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8 Dog Friendly Date Ideas

8 Dog Friendly Date Ideas

Our pets are our best friends, biggest fans and most loyal followers. So it makes perfect sense that we want to include our dogs and cats in every aspect of our lives, including date night. After all, not only are pets a perfect ice breaker on an awkward first date, they can be an excellent judge of character.
Below you will find 8 ways to include your dog on your next date. However, when visiting a new business or location, confirm pets are allowed, bring food and water for you dog, and make sure he is comfortable interacting in a new setting or environment. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is in tip-top condition, microchipped and all vaccines and/or medications are up to date before you embark on new adventures. Also, your pet should wear a collar tag with ID.

  1. Be a Tourist
    Find a nearby city or town you have never been to and spend a day doing touristy activities with your pet. You can visit National Monuments, famous architecture, popular landmarks and local historical places.
  2. Be Adventurous – Go for a hike
    Most state parks are dog friendly and they have beautiful trails for couples and their pets to explore.
  3. Be Adventurous – Outdoor Day Camping
    If hiking isn't enough for you, consider camping in the wilderness with your pup and your date. It will be a great, small getaway, providing a much needed break for everyone.
  4. Be Romantic – Go see the Sunrise/Sunset at the Beach
    Nothing is more beautiful than watching the sunrise or set at the beach. Having your date and pet be by your side is an added bonus.
  5. Go Local – Trip to the Farmers Market and a picnic at the Park
    Pick up fruits, vegetables and freshly baked bread from your local farmers market and head over to park for a lunch picnic.
  6. Be Retro – Drive-In Movie
    The fifties are making a comeback! A lot of local parks during the summer have outdoor movie showtimes. While your dog might not care about Ferris Bueller's day off. They won't complain as long as they are with you.
  7. Be Generous – Run a 5k or Attend a Dog Friendly Charity Event
    5k's are great way to get some exercise and give back to the community and most of them allow dogs. If running a 5k doesn't sound like fun, then don't worry. There are many local events hosted by charities that allow pets, whether it's your downtown local art fair supporting local artist, or a brewery nearby that hosts it annual brew and pooch fest.
  8. Be Relaxed – At Home
    A date doesn't always mean going out somewhere! Having a dinner date at home is sometimes the perfect option. Whether it's a barbeque in the backyard or making your grandmother's secret pasta recipe, cuddling with your date and you pet can be a great way to spend the night.

Written by Dhilati Oza- A lifelong lover of animals and animal health professional.