Dog Bucket List: 12 Things You Want to do with Your Dog

Dogs are human’s best friend. They are warm and affectionate, loyal and caring and genuine with deep unconditional love. So they deserve to be treated like your best friends. And that means you need to do a lot more (beyond the day to day basics) together with your dogs to make them and you happy. So we have compiled a dog bucket list that you can try with your dog so that you and your canine best friend can get into some awesome fun-filled activities together!

1. Arrange a Party for Your Pet

Everyone loves fun and socializing, and your canine friend is not an exception. Arrange a party exclusively for your pet. Invite your friends but more importantly invite people who your love and take care of it. Invite their vet and the employees at dog daycare if it stays there.

And there will be a lot of humans, don’t forget your pet’s playmates from the nearby park. Arrange for special dog treats for all pets. And while you arrange for some many things, add a photographer to the list as well. After all, having such events is fun but capturing these moments is equally important. Take a lot of pictures with your pet so years later, you two can see each other getting old.

2. Plan a Slumber Party

Do you normally sleep with your furry best friend? If not, then plan a slumber party. Enjoy your pet’s closeness as you spend some quality time without digital distraction. You can arrange for an inflatable mattress that you can set right next to your bed if you still prefer your pet to be out of your bed. You can listen to music, read a good book together and enjoy some delicious snacks.

3. Go for a Dog-Friendly Sporting Event

Do you like sports? There is a good chance that your dog likes it too. And when it is outdoor, and you can watch your favorite sport with your canine friend, what more can you ask for? Find a sporting event that is dog friendly like baseball or soccer in your nearby area. And when the two of you head out, don’t forget to take some dog-friendly snacks and water.

4. Find a Dog Festival

Don’t we all look forward to festivals? They are outdoor, they are fun, and they are full of activities; all your furry friend’s favorite pass time. Search around for a dog festival in your neighborhood. From the Annual Doggie Street Festival to Dog Day Festival, you can find all kinds of dog-lovers festivals to enjoy. Don’t forget to carry your Fido’s snacks and water.

5. Go for a Beach Trip

Beach is often your canine friend’s favorite location. The salty air, sounds of the waves and a lot of space to jump up and down gives an awesome opportunity to your pet and your family to have some great fun together. So soak up the sun and get ready to have some the splash around the water with your furry best friend.

6. Dress Your Pup up for Halloween

Nothing is cuter than a dog in a costume. And as you prepare Halloween costumes for your little ones don’t forget your pet babies. Go for coordinated Halloween costumes each year, and you can give a lot of fun with your pet and your family.

And as you dress up your pup, don’t forget to take a lot of photos; a memory to look back down the line.

7. Get Started with a Road Trip

Young puppies want adventure, and they often find outdoor activities fun. If you have a little pup around the house, one of the things you can add to your dog bucket list is a road trip. Take a few days off, chalk out the journey for both of you, search for pet-friendly hotels, and you are good to go. Drive through the day and spend nights at some comfortable, pet-friendly hotel. Don’t forget to make stopovers to the best parks and places you want to explore with your puppy.

8. Go for a Boat Ride

As much as your Fido is likely to have fun in the car, you can expect the same enthusiasm in the boat. Pack some snacks and water for your pup along with a life jacket and make the most of your time with your pooch. Make sure you check with the concerned authorities before getting on board.

9. Plan a Family Picnic

We all love to picnic, and your little pooch is not an exception. Your dog would love to company you wherever you go so whether you plan a family picnic at a park, by the lake or in your yard, get ready for some amazing fun with your family. For a happy and satisfied pup, don’t forget some pet-friendly snacks.

10. Go Camping

Another great outdoor activity that you can add to the list is camping. As long as your dog has a leash, almost all campgrounds allow dogs. But it is a good idea to check the park first. As you go camping, don’t forget a lot of food, water and poo bags for your pup.

11. Try Some Fishing Together

Don’t you just love the calm and serene environment as you head out for fishing? Your dog loves that too. In fact, your pup may be a great help and may even catch a fish for you. Of course, you will lose some fish during the process, but as long as it is fun, it is worth it.

12. Go for a Vacation With Your Dog

As you plan for your next vacation, don’t forget your pooch. After all, they are your best friend and part of your family. And how can they have fun while you are away? You can find several pet-friendly accommodations, so you have some great fun with your best buddy.

You can add several other activities to your dog bucket list. And as you try these activities, make sure your pup is in great health so all of you can enjoy an awesome time together.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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