As we face 2023, many of us are setting resolutions for the year ahead, but why not include your four-legged friend in this year’s goals? There are many fantastic experiences that benefit humans and hounds alike - walking groups, agility training and even scent games.
These activities will create endless opportunities to get outdoors while connecting with other dog owners and physically stimulate your pooch and contribute to their overall well-being. So grab your pup's lead, as this coming year is about making memories together!
1. Turn your dog into a super sniffer
With their incredible sense of smell, dogs have always been fantastic at detecting what's happening around them. Sniffing isn’t just a nifty trick; it also provides essential mental stimulation. So why not give your pup the gift of exploration and let those superpowers shine?
Unleash your pup's detective skills by introducing them to Scent Training & Nose Work. With just a few basic tools you can find around the home, you can start honing their sense of smell immediately. From simple "find it" games up to competitive trial-level scent detection competitions - how far you take it is entirely up to you.
2. Get involved in CaniSports
If you’d like to get in better shape this year, your pup could be the perfect partner. CaniCross is a popular European sport that combines cross-country running with a harnessed dog walk. Over time, new adventure activities have evolved under the CaniSport umbrella, such as biking (Bikejor) and canine-pulled scootering.
CaniSports offers an exhilarating experience for both pup and partner, but if you're just getting started, CaniCross training is the perfect introduction. From a walking pace to jogging or full-on running - this dynamic duo activity can be tailored to your comfort level while leaving plenty of room to improve. Unleash your canine companion's potential and find a new sport you’ll both enjoy!
3. Trick training at home
Trick training is a great activity to try that doesn’t involve any special equipment. Training games are the perfect way to strengthen the bond between people and their pets. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Nose touch – great for getting a dog’s attention in any situation.
- Back up – ideal for getting your dog away from an object.
- Leg weave - no real purpose, but a great party trick!
4. Agility courses
Looking to keep the bond between you and your pup strong? Try agility training! It's a great way for you both to have fun while learning new skills. Dogs can participate in this structured yet enjoyable discipline regardless of size or age. Courses are designed with safety in mind so that all furry friends can start on beginner-level obstacles and progress as they’re ready.
Experienced trainers at an agility club will make sure every hound is challenged appropriately based on their individual skill set along with guidance from their handlers – and who knows, maybe it could blossom into something much more serious if it sparks your interest.
5. Watch out Scruffts
If you're looking for a two-in-one experience of show training and socialisation, then why not consider a companion show or ringcraft club? Whether you're an experienced handler or just starting out, these clubs all across the country provide great opportunities to bond with your canine companion while learning essential skills. It's not only one step towards success in the show ring - it's also part of building lasting memories together!
Whatever 2023 has in store for you, bring your pup along for the ride - you won’t regret it.