Spring Bucket List

Spring is here and it's time to get outside with your pup! Do you have a spring bucket list of things to try with your dog? We love encouraging you with different training ideas and activities that you can do with your pet. We want to be sure that no matter what, we continue to try new things. This gives you a chance to dive in and practice your dog's obedience skills. It also gives you a chance to spring into action and build your relationship with your pet. Map it out and create a game plan!

bucket list playing fetch with your pup

Safety First

Things to keep in mind when doing activities with your pup is safety. When you are taking your dog out you want to be sure that you are taking them in controlled settings. Dogs need to be on leash or receptive to e collar corrections and off-leash reliability. The other animals that may be around your dog need to also be under control either on leash or have e collar reliability. The behaviors of other dogs need to be either predictable or controlled in a safe manner. Do not count on the other owners doing the right thing, not all owners realize the risks of bringing an aggressive dog to a dog park or an off leash setting. Don't put your dog in those situations to be at risk of a dog fight, or uncontrolled setting. There are plenty of safe alternatives to an uncontrolled setting. Here's a spring bucket list to help build your bond with your dog in a safe manner.

A Breath of Fresh Air

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Trying new things can be fun! Here's a list of things to do with your pup that gets you out and enjoying the sunshine with your dog.

  • Pack Walks!This is a great way to get out with your dog, meet other dog people, and enjoy some fresh air with your dog. As a bonus you are able to spend time with your K9 Heights family in a structured and safe environment!! Pack walks are free and held at pet friendly parks in the Metro Detroit area once a month.
  • Pet Friendly Festivals and Events are great leashed events you can take your dog to, work with them on their obedience skills, being polite and practicing good manners. You can enjoy pet friendly events such as art fairs or outdoor markets having them practice waiting to be greeted and not pulling, lunging or sniffing everything you pass.
  • Take a Class such as dock diving, agility, barn hunt or rally. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Give you and your dog the chance to be mentally engaged and learn something new. 
  • Vacation with your dog at pet friendly places, even take your dog out on the boat with you or camping. Look for pet friendly camp grounds, hotels, or take your dog to a lake! Some downtime and fresh air with your dog is always relaxing. Why go on vacation unless the whole family can come?
  • Go Swimming or take them to a dog friendly beach on a long line or your waterproof e collar, play fetch in the water or let them simply relax and cool off
  • Hiking and Walks at Pet Friendly Metro and State Parks Find a trail for you and Fido to explore and see where it takes you. It's exercise for you both and a great intentional way of spending time with your dog.
Two dogs enjoying time on their boat crossing off their bucket list

Photo Credit: @ChronicallyPersevering

Spring into Action

The important part is to stay active. Don't let fear of doing something new keep you inside. Take advantage of your alumni classes at the very least to help stay brushed up on your obedience skills. 

Remember Safety First! Don't assume every dog in public is friendly and don't let other dogs barge in on your dog. Controlled settings are for you and other dog's safety. When you are taking your dog out you want to be sure that you are taking them in controlled settings. Dogs need to be on leash or receptive to e collar corrections and off-leash reliability. The other animals that may be around your dog need to also be under control either on leash or have e collar reliability. 

You can be safe, adventurous and have fun. There are plenty of options. Do you have any recommendations of pet friendly places to take your pet? We'd love to hear what's on your spring bucket list! Share you and your dog's adventures with K9 Heights!

Holly is K9 Heights Marketing and Administrative Coordinator, USA Archery 2017 National Women's coach of the year, and was a competitive archer who trained for the 2012 Olympics. When her health no longer allowed her to compete she was introduced to K9 Heights because she needed a service dog. Since being paired with Nissu, Holly and Nissu have grown as a team. While working with K9 Heights as a client, Holly learned so much, and quickly realized K9 Heights training philosophy aligned with much of her own coaching philosophy. After seeing the impact that having a well trained dog had on a persons life first hand, it led Holly to want to be more involved with our program and help other people create those meaningful relationships with their dog too.

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