Top Fun Activities for Enrichment and Bonding with Your Dog

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Tetiana Zhudyk

Welcoming a new puppy or dog into your home is an exciting and heartwarming experience. Beyond the cuddles and playtime, it's essential to engage your furry friend in activities that not only provide mental and physical stimulation but also strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion.

In this article, we'll explore top fun and bonding activities designed to enrich the lives of dogs with low, medium, and high activity levels, fostering a deeper connection between you and your canine companion.

Dogs With Low Activity Levels

Usually represented by such breeds as French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Chow Chows, Shih Tzus, and others. Or simply the ones that prefer to lie on the couch than run around playing Fetch.

Despite their low-energy nature, it’s crucial to keep them stimulated and entertained.

Here’s the list of fun activities for such a dog:

1. Gentle Nature Sniffy Walks

  • Take strolls in serene environments to stimulate your low-energy pup without overwhelming them.

  • Allow your dog to explore at their own pace, stopping to sniff and enjoy the surroundings.

2. Mindful Treat Hunt

  • Hide treats in a designated area and encourage your dog to find them using their sense of smell.

  • This low-key activity engages their brain and provides a subtle physical challenge.

3. Cozy Indoor Play

  • Engage in light indoor play with soft toys or gentle tug-of-war sessions to keep your dog entertained.

  • This helps strengthen the bond without putting too much strain on their energy levels.

Dogs With Medium Activity Levels

These dogs prefer to lie on the couch and occasionally run around playing games, mostly the ones they truly enjoy. Usually, this type is represented by such breeds as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Shiba Inus, Dachshunds, and others.

It's crucial to maintain enough physical and mental activities for dogs with medium energy levels to ensure their overall well-being, prevent boredom, and foster a happy, balanced lifestyle.

Here’s the list of fun activities for such a dog:

1. Interactive Fetch

  • Incorporate variations in fetch by using different toys and changing the throwing distance.

  • This keeps your medium-energy dog engaged and provides a good balance of mental and physical exercise.

2. Obstacle Course Adventures

  • Set up a moderate-level obstacle course in your backyard, incorporating tunnels, jumps*, and weave poles.

  • Guiding your dog through the course promotes agility and provides a stimulating challenge.

*Make sure that your dog is old enough to jump and doesn’t have any health issues.

3. Hide-and-Seek

  • Dogs love this game, as children do!

  • Find a perfect hiding spot, and tell your dog to Sit and Wait. After, invite them to seek you out. Reward if successful. You can help them find you with your voice and other sounds.

Here you will find the full instructions.

You can also combine this game with more obedience commands and fun tricks (see in the Woofz app) to enhance mental stimulation and bonding.

Dogs With High Activity Levels

These dogs are adventurous and lively pets, full of energy and a need to exercise both physically and mentally. Usually, this type is represented by such breeds as American Pit Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Border Collies, Beagles, and others.

It's crucial to provide regular and varied outlets for physical and mental stimulation for these dogs to keep them engaged and promote a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle.

Here’s the list of fun activities for such a dog:

1. Energetic Fetch and Retrieval

  • Opt for longer sessions of fetch in spacious areas, incorporating sprints and challenging retrieves.

  • High-energy dogs thrive on intense physical activity, making this an ideal way to bond.

2. Agility Training

  • Enroll your dog in agility classes or set up an agility course in your backyard.

  • Such dogs excel in activities that demand both mental focus and physical exertion.

3. Canine Sports

  • Explore activities like flyball, dock diving, or disc dog competitions.

  • These sports cater to high-energy dogs, offering a platform for them to showcase their athleticism.

4. Engage in nose work

  • A top-notch mental workout for high-energy dogs.

  • It's a convenient and enjoyable activity that can be easily done at home.

Bonding Activities for All Breeds

Basic Obedience Training

Teaching commands to your pooch is not only a great way to prevent bad behavior but also to stimulate them mentally and foster a true connection. The key is to stay patient and loving, even if your dog doesn’t get everything from the start.

Start with the basics:

Name, Look, Sit, Down, Come, Leave it, Drop it, Place, Stay (Wait), Off. The instructions for these commands can be found in the “command” tab in the Woofz app.

Leisurely Walks

Enjoy calm, leisurely walks in your neighborhood or a nearby park. Allowing your dog to explore, sniff, and take in the surroundings at their own pace.

Cuddling and Relaxation

Set aside dedicated time for cuddling and relaxation, whether it's on the couch or during bedtime. This fosters a sense of security and strengthens the emotional connection between you and your dog.

Interactive Playtime

Engage in interactive play with toys like balls, frisbees, or soft plushies. Tailor the intensity of play to your dog's energy level, ensuring a fun experience.

Explore Together

Take your dog to different places to explore them together. Experiencing new sights and smells strengthens your bond as you share exciting adventures.

Doggy Massage

Doggy Massage is a great way to enhance your canine companion's well-being, promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and strengthening the bond between you and your furry friend. Check the Wellbeing section in the Woofz app for massage techniques.

Play Dates with Other Dogs

Arrange playdates with other friendly dogs to provide socialization opportunities. Positive interactions with fellow canines contribute to a well-rounded and socially adept dog

Self-Entertaining Activities for All Breeds

Treat-Filled Toys and Puzzle Games

Provide mental stimulation with treat-filled Kong toys and puzzle games that challenge your dog's problem-solving skills and keep them busy.


These are special bowls (with patterns inside that turn mealtime into a fun puzzle) that make your dog eat more slowly. Eating slowly is good for your dog's tummy as it promotes better digestion and helps prevent various health problems.

Chew Toys and Dental Chews

Introduce durable chew toys and dental chews to keep your dog entertained while promoting oral health. Chewing helps alleviate stress and anxiety, making it a self-soothing activity for your furry companion.

Sensory Garden Exploration

Create a sensory garden in your backyard with different textures, plants, and safe elements for your dog to explore. Allowing them to engage their senses through sniffing and interacting with the garden provides both mental and sensory enrichment.

Frozen Treat Dispensers

Freeze a mixture of dog-friendly treats and water in treat dispensers or ice trays.

The challenge of licking and chewing the frozen treats not only keeps your dog occupied but also provides a refreshing and rewarding activity, especially during warmer months.

Wrap Up

Incorporating these doggy games into your daily routine not only provides entertainment for your furry friend but also contributes to their overall well-being and development. Remember to be patient, use positive reinforcement, and, most importantly, have fun bonding with your adorable canine companion.

Written by

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Tetiana Zhudyk

Woofz Content Manager with a deep passion for dogs and a strong affinity for positive reinforcement training methods.

Reviewed by

Ela Brumm

A certified dog trainer with a background in Behavior Science, Canine psychology, and Pet First Aid Safety