The cold weather is leaving us. In its wake, flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and our dogs are ready to get outside and play. Celebrating spring with your dog can be a yearly tradition. Here are some ways to make the most of this season:
Springtime Activities to do with Your Dog
One of the best ways to bring in the warm weather is to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. There are many different activities you can do outdoors with your dog in the spring, but here’s a short list.
- Go camping. – After spending so much time indoors, you might want to spend as much time as possible outside. Camping is a great way to spend time outside, and most dogs love the change of scenery. Pack up your tent, a bunch of comfy blankets, and some food. You’ll be relaxing and taking in the great outdoors in no time.
- Go swimming. – Some dogs have what seems to be an unlimited source of energy. If this describes your dog, a swim could be a great way to let them burn that energy. Just make sure you wait until it gets just a bit warmer before jumping in the deep end.
- Start working out. – Most people have spent the winter glued to the couch, but warm weather is a great time to start up a good exercise routine. Grab your dog’s leash and your running shoes, and burn off those winter couch calories.
- Hit the shops. – There are many dog-friendly shops out there today. Most pet stores are very welcoming as are most farmer’s markets. Look up pet-friendly shops in your area to get some outdoor fun with your dog.
- Start training. – You may have taught your dog basic commands like “sit” and “stay,” but spring is a great time to take your dog’s training a step further. You can make an easy agility course in your back yard or even in a park if you are lacking the outdoor space of your own.
What to Celebrate
Here are some spring-time holidays you can celebrate with your dog:
St. Patrick’s Day
While not quite spring, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday often celebrated with corned beef, cabbage, soda bread, and (if it’s your thing) green beer. But your dog can be a part of the festivities, too. A cute green collar and a walk around the neighborhood is enough to get everyone in a good mood. Or maybe take some funny photos with your pup out on a “leprechaun hunt” and post to social media.
Bunnies and baby birds aren’t the only animals that should get all the attention on Easter. Buy your dog a little basket and give them some spring treats, like doggy treats in pastel colors, a new toy, or something useful like a new leash.
Plant a tree with your pup! If you both enjoy the outdoors, why not give back? Plant a tree to commemorate your friendship and all your wonderful walks in the wilderness together.
Memorial Day is a time to honor those men and women who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. Military. While the holiday is somber, we often celebrate with our families. Your dog is also a member of your family, so maybe you can throw a little something special on the grill for them too.
What to Be Mindful Of
While the spring is full of opportunities for celebrations and togetherness, there are other things we need to be mindful of as we say goodbye to winter.
Your dogs may have started shedding their winter coat. That means lots of dog hair tumbleweeds hanging around your house. Speed up the shedding process by brushing your dog regularly to remove the falling fur.
Fleas and ticks are making a comeback as the weather warms. Prepare your dog by treating them for fleas and ticks with topical medication or applying a collar that dissuades these pests from making a home on your dog.
While the weather is warming, spring is notorious for its unpredictable weather. So, always be ready for a sudden spring storm or drop in temperature. If you plan to be outdoors for an extended period, bring water and an extra layer for you and your pet in case something unexpected happens.
Be Active and Safe
Take advantage of the improved weather by staying active this spring season, but also remember to stay safe. Don’t let a good mood and sunny sky distract you from the possibility that something could go wrong. Be prepared, be safe, and most importantly, have fun!