How do you like to spend time with your dog? For most of us, quality time with our four-legged friends means going on brisk walks and taking trips to the park, as well as playing games of fetch and chase-the-laser-pointer.

But there's a lot more that you can do with your dog, particularly if you don't mind putting in a bit of work to train up your pup for the activities.

For example, Bill Lambert, health and breeder service manager for the Kennel Club, says: "Dog agility is becoming more popular. That is a show-jumping course for dogs. There has been great increase in that activity over recent years. What has really hit the headlines on recent occasions is dancing with dogs."

Other options include tracking trials and flyball - a combination of hurdle-jumping and fetch - as well as Canicross, a running event where your pup is tethered to you and you run cross-country together.

Of course, spending time with your pet doesn't have to mean being sporty. Many people enjoy camping with their canines or spending a day at the seaside together.

Mr Lambert says that the key is choosing the right type of dog for your lifestyle. "The fantastic thing about dogs is there is a huge variety of dogs available and one to suit every type of lifestyle," he says.

"One of the things that the Kennel Club is keen to do is promote responsible ownership," he adds, explaining that too many people choose the wrong breed and end up having to rehome the pet because they don't have the energy, time or even the right type of house to cope with it.

Besides choosing the right breed of dog for your lifestyle, it's also important to ensure that your pet's diet is right for the activities you plan to do together.

Fiona Campbell, head nutritionist at Burns Pet Nutrition, explains: "You'll always need to have a nice, fit, healthy dog before you start doing [an activity together]".

She recommends getting dietary and health advice from your veterinarian. Opting for a premium dog food or the raw food diet will certainly benefit your pet, no matter what activities you decide to take part in.

Written by: Hannah