10 Ways To Spend More Time With Your Dog This Summer

As our lives are getting busier with work, family obligations, chores, etc, it seems like most of us are struggling to spend quality time with our dogs. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian dog owners only spend an average of 50 minutes out of a 24 hour day to care for, groom and exercise their dog!

Unfortunately, there is no way to add hours to our day. But there are many creative ways you can carve out more time with your pup. Here are our 10 favourites:

  1. Work out with your dog

Instead of going to the gym, do an outdoor activity with your dog. Ideas include, going for a walk, a bike ride or a swim together. Not only will you get a good workout, but you will also get to spend quality time with your pup. If you’re local to Paws Explores, we recommend taking a look at their P.E.T.S PT Classes!

Lady walking her dog

  1. Attend a Dog winery tour

Feeling like you need to get out of the house and do something fun this summer? Attend a dog friendly wine tour near you. Every tour is carefully crafted to ensure dogs and their owners enjoy their day. Companies like Gourmet Pawprints run special event such as winery tours with a special bus to ensure your furbabies are safe and comfortable.

Dog and a glass of wine

  1. Enjoy brunch at a dog friendly cafes

Many cafes with outdoor seating allow you to bring dogs. So if you’re meeting up with someone for a bite, bring along your furry friends too. Take a look at their website, or give them a call first to check that dogs are allowed if you’re not sure.

A man enjoying breakfast with his dog

  1. Spoil your pup, by bringing it shopping with you

Almost all pet stores allow pets to come inside to go shopping with their owners, so shopping for new toys or treats with your furry friend can be a great way to bond. Just make sure your pup stays on a lead and bring along the necessities in case nature calls!

Dog enjoying his toy

  1. Organise a puppy play date with your friends and their dogs

Staying social is important for both yourself and your pup. By scheduling play dates with your friends and their pets, you will get to spend quality time with your friends as well as your pooch. Play dates are also good, as it will help teach your dog how to interact with new dogs.

Two dogs playing together

  1. Train your dog, teach them new tricks

Spend time training your dog. You might teach them how to sit, stay, or come. Reward your dog with treats when they do well. This will improve your dog’s confidence, help them become a better behaved dog and allow you to spend quality time with your pooch.

A man training his dog

  1. Take a trip to the beach

Beach trips are a must in summer to beat the heat! Bring along your dog for a day full of splash, sand and wagging tails. Just remember to bring a spare towel for your pup.

A women with her dog at the beach

  1. Go for a car ride

Many dogs love riding in the car and taking in all the new sights and smells. If you’re running something over to a friend’s house or heading down to the post box, pop your dog in the car and head out for a ride! However, a car ride is not a replacement for a walk, and if you are running errands, never leave your dog in the car.

A dog with its head out of the car window

  1. Involve them in outside chores

If you’re a homeowner, a big part of your spare time may be spent in the garden: mowing the lawns, raking leaves, watering plants etc., Having a cute companion by your side will really make garden work a lot less painful.

A women gardening with her dog

  1. Attend a Doggy Day Out event

Doggy Day Out host numerous events over event season, so come along for a day guaranteed with fun for both pet owners and their dogs. There are many things to do at our events from activities for your dogs, meeting new furry friends or enjoying live music. View our upcoming events here

Two dogs sniffing one another

Dogs make excellent companions, but they require a lot of work. It is very important to allocate time to bond with your furry friend. The extra work is well worth it not only for yourself but your beloved pooch too.

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