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Just Want To Have Fun!

Dog at beach.

Just like people, dogs need exercise to be healthy.
Exercise keeps a dog's heart, muscles, and bones strong.
Exercise also provides a need for fun. Dogs can get bored just like people.
Playing games, exercising or giving the dog a job to do
will fill up her day so she is less likely to be bored and destructive.

Socializing Your Dog

If you take your new puppy to many places when she is young, she will be more comfortable with people and different environments. This is called 'socializing' your dog. Socializing is fun. It teaches dogs to have good manners when they are with different people at different places. Click on the to explore all of the different ways there are to socialize your dog.

Your dog will probably love to learn tricks. Tricks are fun for your dog and they give you a chance to show off your very smart friend.

Click on the dog to go to our Tricks page where you can find out how to teach your dog tricks, or you can read about the tricks other kids are teaching their dogs.

A Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Obedience Training is a fun activity, and it is also important for all dogs to learn. It teaches your dog that you are in charge and helps her to be a good companion so she is more appreciated by the people who know her.


Collie jumping hurdle.
Most Care and Training Books have chapters describing different Games and how to teach your dog to play them.

Click on the tennis ball Tennis ball. for lots of
Games you can play with your dog!


®Frisbee is fun if your dog can learn to catch it! You can play Frisbee right in your yard and if your dog gets really good, there are competitions you can enter.

Do you want to learn more about ®Frisbee? Click on MaryJo's Frisbee page to open a new window full of Frisbee!

 kong toy with ropekong toyrope toy

 Having toys available for your dog will keep her busy and give her something she enjoys.


Walking the Dog

Taking your dog for a walk will satisfy her need to explore and give her exercise as well.


Two dogs

If you are an experienced dog owner, you'll find that having two dogs is a lot of fun. But this is only for people who can handle the double responsibility! Two dogs can have a lot of fun and get extra exercise by playing together.



Where should you never take a dog?

to a flea market 

Thanks to Joseph, age 8, of Vermont USA for this great riddle!


Want to have more fun with your dog?
Visit Page Two for more activities!

Dog Shows
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Therapy Dogs

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Here are some books to help you have more fun with your dog!
A Dog's Best Friend
A Dog's Best Friend: An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs, by Lisa Rosenthal, Chicago Review Press 1999
This book is for kids ages 9-12 who want to learn how to have fun with their dog and do it with gentleness and respect. It's clear, well-written, and well-organized.

A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do: Dogs at Work, by Marilyn Singer, October 2000

A fascinating look at the work that dogs do, from herding sheep to rescuing lost and injured people. Every dog is born with the ability to do a particular job. Centuries ago, people recognized these natural talents and began using dogs to help them with a variety of chores. Whether hunting and pulling sleds or performing before royalty, these beloved animals have been important workers as well as faithful friends. Best-selling author Marilyn Singer gives young readers an exciting introduction to the many kinds of work that dogs do. This is the ultimate dog book -- a thrilling combination of natural history and the true tales of canine heroes who were just doing their jobs. Ages 9-12

Dogs on the Job

Dogs on the Job, by Christopher Farran, December 1, 2002
Amazing true stories of incredible working dogs!
"Airport Dog" Saves the Day! Wednesday, Dec. 4 -- Naples, FL
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... Jet the airport dog! Southwest Florida International Airport has this energetic Border collie to thank for clearing its runways. Before Jet, there was danger in every takeoff. Large birds roamed the area-midair collisions with planes were inevitable and hazardous. But now those birds know to clear out when they hear Jet coming! This ball of energy help keep everybody safe...
Read more about Jet's amazing exploits and other dogs hard at work in this collection of dramatic true stories by ace reporter Christopher Farran. Ages 9-12

How Smart is Your Dog

How Smart is Your Dog?: 30 Fun Science Activities with Your Pet, by D. Caroline Coile; Sterling; (May 28, 2003)
Your dog will act "smarter" if you know more about how he "thinks." Enter the world of canine senses--how your dog sees, hears, smells, tastes, and touches differently from you, and how a dog's life and aging process differ from yours. You even learn to read your dog's mind-brain function, intelligence, memory, and learning abilities--based on its biological origins. The most fun part is the experiments to test your dog's health, reflexes, vision, and scent; or even trace its behavior back to the wolves that are its ancestors. Grades K-5


Remember: Have fun with your dog!

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