- Run, Spot, Run!
This summer, find a safe, open area like a fenced-in yard or pet park and let your furry friend really, really run!
- Play with UFOs.
You might call them Frisbees, but your dog thinks of them as Uncommonly Fun Objects (UFOs).
- Go to school.
Pet obedience school, that is. This is an active, healthy way to learn how to work well together.
- Share the love.
Did you know that pets help people heal!? Maybe you could get permission to take your dog or cat to a hospital or nursing care facility near you. You’ll make new friends, and the folks there will get some extra love.
- Play games.
Fetch is fun for Fido! So are Hide-n-Seek, Find the Bone, and Follow the Leader.
Yarn balls are great for Tabby! So are Feather-on-a-Stick, Mouse-on-a-String, and Chase the Laser Light!
- Take a 4-legged hiking trek.
Forget the sidewalk and head into nature! Des Moines is loaded with hiking, biking, and walking trails that are pet-friendly (just remember to take supplies to clean up if your four-legged hiking partner makes a mess during your hike).
- Form a K-9 drill team.
March and dance with your pets. They will love trying to keep up with you (and you will both get a great workout)!
- Open a paper bag.
Cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets … they all love to play with a crinkly paper bag. Just open it up on the floor and watch the fun!
- Head to the swimmin’ hole.
See if your parents know someone near Des Moines who has a farm pond on their property (we bet they do). Then head over for a good ol’ fashioned swim with your pooch.
- Test your American Ninja doggie!
Set up a homemade tunnel, balance beam, jump, and platform in your backyard or playground. Other kids and pets will come running to join in the fun!
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