Places To Go With Your Pooch

As a dog parent think about places to go with your pooch, you want your life with your pup to be as fulfilling and exciting as possible for both of you. While playing fetch with your pet at home is always fun, it can become tedious after a while. Going for walks around the block or even to the dog park can also become old sometimes, and the two of you may crave new places to explore and discover together.

Here are some places to visit with your pooch that you may never have considered before.

Outdoor Shopping Mall

Many towns and cities have outdoor shopping malls and plazas where pets are allowed to enter, so long as they are on a leash.

Do your research beforehand and find out if there are any such outdoor shopping complexes near where you live.

Your pup will surely enjoy a day out shopping with you, especially if you buy him treats for being a good shopping companion!

A Restaurant

While most fancy restaurants do not allow pets to enter the vicinity, nowadays, most restaurants have an outdoor seating section where you can take your pup.

Your pup will most certainly enjoy going to a restaurant with you. The ambiance of the restaurant will be nothing like what he is used to experiencing.

You can even treat him to a grand doggy lunch!

Sporting Events

Bringing your pets along with you to sporting events is slowly gaining popularity. Sporting events are exciting, and your pet is sure to enjoy them!

A baseball game, for example, is a good place to start.

A Drive-Through

There are many reasons why your pup would love to go to a drive-through with you. For starters, dogs love car rides! They love riding in the car with you, with the windows rolled down and the wind on their face.

Moreover, many drive-throughs nowadays even offer a bone as a treat to a dog that visits! What more could your pup want?

Ice Cream Cafes

Outdoor ice cream parlors are another great way to spend a fun-filled day with your pooch. Most ice cream parlors nowadays have outdoor seating and are actually pretty welcoming to pets.

In fact, some of them even cater specifically to pets and give special doggy treats, such as ice cream with dog biscuits to any visiting pup! Sounds like heaven for your pup, doesn’t it?

Hardware Store

This seems like a rather unusual place to visit with your pet, but a visit to the hardware store can actually be pretty fun for your pup!

Many hardware stores allow you to take your pet, so long as he is tied properly on a leash, with you to the store. In fact, if your pup is very small, you can even put him inside your shopping cart as you walk around the store, getting the tools and equipment that you came for.

You do need to make sure that your dog is well trained, socialized to behave in public places, and completely in your control before you can venture to take him with you.

Pet Bakery

This is one of the more interesting places you can visit with your pup, where it is guaranteed that he will have the time of his life.

A pet bakery is a term many are still unfamiliar with, but as the name suggests, it is just that –a bakery for pets!

Pet bakeries often specialize in producing baked goodies for your dog, such as special dog pastries, dog biscuits, and even cakes for your dog’s birthday!

You know how much you love entering bakeries because of the sweet smell of freshly baked goodies? Well, imagine the same but for your pup.

In fact, sometimes, if the owner of the pet bakery is kind and generous, he will even give free dog treats to your pup if you bring him along!

Splash Pad

A splash pad refers to an outdoor playing area full of sprinklers, water nozzles, fountains, and any other such structure designed to spray water.

Splash pads are typically meant for young children to play in and enjoy the water splashing on their faces. Unsurprisingly, dogs, too, love splashing water on their bodies.

If your pup loves to run around in the sprinklers at home, it’s time to take him to a splash pad where he will most definitely have more fun than he does at home.

Do your research beforehand because there will most likely be a splash pad somewhere near where you live.

Your pup is surely going to love you for this!

Dog Beach

Lately, dog beaches have been gaining popularity all over the world. A dog beach is just like a regular beach, except that it is dog friendly.

If you love the sun shining on your body as you lie on the warm sand, the cool water as it touches your toes or your body when you slide right in, rest assured, your pup will love all those things too!

Remember that dogs are energetic creatures. They love nothing more than to run freely in the wind, with the sun shining on them, and they most certainly love splashing in the cool water.

Imagine setting a day aside for just you and your pup, a long, lazy day at the dog-friendly beach. You can even pack a lunch for yourself and doggy treats for your pup so that the two of you can enjoy a nice, quiet picnic at the beach!

These were just some fascinating places to go with your pooch. While being at home is fun too, sometimes it’s good for your pet to get away from home and have the time of his life in unfamiliar surroundings.

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  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
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