We spoke to vets, dog behaviour experts and dog owners across the UK, to compile the Bucket List and managed to detail a variety of experiences from the lavish (having a personal kennel), to the loving (appearing in the family portrait), to the more unusual (being a ring bearer at a wedding).
Janet Connor, former Managing Director at MORE TH>N said:
“Being a responsible pet owner isn’t just about making sure your dog is fed the correct food and exercised regularly – it’s also about providing them with life experiences, having fun and sharing quality time with them. By unveiling the ‘Bucket List for Dogs’, we believe it will help pet owners strengthen the already solid bonds they have with their beloved pets.”
|1. Flop down in front of a roaring fire||2. Go for a swim in the sea||3. Go mad in the snow|
|4. Do the ‘Beethoven shake’ and soak everyone around you||5. Dig up a flower bed||6. Have your own spot on the sofa|
|7. Accompany your owner on a run/cycle ride||8. Attend a family picnic||9. Help your owner bag a date|
|10. Cheer your owner up when they are down||11. Visit a different continent||12. Roll around in a really stinky, muddy puddle|
|13. Ruin a pair of slippers or shoes||14. Sleep in your owner’s bed||15. Wake your owner up with a big wet, stinky kiss|
|16. Chase a cat during a dream||17. Learn another language (so you understand the word for ‘sit’ in at least two languages)||18. Join in a football game in the park|
|19. Meet a famous dog (such as Pudsey)||20. Try your paws at dancing||21. Learn to speak English (or at least convince your owner you can howl words)|
|22. Get filthy within 30 minutes of a bath||23. Howl along to your favourite song||24. Ride in an open top car|
|25. Learn to skateboard||26. Have a personalised Christmas stocking||27. Show the postman who’s boss|
|28. Try to follow a squirrel up a tree||29. Be a ring bearer at a wedding||30. Go to work with your owner|
|31. Have your own social media page (Facebook/Twitter)||32. Bound through a forest||33. Have a personalised Kennel|
|34. Go on a boat and get your sea legs||35. Play Frisbee on the beach||36. Receive your own birthday card|
|37. Steal someone’s lunch when they’re not looking||38. Create a diversion and steal another dog’s dinner||39. Watch an entire episode of ‘The Washing Machine’|
|40. Eat doggy ice cream||41. Receive a doggy birthday cake||42. Run a doggy marathon|
|43. Rip the stuffing out of a pillow or cushion||44. Unwrap Birthday presents||45. Watch Lassie on TV|
|46. Be in a family portrait||47. Have a stand off with your own reflection||48. Have a favourite local pub|
|49. Star in a YouTube video||50. Sleep in a boutique dog hotel|
Once we completed the list we set about asking dog owners which of the 50 things their pets have partaken. 7% of British dogs have completed the full Bucket List with the most common canine experiences including going mad in the snow (46.5%), going for a swim in the sea (39%) and ‘doing the Beethoven shake and soaking everyone around you’ (33%).
Our in-land areas are home to the most quest-driven pups, as more dogs in the West Midlands have completed the list than any others (11%). East Anglian are close at their heels (10%), followed by canines in the Capital (9%).
Going some way to explaining why so many British dogs remain so un-enlightened, the new data also reveals why our pets might not have had the chance to carry out some of the exciting canine capers on our list. Two reasons were cited more than any others - owners admitting to not thinking about doing such things with their dogs and claiming that they were ‘unaware of where, or how, to do them’.
With that in mind we've embarked on a crusade partnering with Visit England, Scotland and Wales to create an online guide that highlights the many dog-friendly places across the UK where the top 10 outdoor activities on the Bucket List can be fulfilled.
Talking about the campaign and the research findings, TV vet Marc Abraham said, “Make no mistake about it, we’re undoubtedly a nation of dog lovers but it seems a lot of owners have become stuck in a rut. Taking our dogs on morning and evening walks during the week and out to a park at the weekend has become the crux of what we do. Understanding and appreciating the many different things you can do with your dog will greatly enrich both your four-legged friends, and you.”
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