Dog activities are many, which is good news because dogs like things to do, and some need tasks & jobs more than others to keep them busy, happy and active. Many dog activities enable dogs to socialise with other dogs - always important; and give you the chance to get fitter & meet people too! Problems can arise with behaviour & stressed out dogs when they are bored - so it's worth finding some activities you & your dog really enjoy - they can strengthen the bond between you both, too.
This is HUGE fun. Doyle & I go to a dog agility class every weekend, and we practice at home in the garden using an assortment of home-made jumps & weaving stuff during the week. He loves jumping, and it's great to see the progress we've made since we started. I don't think we'll ever be at Crufts standard, but I'm hoping to do a fun dog show agility class this year just to see how we get on. There are a couple of sites relating to dog agility, namely Agility Net(click here to find a dog agility clubin your area) & Agility Bits
Fostering can be very rewarding work as you take in a rescue dog who - for various reasons - isn't doing well in kennels and look after him or her until they find a home. Fostering can be a very short term thing - taking in a dog for a couple of nights until there's a spot for him in kennels - or a longer one. Your dog will need to be the welcoming, fairly unflustered sort who is happy to welcome strangers into his home. Many dog charities (but not all) need fosterers, and they also find them invaluble into giving insights into how the dog behaves, responds & his needs, likes, dislikes & wants. The Dog Rescue Directory have a huge number of dog charities listed on their site, and it's fantastic for routing out the smaller dog charities near you