Britain is a nation of dog lovers and as such, it is unsurprising that many of us lavish our time, energy and money on our canine best friends. It’s important to remember though that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun with your dog! Below we list 5 ways in which you can spend quality time together, in addition to the usual walks and cuddles, without breaking the bank. 5
1. Turn everyday items into dog toys
One man’s trash is his dog’s treasure! Why not have a sort out and see if you have anything that could be made into a game for you and your dog to play? For example, an old muffin tray can be made into a fun treat finding competition, by placing tennis balls in the cups. Check out this great article from Country Living Magazine which gives instructions on how to make some fantastic DIY dog toys. Always ensure that any materials are safe for your dog and that play is fully supervised. Enjoy – what could be more fun than a free game of Tug-O-War?
2. Make your pooch Instagram famous
Everybody nowadays seems to be ‘chasing the gram’, so why not your pooch? Creating your dog’s very own Instagram account is a fun way to spend time together. Posting photos is a great way to share what you love about your dog with others. We’re sure that your best friend will not protest too much about going on doggy adventures in beautiful locations and being snapped enjoying their favourite tasty treats. Insta-famous dogs such as Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund even have their own merchandise and some get paid for creating content for brands.
3. Visit historical sites
Why not learn about the past with your favourite pooch? A search on the English Heritage website reveals 70 free, dog-friendly places to visit including the fantastic Beeston Castle which is under 50 minutes drive from Sale and well worth a visit.The National Trust is also keen to welcome more dog walkers and has fabulous local places such as Dunham Massey where your dog can run free in the North Park but must be on a lead in the deer park or a little further afield is Formby, one of the few places without seasonal restrictions on dog access. With hundreds of acres of woodland and a sandy beach that stretches for miles, it is the perfect place to walk your dog this Springtime.
4. Spare 2 minutes to help
Why not make a difference with your dog and help rid your favourite beautiful places of litter and plastic pollution? Take your dog on a lovely walk and spare just a few moments of your time to do a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutelitterpick. Small acts such as this make a big difference when everyone gets involved!
5. Have a four-legged friend to stay
If your dog is sociable and loves to play but you just can’t commit to owning a second one, there is a Barking Mad solution! Barking Mad Wilmslow & South Manchester, a service which arranges holiday care, is searching for more dog lovers to offer a temporary holiday home to friendly dogs. Host families care for dogs in their own homes, at a time to suit them, with 24/7 support and administration and insurance taken care of.
Lynn Chipperfield of Barking Mad Wilmslow & South Manchester said:
“Caring for a holidaying dog is a fantastic experience, not only for the human host, but also for their resident dog! We have many host families with a dog of their own and they just love having a new friend to play with.”
If you feel that your dog would love to have a temporary playmate, Barking Mad can be contacted on 0161 850 9878 or[email protected] for more information.
Barking Mad is part of the Franchise Brands plc group of companies and is the UK’s favourite dog holiday company, as verified by TrustPilot. Contact Barking Mad at www.barkingmad.uk.com to find your dog’s home from home today