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Posted: July 29, 2021

If there’s one friend who’ll always be by your side, it’s your pup. With their unmatched loyalty, it’s understandable that your dog would be one of your BFFs. And like any besties, you’re both happiest when you get to spend every moment together. This is why it’s such a downer to have to choose between heading out on an adventure or hanging with your dog.

As temperatures climb across the country, it’s time to discover some unique experiences and new adventures with your best furry friend. From beach hopping to chilling in a backyard with your pup.

Have A Puppy Playdate

Why You Need To Try It: Organize a pandemic-friendly playdate with your dog’s best friends and their owners. Meet up at the dog park, the beach, or organize a barbecue if restrictions in your area allow. It’s a great way to meet other owners, who’ll have ideas for more dog-friendly things you can do.

Take Your Pup To A Dog-Friendly Beach

Why You Need To Try It: It’s not surprising that many dogs love the beach. There’s plenty of sand for them to dig in, waves to bound through and enough space to reach top speed while chasing seagulls. Whether you want to carve out a whole day at the beach, jump in a canoe and go for an adventure or just take a nice stroll along the water, your dog will love your beach day together.

There are many dog-friendly beaches across Canada like Hadden Park Dog Beach in Vancouver or Cherry Beach in Toronto, which is easily accessible by public transport and has an off-leash area for dogs to run free.

Visit A Dog-Friendly Attraction

Why You Need To Try It: Your furry friend deserves to have fun beyond the dog park, which is why there are awesome canine-friendly attractions across the country, like the Muskoka Highlands Golf Links in Bracebridge, Ontario. This golf course welcomes dogs, and even fosters a new puppy each year.

According to PetFriendly.ca, you should call before bringing your dog, and you need to have them leashed and clean up after them as well.

Dedicate A Day To An Instagram Photoshoot

Why You Need To Try It: Look, you probably take a hundred photos of your dog every day so why not make an event of it? Grab your favourite outfits (for you and your pooch), get the treats ready and have your dog turn on their charm for the camera.

Take Your Furry Friend To An Off-Leash Dog Park

Why You Need To Try It: There are tons of off-leash dog parks across the country like Earl Bales Park in Toronto and MacAulay Point Park in Victoria. Let your pal run freely through the park with other furry friends while you sit back and watch them live their best lives.

Head Off On A Camping Trip

Why You Need To Try It: There’s nothing more your dog would love than to explore the wilderness with their favourite human. While many campsites don’t allow dogs, there are pet-friendly campgrounds, like Jellystone Niagara Falls, that allow you to make memorable moments with your bestie. You can go for walks, take a dip in the lake and make some dog-friendly camping snacks together.

Make sure to prepare properly for your getaway with your pet. Pack plenty of toys, their bowls, food, and any medicine they might need. Follow the campground rules about animals, and never leave your dog unattended.

Go On A Shopping Spree

Why You Need To Try It: While you might not be able to take your pup on every shopping trip, there are certain outdoor malls that are happy for you to bring your BFF along, like the Outlet Collection Niagara in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, and Windsor Premium Outlets in Windsor, Ontario.

No matter what you end up doing with your dog, whether it’s an activity listed above or just relaxing on the couch together, the great thing about pets is, they will always bring you joy and appreciate you for who you are.

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