Activity Ideas for Your Dogs

by 55+ Active Adult Community -Founders' Ridge 05/12/2019

Many behavior problems in a dog are as a result of boredom and excessive energy, which is justifiable because this animal is supposed to be physically active. Some owners breed domestic dogs for specific purposes like protection, farming, hunting, etc. On the other hand, wild dogs are more active because they only hunt and scavenge for food.

Whether dogs are helping us at home or hunting for their food, we should be aware of the fact that physical exercise keeps their brains and bodies active. Therefore, a practical way to enrich the life of your dog is engaging them in physical and mental practices. In addition to that, your dog benefits a lot when you spend quality time together. Here are some fun activities that will keep your dog active mentally and physically:

Get moving 

You should never disregard the significance of taking a good walk or jog with your dog. Walking and jogging are beneficial to your dog in that it gives him or her the privilege to explore the world. To ensure your dog benefits a lot from this, take different routes when jogging and visit new places as much as possible. 

Games to play

Games are an opportunity to enhance the relationship between you and your dog. However, it is essential to play games that will be enjoyable and safe for both of you. An example of some games that will exercise your dog's body as well as the dog's ability to chase, search, and grab are:

  • Tug-of-war. The tug-of-war is a game that you can use to engage your dog in a rewarding physical activity while at the same time teaching the dog some vital lessons. This game will allow you to train your dog on how to listen to you when it is excited and so on.
  • Fetch. Teaching your dog how to fetch is also a significant advantage. Your dog needs to exert a lot of physical effort to carry out this game. It can be used to teach your dog how to pick and drop things at a particular location. It's also a perfect way to train your dog on how to find hidden items.

Your dog is a special member of your family; so it’s imperative you’re mindful of his or her physical state. The weekend is almost here, take your dog to the nearby park for a stroll or fun game of fetch.

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55+ Active Adult Community -Founders' Ridge

Set on a picturesque hill and centrally located in the desirable Westfield Section of Middletown, Founders’ Ridge is a New 55+ Condominium Community of up to 75 Ranch and Cape Style detached homes.  Named for the Founding Fathers and Mothers of Middletown, each model bears the name of one of our town’s founders – The Allen, The Martin, The Cornwell, and The Whitmore to name a few. 


Attractively priced from $289,900.00, our homes range from approximately 1200 Sq. Ft. to 2250 Sq. Ft.  Our models offer 2 – 4 bedrooms, attached 2 car garages, natural gas heat and AC, city water and sewer and all underground utilities.  Standard features include wood kitchens with granite tops, stainless steel appliances, tiled laundry and baths, hardwood in living areas, paver patios or decks, paved driveways and professional landscaping.
Founders’ Ridge offers a unique agreement with adjacent Ascentria Care’s Luther Ridge, private apartment living for residents age 62+.  Residents of our community have access to meeting and game rooms, and even dining opportunities (for a small fee) all of which are accessed via quiet, peaceful walking trials connecting both communities.


Centrally located on the Connecticut River, the City of Middletown boasts amenities for any lifestyle.  Residents may take advantage of The Institute for Lifelong Learning at Wesleyan University as well as various other university community activities.  The active Middlesex Historical Society offers additional programs such as museum exhibits, walking tours, and re-enactments among its many events.  Wadsworth Mansion offers a summer concert series and our river and parks offer a wonderful opportunity to explore the outdoors.  Also located in the downtown area is Middlesex Hospital, affiliated with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Middlesex offers quality medical care and world class technology.  


We would be remiss if we did not mention our thriving Main Street, famous for award winning cuisine at over 30 restaurant locations, and a Downtown Business District boasting over 40 shops for unique purchases and window shopping and a calendar full of events, performances and more.  Don’t forget about the newly opened RJ Julia & Wesleyan Bookstore alive with frequent happenings and book signings by famous authors.  Our community truly offers something for everyone!