Fun Games to Play with Your Dog this Summer

Play with Your Dog: Leaving your dog alone at home can make it susceptible to loneliness and fatigue. However, after being alone for so long, your dog deserves some extra love and care. There’s no better way to spend quality time with your dog than by playing some fun games with him.

So without further ado, make the most of sunny days and create precious memories with your furry friend by playing the following games:


Playing Frisbee is an excellent way to keep your best bud physically and mentally fit. Dogs love fetching things, hence, Frisbee is one of the most exciting games you can play with your dog. Above all, you can play this game anywhere, be it the beach, your backyard or a nearby park.

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek has been every kid’s favorite game. Similarly, you can play it with your dog as it does not require any extra toys or accessories. Your dog is likely to enjoy playing hide and seek even if you hide in the same spots every time. You can also reward your dog with its favorite treats when it finds you.

Tug of War

Playing tug of war with your dog can be a bit boring. However, you can spice it up using a new toy for your dog to pull during the game. If your dog is confused, you will have to train him on how to play this game. However, do not forget to set some rules for this game. For example, stop the game if your dog starts chewing the toy.

Retrieval Games

Playing a game that requires fetching an item is a great way to keep your dog healthy. Also, it can be mentally stimulating for your dog and improve its behavior and overall personality. As a result, playing a retrieval game will help strengthen your bond with your dog.

Dog Yoga (Doga)

The word ‘doga’ refers to performing yoga with a dog. You may prefer doing yoga alone at home; however, doing yoga with your dog outdoors is therapeutic for you and your dog. Your dog may consider it as another game or physical activity to enjoy. Not to mention, yoga can help you relax and improve your breathing, body posture, and overall mental health.

Dog-Safe Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is not just every child’s favorite game but dogs love chasing bubbles as well! It is a simple and affordable way to keep your pet entertained for hours. You won’t need to worry about buying something expensive or luxurious to make your dog smile.

Use a Flirt Pole

If you want to improve your dog’s mental and physical health without stepping out of your home, getting a flirt pole is a perfect idea. The flirt pole, also known as the flirt stick, had a rope attached to its end. Once your dog notices it, he will want to chase it. Also, it will help your dog learn basic impulse control on your command.

Agility Course

You can create an agility course for your dog using household items, such as boxes, chairs, balls, poles, inflatable pools, and tubes. Next, let your dog jump over these items to engage in a physically challenging activity. Agility courses help improve dogs’ focus and overall physical health.

Scavenger Hunt

If your dog is always craving mentally stimulating tasks, it will love playing scavenger hunt. You can leave some clues for your dog to search the hidden treats. Once your dog becomes familiar with this game, you can increase its difficulty level by hiding the treats throughout your house.

Use a Digging Box

Dogs love to dig the ground when feeling bored. Therefore, you can use a digging box to let it dig inside the box. If you can’t find a digging box at a dog store, you can use a wooden box and fill it up with sand to provide a similar experience to your dog. However, this toy can instantly turn into a litter box if your dog starts defecating inside. Therefore, you need to train your dog on how to play with a digging box. Also, you can add a lid on top of the digging box to ensure that it doesn’t appeal to the rest of your pets at home.

Water Games

Taking your dog to a local beach will help it explore new places and outdoor activities. It can be an excellent idea if your dog loves swimming. You can also bring some floating toys for your dog to make the most of the beach trip. However, if you can’t take your dog to a beach, consider playing water games in your backyard. Place an inflatable pool in your backyard and fill it up with water. Add three to four floating toys inside the pool. Lay your dog inside the pool, and you’re done! Your dog will be happy swimming in the pool with the floating toys around it. In addition, you can play pool fetch with your dog in the same setup. It’s up to you whether you want to jump inside the pool or stand outside while playing this game. First, you can stand by the edge of the pool to throw a ball inside. Next, let your canine friend jump into the pool to grab the ball. Similarly, you can command your dog to bring the ball back to you to continue the game.

Your dog will be grateful to you for introducing it to the abovementioned games. However, you don’t need to go the extra mile to create fun activities for your dog anymore. It is best to add a leash to your dog’s collar while stepping outdoors. You can count on PUCCI Café to buy high-quality dog accessories. Visit our online store to get your hands on dog essentials from the comfort of your home.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

Here are a some adoptions for consideration: