Since my husband and I adopted our pooch, Mr. Nolan, two years ago, we have had to incorporate him into our trip planning. Not only do we have to make sure he has someone to watch him when we can’t take him with us on a trip, but we also have to plan trips/outings for him that might be fun and we can all enjoy together. I will definitely say since getting a pooch, it seems like we go our more would and although it was definitely an adjustment for us (more so me) at first, I must say I love the little guy. Below are some suggestions to pet-owners who might be trying to figure out how to do more with their pet.
Dog park: Great, easy way to let your pet get out and interact with other dogs. Dog parks are typically free and open to the public. Check in your area for meet-ups for your dog’s breed. Just make sure your dog is socialized before going. You don’t want to have yourself or your pet in an environment which can cause problems.
Dog swim: In many areas at the end of summer, swim parks will have a doggy day and allow dogs to come to the park to swim before they drain the water and clean out the pools for the end of the season. Do not be surprised if your dog doesn’t immediately jump in the water because some dogs are more prone to water than others. But, at the same time, it will be great interacting/playtime for your pooch.
Dog beach: Thinking about a quick beach trip? Take the pooch! My friend tells me that he enjoys some of the best pet carriers for dachshunds when he has to transport his dog to the beach so his dachshund can get some much-needed exercise! Just make sure that the beach is pet friendly, as many beaches do not allow pets. Typically, that information is on the beach website along with rules and regulations for having pets on the beach. Make sure that you bring a chair with you so you can rest your legs after having fun with your dog as there is a good chance you’ll need it.
Doggy day care: I know what you’re thinking…you put your dog in DAY CARE?!?! Lol, I used to think the same thing, but the doggy day care we found for Nolan is a Godsend! It’s perfect for times I have errands to run and I don’t want him cooped up in the house all day. So, while he might not be with us he is hanging out with other pooches and getting his energy out so when he comes back home he can just pass out. I don’t know about you, but a sleeping pooch is a good pooch in my eyes. (This rule also applies to kids! Lol)
Hiking: Who doesn’t love a good hike? This is great exercise for you and your pet. It’s easy, free, and a great way to get out of the house and enjoy some new scenery. Just make sure to check park guidelines on pet rules if you will be adventuring out.
Winery: Glass of chardonnay anyone? What better place to take the edge off while bringing the pooch along for the ride? The beauty of many wineries around Washington, DC is that they allow dogs on the premises. So, not only can you sip your life away but your pooch can interact with some other dogs and it’s a win win for everyone.
Do you have any doggy outing suggestions? Let me know!