Top 10 Things to Do with Your Dog in 2015

We’ve compiled a list of activities for you to enjoy, with your dog this year; including special events in our area, and easy,┬ádaily activities that are guaranteed to bring you and your dog closer together!

Get busy and get ready to have a fun year ahead of you!

  1. Play! All dogs love it, and it provides an outlet for energy release. Try to set aside minimally, a few minutes everyday to play with your dog. It can be as simple as fetch, tug, or throwing a ball in the back yard. If you have more time, we’ve got some great suggestions below.
  2. Explore Dupage Forest Preserves when the weather calls you outdoors. We are lucky to live near this fantastic system of parks, many of which have off-leash areas for dogs. Check out our list of Off Lease Dog Parks, in the area and find out which provides the best experience for your and your pooch!
  3. Take your dog to a Sox game! The Chicago White Sox have two “dog day” dates for the 2015 season, Monday, April 28,and Monday, September 8. Take your dog to the game and you can both socialize and enjoy all the experience has to offer. There will be no fireworks on these dates out of consideration for sensitive dog-ears.
  4. Head to Montrose Dog Beach on a hot summer day, where you can let your dog run free, or keep them on the leash. Mingle with other dogs and owners, and plunge into the lake to refresh. Relax, throw a frisbee and enjoy a picnic with you and your pup!
  5. Check out Dog Days at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. This a great local event where dog lovers and their companions are invited to the park for a full day of dog centered activities including: agility demonstrations, vendors, pet play areas, and tons more games and fun to enjoy! This is a once a year event, not to be missed! It will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015.
  6. Bake homemade treats for your pooch. It could be their birthday, adoption date, a holiday, or an everyday celebration. It will save you money and your dog will love them. Check out our recipe’s, for holiday treats, that are tasty all year round!
  7. Re-evaluate your dogs diet. Work with your vet if you have questions or concerns and find the food that is best for your dog. Nutritional needs change depending on your dog’s age, size, and activity level so it’s important to make sure your dog is getting adequate nutrition to stay strong and healthy.
  8. Talk to your dog. Okay, they may not understand your every word, but dogs do enjoy the sound of their owner’s voice. Talking to your dog makes them feel involved and important.
  9. Find the “spot”. You’ll know it when you find it, scratch often and you’re dog will be in heaven
  10. Show your pet pride! When you’re proud of your dog you should let them know, but let others know too. Work on their behavior and when you feel they’re reading bring your dog into public places. You’ll both have fun, but it also allows people the opportunity to observe and reflect on the rewards of dog ownership and having a great canine companion.

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Happy Sypke by MJK23 is licensed under CC by 2.0.