Written by Dr Kate Mornement, Animal Behaviourist
After a busy week of work it’s no wonder we all look forward to the weekend. They’re an ideal time to spend some quality time with your puppy. If you’re short on ideas of what to do, here’s our top three things to do with your puppy over a weekend:
1. Head to a dog friendly café
Dog friendly cafes have exploded in popularity in recent years. With so many dog friendly cafes to choose from, going out for coffee doesn’t mean you need to leave your pooch at home all alone. Why not bring your puppy with you? They can enjoy a nice puppychino and treat while you have a latte and brunch. Many dog friendly cafes also offer a menus specifically designed for dogs.
You can search for “dog friendly cafes” online to find one in your local area.
2. Go on an adventure walk together
There are some amazing places you can take your puppy for a walk or adventure. From beaches, to forests, to rivers, we’re really spoilt for choice. Some national parks even allow dogs in some areas if they’re on lead. Google “dog friendly walks (and your location)” to find popular places that allow dogs in your local area. Check out websites like All Trails, which provides a comprehensive list of the most popular dog walks in Australia. Be mindful not to over-exercise or exhaust your puppy. Short walks are best for younger or smaller puppies. Ensure you take plenty of water too!
3. Training or socialisation classes
One of the most important and beneficial things you can do with your puppy on the weekend, particularly during their first year of life, is to take them to regular training and socialisation classes.
These classes are generally offered after your puppy has completed Puppy School and help your puppy learn good behaviour and how to interact appropriately with other dogs. These skills are important for your puppy throughout its adult life. Participating in these activities can help to avoid the development of behavioural problems as your puppy matures. They also help to ensure your puppy grows into a well-adjusted, well-behaved and social adult dog.