s hilarious to watch and great exercise for your pup. Some dogs even like to eat the bubbles, so make sure they’re pet-safe.

Doggy Food Truck Tour

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Look up pet-friendly food trucks in your area. Take your pup on a food truck tour, sampling (human) treats along the way. Bring some dog treats too so your furry friend doesn’t feel left out. It’s a fun way to explore your city and spend time together.

Dig Pit Adventure

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If your dog loves to dig, set up a designated digging area in your yard. Fill a kiddie pool or sandbox with dirt or sand. Bury some toys for them to find. This gives them a safe place to indulge their digging instincts without ruining your garden.

Canine Camping Trip

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Pack up your tent and take your dog camping for the weekend. Choose a pet-friendly campsite. Go on hikes, swim in lakes, and roast marshmallows by the fire (but don’t share with your pup). It’s a great way to bond and enjoy nature together.

Pup-sicle Making Party

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Make frozen treats for your dog using broth, peanut butter, or pureed fruits. Freeze them in ice cube trays or popsicle molds. Let your dog enjoy these cool treats on a hot day. It’s fun to make and even more fun for your dog to eat.

Doggy Sports Day

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Organize a doggy sports day with friends and their pets. Set up events like fastest recall, best trick, or silliest sit. Give out funny awards like “Wiggliest Butt” or “Most Enthusiastic Barker”. It’s a great way for dogs to socialize and for you to meet other pet parents.

Scent Work Game

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Hide treats or toys around your house or yard. Teach your dog to find them using their nose. Start easy and gradually make it harder. This taps into their natural hunting instincts. It’s mentally stimulating and can keep them busy for hours.

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