We’re nearly out of another British winter (we’ll ignore the statistic that says snowfall is more likely in March than in December)! Which means that walks and outdoor activities are starting to become fun again! Spring really is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your furry friend. Here are the top 7 spring activities for you and your dog to enjoy together.

1. Have a picnic

Pack some treats for both you and your dog and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the park or on the beach and then play a game of fetch with your four-legged companion. The beach provides a perfect playground for dogs to explore and enjoy the outdoors. The salty sea air invigorates their senses, while the soft sand beneath their paws offers endless play opportunities. Watching your dog bask in the sun and revel in the simple joys of life reminds us of the importance of living in the moment.

Find out more about dog-friendly picnic ideas here

2. Take a hike

Explore new trails and enjoy the beauty of nature with your pup by your side. Dog-friendly hiking is a wonderful way to bond with your furry friend while enjoying the great outdoors. There are countless benefits to taking your dog on hikes, both for their physical and mental well-being as well as your own. Not only does it provide exercise for both you and your dog, but it also allows them to explore new sights, smells, and sounds. When embarking(!) on a dog-friendly hike, it is important to be prepared. Make sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pup, as well as snacks and waste bags. It is also crucial to keep your dog on a leash at all times to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the trail.

We’ve previously written about hiking safety tips for you and your pup here

3. Visit a dog park

Let your dog socialise and burn off some energy at a local dog park. Dog parks provide a space for dogs to socialise, exercise, and release their pent-up energy. It is a place where they can be themselves without any restrictions or limitations. Owners also benefit from visiting dog parks as they get to meet other dog lovers, share stories about their furry companions, and build new friendships. Visiting a dog park is not just about giving your pet some much-needed playtime; it is also about fostering a sense of community among dog owners and creating lasting memories with our beloved four-legged friends.

We have our list of favourite dog-friendly parks in and around London here

4. Go for a swim

If your dog loves water, take them for a swim at a nearby lake or river. Swimming provides a low-impact workout that is easy on the joints and muscles of dogs, making it an ideal form of exercise for older or injured pups. Additionally, swimming helps to improve cardiovascular health by increasing circulation and strengthening the heart. It also promotes muscle tone and flexibility, helping to prevent obesity and other weight-related issues in dogs. Furthermore, swimming can be a great way for dogs to release excess energy and reduce anxiety or behavioural problems. 

Find out more about doggy paddling here

5. Do some agility training

Set up an agility course in your backyard or at a local park for some fun exercise. To start, set up a simple obstacle course using items like cones, tunnels, and jumps. Begin with basic commands such as sit, stay, and come to establish control over your dog. Gradually introduce more challenging obstacles like weave poles and A-frames as your dog becomes more confident. Consistency and positive reinforcement are key when training your dog. Rewarding good behaviour with treats or praise will encourage them to continue learning and improving their skills. With patience and dedication, DIY dog agility training can be a fun way to keep your pup active and engaged while strengthening your bond.

Find out more about DIY agility courses here

6. Have a photoshoot

Capture memories with your furry friend by taking spring-themed photos together. The soft light of spring adds a magical quality to the photos, highlighting the natural beauty of your dog’s fur and eyes. Whether it’s playing fetch in a field of wildflowers or lounging under a cherry blossom tree, there are endless possibilities for capturing precious moments with your beloved pet. So grab your camera, head outdoors, and create some unforgettable memories with your dog this spring!

Find out more about taking good pictures with your dog here

7. Enjoy an outdoor meal together

Find pet-friendly restaurants or cafes where you can dine al fresco with your pup.

We’ve previously written about dog-friendly restaurants in and around London here and here