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7 fun outdoor activities to do with your dog

We can all get caught up in the daily humdrum of life. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a routine of going to work, coming home, walking the dog round the same local park, eat, sleep, repeat. So we’ve come up with some ideas so you can take some time out of your usual routine to take your pet on a little doggy date that you’ll both enjoy.

Beach

If you don’t live right by the beach then it’s probably not somewhere that you go very often. But even if you live in Coton in the Elms (the furthest place from the coast in the UK), you’re still only 70 miles from the nearest beach, which makes it still manageable as a day trip. There are several websites that will help you find a dog-friendly beach you can visit.

Pub

There are over 500 pubs listed on DoggiePubs.org.uk so you’re bound to find a local one that can cater for both you and your four-legged friend. Many pubs have dog-safe gardens and the staff will be able to recommend great local walks. Some pubs even offer doggy roast dinners and specialist dog beer!

Photoshoot

We all love taking photos of our furry friends so why not go somewhere a bit more interesting for the day and set up a fun photoshoot? You could discover a local bluebell wood, hit the beach, find a wide, open field in the countryside or even just dress up in silly outfits in the garden.

Dog-friendly festival

While there are some dog-specific festivals around the UK, like the PDSA’s PetLife Festival (Finished now) and DogFest, dogs are also welcome at some regular festivals too. For example, Hertfordshire’s Standon Calling welcomes dogs and even has a dog show with rosettes and prizes and Foodies Festival allows dogs on short leads.

Camping

Dogs love being outside and camping can be a great adventure for the whole family. There are so many new sights and smells for a dog to discover on a campsite and impromptu games of fetch and long walks over new terrain will keep everyone entertained.

Woman and dog in tent

Doga

Doga, which is yoga you can do with your dog, is a new craze that has been sweeping the nation. Doga is said to help support the natural bond that owners have with their dogs and can help reduce signs of stress in both humans and our pets. Classes are available in London through the Dogmahny website.

Zoo

The Cotswold Wildlife Park is the only zoo in the UK that allows dogs (on leads of course!). If you think your dog has fun sniffing out other dogs at the park, just wait until he catches the scent of a lion or a meerkat!