Playtime and bonding with your dog

With beautiful long summer days and warm weather just around the corner, now is the time to fill your calendar with fun and pet-related activities. Here are our top tips on how to enjoy Spring to its fullest, while keeping your pet safe:

Have a play day! We all tend to take shortcuts when it comes to our walking route or the period of time we spend at the park when the temperatures dip to near freezing. Now that it’s starting to warm up, schedule a puppy play date with your neighbour’s dog or your pup’s long-lost puppy “kindergarten” mate.

Find a new park: Free afternoons or weekends in Spring are ideal times to go exploring. Make a point to divert from your usual route and find a new park full of sticks, trees, grass and bushes to explore.

Break a curfew: As the sun begins to set later in the day, take a few extra minutes to stop and admire the sunset on your evening walk. Bring the whole family along or enjoy the quiet with your four-legged family member.

Try a new toy: Once you’ve found that new park, use it to try that new toy that you’ve been dying to play with since the weather started to get warmer! A single game of fetch can quickly turn into an intense ultimate Frisbee tournament among friends and their pups, leaving everyone happy and exhausted by the time you get home.

Enjoy a night out: if your local restaurant allows it, let your pup tag along for “date night” and take a seat outside to enjoy the scenery. Just call ahead and ask permission if you’re not sure if they allow pets. Your dog will be thrilled to keep you company as you eat and won’t need anything more than a fresh bowl of water (and perhaps a little treat now and again) to enjoy people-watching on the street.

Take a drive: Now that you can finally drive with the windows down and less of all those scarves, gloves and winter gear, pile into the car and take a ride to the beach or a local hiking trail for an outdoor adventure. Take a picnic bag with snacks and treats for you and your pup. If he shows good behaviour, reward him with a bone to make long car rides more fun.

What are you looking forward to doing with your pet this spring?

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