6 Outdoor Activities for Kids and Dogs
By Elizabeth Xu
When the weather’s nice, no one wants to be stuck indoors—especially kids and dogs. Both love to run around, enjoy the sunshine and play endlessly.
As a parent and a dog owner, it can be a little tricky to make both happy. Going to a dog park seems like a simple option, but often, they don’t allow kids. And parks made for kids usually say that dogs aren’t allowed.
Spending time with your kids and dogs as one big pack makes sense. Your dogs are part of your family, after all. More importantly, combining kid and dog activities together can take away any jealously that might occur, says Elisha Stynchula, certified trainer and owner and president of “I Said Sit” School for Dogs in Los Angeles, California.
“I brought home a 9-week-old Belgian Tervuren when my daughter was 4 years old, so I immediately knew I had to find games that would involve both of them,” she says. “They both require a lot of attention, and I wanted to be sure that they grew up enjoying each other, not resenting the other, or with any jealousy.”
So instead of finding separate activities for your kids and pets, try some outdoor activities that will make everyone happy—and ready to sleep come bedtime. Here are some games for dogs to play that kids can enjoy, too.