April is Active Dog Month

With longer and warmer days, it’s time to get outside with our furry friends! Embrace the outdoors with your dog by trying new activities, such as discovering a different neighborhood or hiking trail, teaching a fresh trick in the open air, playing hide and seek, or engaging in some playful digging. Here are a few ideas to kick off your outdoor adventures. Socialize with us on Instagram and Facebook for more outdoor ideas this month.

Try a new route

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or just looking to shake up your routine, hitting a new trail can be a refreshing change of scenery. Our area is full of hiking opportunities. If you’re not into hikes, Ellensburg has walking loops waiting to be discovered. Lace up your shoes, check out these maps from the Parks & Recreation Department, and enjoy a change of scenery. Who knows, you might stumble upon hidden gems that will make your walk truly unforgettable. So, step out of your comfort zone, breathe in the fresh air, and let the exploration begin!

Stop and smell the…whatever your dog is interested in

Allow your furry friend to take the lead on your next walk by embarking on a “sniffari.” Instead of focusing solely on the physical aspect of the walk, consider it as a sensory adventure for your dog. Use a long lead and let them explore the scents of the world around them, reveling in the joy they experience with each sniff. This simple shift in perspective can turn a routine walk into an enriching and engaging experience for both you and your canine companion.

Play or Train outdoors

Engaging in outdoor play or training sessions can be a fantastic way to bond with your furry friend while keeping them mentally and physically stimulated. Whether it’s practicing new tricks, playing fetch, or enjoying a game of tug-of-war, the fresh air and open space can bring a whole new level of excitement to your usual routine. Plus, the change of scenery can provide a welcome break from the usual indoor environment and offer new challenges for both you and your dog to conquer together. So, grab your pup’s favorite toy or training treats, head outside, and have a paw-some time together!

Socialize with us on Instagram and Facebook for more outdoor ideas this month.