How to Have Fun with Your Dog

Dogs are amazing creatures that bring so much joy into our lives. But sometimes, it can be hard to know how to have fun with them. If you're feeling stuck in a rut, don't worry - we've got you covered! In this blog post, we'll share some fun and easy ideas for how to spend time with your furry friend.

  1. **Play fetch**

Fetch is a classic game that dogs of all ages love. To play, simply throw the object and encourage your dog to chase after it. When they bring it back to you, give them a treat or some praise. Check out our new FAVORITE fetch toy - the Loop & Launch! Chuck & I had a blast with this toy - and BONUS - MAINE MADE!!!  We love supporting other Maine businesses and the Loop & Launch is made in Biddeford!

  1. **Go for a walk**

Walks are not only a great way to get some exercise, but they're also a great way to bond with your dog. If you live in an area with a lot of parks or trails, try taking your dog on a new route each time you go for a walk. There are so many fantastic hiking trails in our areas in this beautiful state. Some of our favorites are Beech Hill & Erickson Preserves in Rockport. What is your favorite area to hike with your dog? And don't forget to make them carry their own supplies :) You can use the Ruffwear Switchback for that!

  1. **Have a picnic**

Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. Pack a lunch, find a shady spot under a tree, and let your dog run around and explore. Just be sure to bring plenty of water, treats (we can help you with that one!) and clean-up supplies. The Ruffwear Roamer Leash is PERFECT for keeping them close while keeping your hands free!

  1. **Go swimming**

If you have access to a pool or beach, swimming is a great way to cool off on a hot day. Just be sure to keep an eye on your dog at all times and make sure they're not getting too tired. I love to throw a life jacket on Kevin the Pug and put him on the paddleboard with me - it’s a fun activity for both of us! If you need a life jacket, we have you covered!

  1. **Play tug-of-war**

Tug-of-war is a fun and interactive game that dogs of all ages love. Simply tie a rope to a toy and let your dog pull on the other end. When they pull it away from you, give them a treat or some praise. The Knots of Fun Tug Toy is one of our favorites!

These are just a few ideas for how to have fun with your dog. The possibilities are endless! Just use your imagination and have some fun with your furry friend.


* Be sure to supervise your dog at all times, especially when playing with toys or near water.

* If your dog is new to a particular activity, start slowly and gradually increase the difficulty as they get more comfortable.

* Be patient and don't get discouraged if your dog doesn't seem to be enjoying themselves at first. Just keep trying different things and eventually you'll find something that they love.

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