When the weather's nice, there's nothing better than sitting on the porch or working around the yard with the dogs.
With a human outdoors, my dogs are much more energized and excited to play with each other, or even to explore things on their own and be active by themselves. Just like kids, they seem to enjoy having a human watching.
It's also just nice to enjoy the sun, watch the birds, and relax together.
Miraculously, I have also found that Fozzie and Sandy can have some utility around the yard.
A dog who likes to dig is generally not a gardener's friend, but what about a dog who digs only when and where the human is digging too?
Fozzie, believe it or not, generally adheres to this guideline. Of course he loves to dig--most dogs do--but doing it as part of a game that I'm getting into makes it even better.
Good thing he has no idea he's being useful.
A less helpful habit involves sticking a certain little head deep into a bucket containing bare-root plants for transplanting, and strewing those plants about the yard.
I guess I couldn't complain, since they'd just helped me dig all those nice holes.
What are your dogs' favorite yard activities?
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