10 fun ways to celebrate spring with your dog
After a long winter of restricted activity, spring is just around the corner – and you (and your dogs) are ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather!
Here are 10 fun ways to keep your dog more active this spring and enjoy this beautiful time of year:
Find a new walking route for dogs.
It’s easy to get caught up in a dog hike … but there’s no reason not to break free with a new dog hike route!
Discover a new route for your dog walks – or take an old route in the opposite direction as usual!
And make the decision to move your dog to a new location once a week, whether it’s a walk outside of your normal range or a hike in a nearby park. Discovering new places together will strengthen your bond with your dog – and help you defeat the Winter Blahs.
Discover the joy of wading.
Spring temperatures may be a little too cool to swim, but you and your dog can wade for an afternoon.
Roll up your pants and splash around with your dog. For added fun, check to see if you can spot both tadpoles (don’t worry: most are too quick to be at risk). Buy a new floating toy for an afternoon of fun.
Give your dog a new spring look.
We all like a new spring dress or ‘do and our dogs too! Freshen up your dog’s look with a new collar in spring colors.
Visit the groomer for a depilation session to remove the bulk of the winter coat and avoid matting.
Try a new sport.
Whether you want to teach your dog agility, lure coursing, dock diving, or surfing, the fun of a new canine sport can keep you both happy and active.
Find classes near you or go the DIY route using everyday equipment from tires to chairs to create your own agility class.
Give Doggie Dancing a whirl.
Spring has sprung – it’s time to shake a leg (or four!)
Turn on your favorite music and dance with your dog like nobody is watching but your best friend. Regardless of your abilities, you and your dog will receive training and enjoy bonding time.
Dog dancing (like other indoor dog games) is the perfect activity for days when those spring showers keep you both indoors as well.
Set up a wildflower photo session.
Do you have a photo of your pet in your local wildflowers?
In our home state of Texas, a family photo in the bluebonnets is an almost mandatory spring rite.
Schedule a photo shoot with a friend (or hire a professional) to capture the beauty of the season with your dog. Morning and evening hours In general, bring the best color (although some wildflowers are slow to open in the morning light).
Invite your dog’s BFFs to a dog party.
If you have a securely fenced yard, consider a spring pawed party. Invite your dog’s best friends and their people to an afternoon party.
Provide some extra dog bowls and toys and watch the fun. Also, keep your menu dog-friendly for human diners in case you drop (or steal) groceries. Make goodie bags so each guest can take home some dog treats.
Turn the event into a fundraiser for your local animal shelter by asking attendees to bring a donation of food or toys to help out homeless dogs in your community.
Plan a stay.
If you feel like planning a dog-friendly vacation in warmer weather, but are still not feeling well, start planning a dog-friendly vacation.
A map of your area will find dog-friendly state and local parks, as well as dog parks to explore together.
Enter your stay in your calendar as you would on your vacation, plan and pack your vacation day. Snap photos of your day trip to remind yourself of the fun of your getaway.
Pack a picnic.
Spring is synonymous with sunny picnics, and including your pet in this spring ritual makes it extra special. Pack up a no-fuss meal for your two-legged family members and your pet’s usual food for him. Eating too much outside of your usual diet can cause abdominal discomfort.
Be sure to keep your dog away from items that aren’t on the list: onion potato salad, alcoholic beverages, fried chicken bones, chocolate desserts, and more.
If your picnic is in a public picnic area, be sure to take a quick look around the area upon arrival to find discarded chicken bones that may lurk under picnic tables, except for your eyes (but not your dog’s!).
Schedule an Easter egg hunt.
Whether you keep it on Easter or another day, a dog Easter egg hunt is a fun way to harness your dog’s natural hunting instincts as he “hunts” homemade dog treats, nibbles, or other treats.