Spring Activities for Your Dog
Spring is upon us in most areas and that means we are saying goodbye to cold, dreary days and welcoming in warm, sunny weather. For many of us, Spring starts with an annual spring break trip. If you’re planning your Spring Break family vacation you’ll want to make sure you include your furry family member, he’s probably just as excited as you are to get out of the house for an adventure. If you are looking for a few dog friendly idea, we’ve compiled a few for you and your best friend.
Go on a Road Trip
Road trips have become more popular than ever and are a great way to safely get out of your area and have an adventure. Road trips also make it very easy to bring your favorite four legged family member along for the fun. Just make sure your dog enjoys the car and is car ride ready, bring some treats to make it a fun adventure for both. If you are interested in learning more about safe pet travel, check out our article here: Safe Car Travel With Your Dog. Have a plan before hitting the road, depending on the length of your trip you’ll want to consider planning for a dog-friendly hotel or camp ground, restaurants, national parks and other dog safe activities. A little planning can go a long way in making a trip fun and relaxing.
Don’t forget to pack for you dog as well, you’ll need to make sure you have enough of their food and medication to last the entire trip, you can’t risk changing their diet or routine during a new adventure. Exploring new places can be exciting for dogs, but it can also be stressful. Take it slow and let them enjoy the adventure, pretty soon you’ll find you’re having just as much fun.
If your spring break has you staying local trying a new hiking trail or visiting a national park near by could be just the thing you need for a little adventure. Hiking is a great activity to bring your dog along, dogs love to explore the great outdoors. A simple change of scenery can provide for great mental stimulation as he explores the new sights, smells and sounds outside. Hiking is also great exercise, it may be just the think to wear out your pup, he may even fall asleep before you get home. Before you just hop in your car and go, make sure to properly plan by considering your dog’s health and physical abilities, the terrain and temperature, and have your bag packed with ample water and treats. Take a min to read some reviews on the hike and make sure it’s a good fit for you and your dog.
Go for a Swim
Does your dog love water? With warmer weather upon us, we can get back to one of our dogs favorite activities, swimming! Bring your water-loving pup with you on your daytrip to the lake or beach. Not only will he or she love splashing in the waves, but they can do a lot of activities you love like paddle boarding, dock jumping and floating. Set up the fun level by adding a game of fetch. Throwing the ball into the water changes the dynamic and adds a new level of fun to the water. If your dog is new to swimming, check out our guide on teaching your dog to swim. Make sure to not assume every public space is dog-friendly, research pet-friendly public spaces and follow the rules for the safety of your dog and others.
Spring is a great time to be a dog or a dog lover. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and get out and have an adventure with your dog. No matter if it’s far away or right in your backyard, getting outside and having some play time with your dog is a great way to relax, unwind and leave your cares behind, if only for a moment. Don’t let the good weather pass you by.
- Apr 01, 2021
- in Pet Blog