Some people say the night is dark and full of terrors, but I say it’s the perfect time to do fun and relaxing stuff with your dog! Dogs are awesome companions, and they love hanging out even when it’s pitch black outside.
That’s why nighttime is the right time—to go for a walk, make dinner together, read a book out loud, or even do some strenuous physical activity. The list goes on and on.
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So what are you waiting for? Get started with these 10 fun activities to enjoy with your canine buddy at night:
Best Things to do With Your Dog at Night Outside?
1. Try a New Trail
Want to try something new with your dog? Try a new trail you think your dog might like. Trails are great for dogs who like to explore and sniff, as well as those that want to run and maybe even swim!
2. Have Your Dog Join You in Yoga or Pilates
Yoga and pilates are a great way to relax, de-stress and improve your mental health. They also help you become more flexible and improve your balance, which is good for both humans and dogs.
If you’re not into yoga or pilates yourself, then why not do it with your dog? It may seem strange at first but it can be a great bonding experience! You could even treat this as an opportunity to practice some of the techniques alone before trying them out with your pet.
3. Visit a Dog Park in the Evening
Dog parks are a great place to socialize your dog and meet other like-minded people. If you go at night, you can meet a whole new group of dog owners, trainers, and paid dog walkers. It’s a fun way to get to know people who love dogs just as much as you do!
4. Dog Walks at Night with a Flashlight
If you live in an area where it’s safe to walk your dog at night, this can be a fun way for both of you to get exercise without having to worry about sunburn or heat exhaustion. You can also use the flashlight to help your dog find things in the dark — like poop!
5. Work on Some Impressive Tricks Together
You and your dog have a lot to offer each other. You’re probably already aware of the fact that dogs are natural-born performers, but training them to do tricks is a great way to bond with your dog.
6. Have a Doggie Backyard BBQ
You’re in the mood to have a party, but you don’t want to worry about cleaning up after everyone leaves. Why not do it outside? You can host a backyard BBQ with your dog and set up some fun games and activities that will keep everyone entertained. Your dog will love running around in their favorite place while you get to spend time with friends or family—this is one of the best ways to relax after work!
Best Things to do With Your Dog at Night Inside?
7. Read a Mystery Novel or Thriller Out Loud to Your Dog
You can read a book to your dog, and it doesn’t have to be just for kids. You can choose adult books that have nothing but words—no pictures! Reading an entire novel out loud will take up some time in the evening, but it’s worth it if you’re both enjoying yourselves. Try reading something with a lot of suspense, like a murder mystery or thriller. If you have an older dog who is starting to lose vision or hearing capabilities as they age, read aloud from favorite children’s picture books which are easier to follow.
8. Watch Movies Together on the Couch
How about a movie night? You can watch movies online, on a laptop or tablet, or from your phone. Or you can stream them to your TV with an HDMI cable.
9. Go to a Pet Café
Pet cafes are a great way to spend time with your dog, especially if you live in a city where you don’t have access to dog parks or other outdoor activities. To find pet cafes, do a simple internet search. You’ll likely see several results pop up near you.
10. Make Pupcakes and Celebrate
If you have a dog, you know that every day is a special occasion. There are so many reasons to celebrate with your pup! Make your next celebration even more delicious by making one of these pupcake (individual cupcakes for dogs) recipes for your dog:
- Banana Pumpkin Pupcake
- Peanut Butter Banana Pupcake
- Apple Oatmeal Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
There are so many fun things to do at night with your dog. Try a new activity today or plan an evening of entertainment for the next time you want to get out of the house after dark.
As always, be sure that both you and your pup stay safe in your nighttime adventures!