Like many people, I started some unhealthy habits during the COVID-19 pandemic and struggled to get back to a healthy lifestyle. These unhealthy decisions were negatively impacting my ability to enjoy the outdoors with my Beagle, Peter. One day, I was talking to my sister and expressed how overwhelmed I was with my health challenges. Because I’m a dog trainer, I relate just about everything to dog training, even the challenges I experience in life! With my sister’s support and encouragement, I began to look at my behavior and found that I gave myself little to no reinforcement for healthy choices.
How could I look at my own behavior through my dog training lens? How could I effectively reward myself for healthy choices? Find out in “How to Build a Healthy Lifestyle through Positive Reinforcement”!
In the summer of 2020, a good friend suggested that I create an award program through Outdoor Dog specifically for children. We both had realized how hard the COVID-19 pandemic was on children. Giving kids something fun to do with their dogs might be beneficial to their physical and mental health. Through that conversation, Adventure Puppy was born!
Adventure Puppy was created to provide fun titling opportunities for kids. Outdoor Dog couldn’t stop there though! The program is also geared towards puppies, who often cannot participate in other dog sports until they are older. After developing the program, it was too much fun to only allow kids and pups to participate. Although the program is geared towards human and canine youth, anyone of any age can join in the fun!
The program includes three unique titling categories: Jolly Pup, Pioneer Pup, and Studious Pup.
Jolly Pup is all about having fun! If you like playing games or providing enrichment activities to your dog, Jolly Pup is for you! Participants can earn awards by logging their fun activities such as toy play, food puzzles/toys, the Indoor Dog enrichment activities and more!
Pioneer Pup is for those who are explorers at heart! Similar to the regular Outdoor Dog titles, participants can submit their fun outdoor adventures to earn awards. Age-appropriate walks, hikes, water play, exploratory sniff time, and more count towards your Pioneer Pup titles.
Love to learn? At Outdoor Dog, we do too! That’s why Studious Pup has been included in the Adventure Puppy titling program. Participants can earn awards by reading books, attending courses, and even having a dog training session!
Join the Fun!
For more information about Adventure Puppy and to join the fun, check out the Outdoor Dog Facebook Group for the guidelines (in the files section). I cannot wait to hear about your Adventure Puppy experiences!
At Outdoor Dog, we all love to be outside with our canine companions. Sometimes bad weather or health concerns prevent us from enjoying our favorite activities in nature. The Indoor Dog YouTube series provides fun games to play with your Outdoor Dog when you are unable to go outside. Visit our YouTube channel and try these creative games with your dog today! Remember to subscribe to the channel to keep up-to-date on all the exciting, new content!