stunning red labrador with a life jacket on sitting on a boat

Having a dog is the best and when you’re with your dog, you want to do everything with them!

And alongside hanging out at home, there are lots of places you can take them to exercise, relax or just hang out together.

Looking for inspiration? Look no further! We’ve put together our list of top 10 places to take your dog for a fun day (or days!) out.

Doggie days out

1) Play date

If your dog loves to socialise, then going on a play date is the perfect way to get out and about. Whether it's meeting up with their best friend at the park, or hosting your very own doggy picnic in the garden.

Get them playing fetch, munching on treats and generally having fun. You can even set up an agility set to keep them entertained and make sure that they're thoroughly worn out by the end of the day.

beautiful black and tan dog in motion with mouth open chasing a yellow tennis ball

2) Dog-friendly pub

Who doesn't love a Sunday spent down at your local dog-friendly pub? A cool drink, a pub lunch and somewhere comfy to spend the day just relaxing and preparing for the week ahead.

And your dog will love spending time with you too. Not just all the attention they get but it's also a great way for your dog to get lots of fuss and attention from everyone who passes by.

You may even find a pub that offers Pawsecco and doggie beer!

3) An afternoon at the beach

It doesn't matter whether it's hot or cold, lots of dogs love rushing in and out of the water, playing ball and having a swim.

The beach is the perfect place to do this as your dog can splash around chasing the tide, as well as choose how deep they go.

It might be a messy way to spend the day but your dog will definitely thank you for it. It's such a relaxing way to spend the day. Just remember to pack plenty of old towels in the car to dry off!

two beautiful long haired dogs running through the sea water with a stick

4) Dog groomers

Speaking of messy ways to spend the day, if your dog is looking a little 'ruff' around the edges then why not book them in at the dog groomers? Lots of dogs love getting all the attention as well as having their coat groomed and nails clipped.

You can even finish off the day by buying them a new collar and lead, just to help complete the look.

5) Dog about town

If your dog is a small breed, then they will be too small for a day in the countryside. There's no reason why you can't spend the day in the city though!

Help them save their energy by popping them in a dog carrier. Then they can enjoy spending the day by your side, while enjoying the sights.

Relax and let them stretch their little legs at a dog-friendly coffee shop and remember to take a few selfies too!

coco the mini dachshund is in her grey pet carrier posing under the london eye

6) Camping

Camping is a great way to see the great outdoors – as well as spend some quality time with your dog.

And even though you'll want to make sure your dogs are well-trained before you step foot on a campsite, it's definitely worth the effort. You'll get to take them on longer walks – great if you dog seems to have endless amounts of energy.

And seeing new people and places will help them to grow their confidence too.

Find out which campsites are dog-friendly here.

7) Head out on a boat

If your dog is confident near water, then heading out on a boat is a lovely way to spend some time together.

Places like the Norfolk Broads are great for visiting with your dog and there is also an abundance of dog-friendly walks around the area too – ideal for when you need time away from the noisy engine!

Don't forget a strong lead and a doggie life jacket when you're out on the water.

two friendly dogs sitting on a boat looking into the water

8) A dog friendly hotel

Sometimes it's just nice to get away and take a break from it all. But taking your dog abroad can be tricky and expensive. Make sure you and your dog get to spend some quality time together by booking yourselves into a dog-friendly hotel!

Whether it's a holiday cottage, B&B or full-on, five-star hotel, you'll be able to relax and go new places together, while keeping them close by your side.

9) A dog-friendly train trip

A ride on a steam train is fun for both humans and animals! There are lots that run up and down the country and they're great for spending the day relaxing and watching the world go by. Step out, stretch your legs and then head home again.

Your dog will enjoy the excitement of it all as well as spending time with you.

cute mini dachshund in his grey pet carrier sitting on his owners lap in the london underground

10) Doggie day care

Dotted around the UK are doggy day care centres. They're like soft play – but for dogs! Enjoy some retail therapy while your dog gets to experience the ultimate in play days.

Find one with experienced dog handlers and leave your dog to enjoy things like soft play, tunnels, ramps, giant inflatable footballs, as well as a brand new, outside space to explore!

Wherever you choose to go, your dog will love spending time with you and just getting out and about. And when you get there, don't forget to send us a pic! We love seeing all your pets, big and small! Find us on Instagram and Facebook @Meandmypetsofficial.

 

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