8 Fun Places To Take Your Dog For The Afternoon

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So, the sun is out and your pup is ready to play – where to go? What to do? Sometimes it can feel like your options are limited when it comes to places that are welcoming to both you and your dog. However, if you take some time and look around a little bit, you will likely find that there are many spots in your local area where you and your best friend can have a great time.

1. Dog Park

Okay – so this is an obvious one. Still, it needs to be on the list because it’s one of the best places to take your dog for a fun afternoon. You will likely meet some new dogs, and the owners that go along with them, and your dog will get to burn off some of that extra energy.

2. City Parks and Trails

Most cities have a network of trails and parks that are available to citizens, and often they are open to dogs that are on a leash. [mnright] Whether you want to go for a jog, or just go for a nice long walk, Fido will be excited to explore all of the new sights and smells. This gives you a good way to enjoy nature with your dog.

If you are living alone with a dog and you hate leaving the dog at home while you take a hike, jog or bike, you can take the dog with you and enjoy the nature together.

It’s also great for getting the dog to exercise without all of the distractions of city life around. A dog that gets regular exercise is a dog that lives a longer and healthier life.

3. A Friend’s House

Don’t hesitate to call up friends that have dogs and ask if they would like to get together for the afternoon. Social time is fun for both you and the dogs, and you’ll probably have a well-behaved furry friend on your hands later in the evening after all of the excitement.

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4. The Lake

On a warm summer day, your dog is likely to love a splash in the local lake or pond. Even if your pup is a little afraid of getting in for a swim, walking along the water’s edge can be enough to cool off.

5. The Beach

Few places are as loved by dogs as the beach, so consider heading to the ocean’s edge if you live near enough to the coast. With sand as far as the eye can see and plenty of other dogs to interact with, the beach is always a hit.

6. A Pet Store

Not only is a pet store one of the few places that you can go shopping with your dog along with you, but many stores also have outdoor play areas for pets to enjoy. Look around online for stores near you that may offer free play areas.

7. Local High School Track

Not all school properties are dog-friendly, so make sure to check the rules before you go.
[mnright]If it is okay, going for a run or job around the track at the high school is a good way for you and
Fido to get the exercise you need together.

Another good thing about the track is that there is no grass, which means there is a smaller chance of ticks and other insects attacking your dog when compared to taking him out to run in the woods or in the park. Just remember to keep the track clean and to clean up after your dog. This is public school property and if the school is nice enough to let you use the track with your dog, you should be just as courteous and make sure that you are leaving the track just as you found it before taking your dog for a run.

8. A State Park

Just as with the high schools, you will want to check and make sure your dog is welcome in the State Park before heading out. State Parks tend to be in areas of great natural beauty, so an afternoon in nature with your dog should be one you will remember for a while.

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