Doggy and Owner Activities You Can’t Afford to Miss

If you would like to go on a vacation but you love spending time with your pooch, consider taking him along! You can always find a doggy friendly hotel with a little bit of research.

Wondering what other types of activities you can do with your pup? Maybe a photoshoot will be fun or going on a new trip and taking him with you to the new destination. There's also more fun suggestions on Dogster. The world is yours to discover.

1. Take your dog to a pet-friendly hotel or B&B

Many owners feel guilty for leaving their pets behind when they go on vacation. So why not bring her along for the ride? Planning a dog-friendly vacation may be easier than you think. Some simple Internet research can reveal plenty of driving-distance lodging options, a handful that actually dedicate themselves to making furry family members feel welcome with yards to run around and communal couches for cuddling.

2. Do a full-fledged photo shoot

Who doesn’t love taking pics of their four-legged friend? Take your snap habit one step further and plan a full-fledged photo shoot around her. Plan the photo session for early morning or late afternoon, when the sun isn’t directly overhead but there’s still plenty of natural light. Then scope out some nearby scenic locations or set up in your own backyard. Use plenty of treats and even props if you’re in the mood; good ideas include bandanas, rope toys, a brightly colored ball, blankets, chairs, a chalkboard sign (to express your hound’s innermost thoughts, of course!), and anything else playful or tongue-in-cheek funny that your dog can mess around with.

3. Train your dog to jump rope

You won’t need eight whole months to train your dog to jump rope, but this isn’t one of those tricks you teach in an afternoon. Training your pooch takes time and dedication, but the end result is well worth it. Chances are, your dog already knows how to jump, and he does it whenever he wants to get into your bed and onto the couch, or any other elevated surface where he’s welcome.

4. Take your dog to the beach

Have you ever seen a dog digging in the sand or splashing in the waves? It’s one of the most satisfying ways to spend an afternoon with your pup. While summer is the obvious time to go to the shore, dogs seem to love the sand and surf year round, so don’t let some snow flurries or a little chill to the air stop you from taking a jaunt to a nearby beach. Bring a tennis ball or Frisbee and toss it into the water so your canine gets the added benefit of vigorous exercise.

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