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Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventures

Leashed dog wearing red bandana on rock ledge

We don’t know about you guys, but this year’s wet winter has our pups feeling all kinds of cabin fever. Luckily, spring is right around the corner and with the promise of warmer weather and sunnier skies, comes the return of our favorite dog-friendly adventures outside.

Below are some ideas on how you can get outside with your pooch for a day, or a whole weekend, that goes beyond your regularly scheduled walk.

Take a Road Trip

Sometimes the best dog-friendly adventures require a drive! You create the playlist and your pup will take care of sticking his head out the window. Whether you’re heading 3 states over or just to the next town, a road trip is a fun way for the both of you to experience new places and see new things. For longer trips, use a site like Go Pet Friendly’s Road Trip Planner to find dog-friendly hotels, activities and ideal places for potty breaks along the way.

Hit the Trails

For awesome views and new terrain, escape the neighborhood (and the city) for a couple hours on your local dog-friendly hiking trail. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, check these ones out!

TIP:     Always remember to consider your pup’s fitness level and consult your vet before choosing your hike intensity. Also, be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pooch.

Set up Camp

Whether you head out to the woods or just set up a tent in the backyard, sleeping out under the stars is an awesome way to switch up your dog’s routine. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors and fill your days with wilderness adventures and activities for an enriching experience for the whole family. When night falls, be sure to watch your dog around the campfire and consider bringing a bed for them to sleep in the tent with you! Visit Bring Fido for some beautiful doggy campsites in your area!

TIP:     Always protect your dog from ticks and fleas before heading out and make sure their collar has the proper identification just in case. For other tips and what to bring to make the most of your campout, click here.

Opt for Glamping

Roughin’ it not you or your pup’s style? No worries! There are less rugged ways to experience nature on your dog-friendly adventures. Glamping (short for glamorous camping) lets you and your dog get out of the house and into nature without sacrificing all of the household amenities. While you’re out, take this opportunity to embark on some soothing and enriching nature hikes.

Find your ideal pets-welcome Glamp site here.

Explore the National Parks

They’re some of most stunning places in the country and a lot of them are super dog friendly, too! Hike, bike, stay and play- it’s all up for grabs in these natural playgrounds. Just be mindful of the park’s leash rules and doggy trails and keep an eye out for dangerous wildlife. For a complete list of dog-friendly National Parks, check out Go Pet Friendly.

TIP: Accidents do happen even in beautiful places, so pack a doggy first aid kit for any minor injuries.