Labor Day is just around the corner, and I’m sure many of you are wondering what to do. I know you are wanting the activity to be pet friendly, so you and your dog can enjoy the long weekend together. One great idea is to go to a dog friendly beach and hang out! You could start a barbecue going (where permitted) and invite friends and family. Just make sure to keep the pets away from the grill. There are some great off leash beaches in Huntington Beach and Long Beach, for those of you who live in Southern California.
If you have a large backyard, consider throwing a dog party! Event like these require little preparation, since most of the “scenery” will be dogs running around happily. Dog parties are the primary way to get to know other dog lovers in your neighborhood. Be sure to mention this party to the people at the dog park. And, of course, don’t forget about your friends and family.
Going camping with your dog is a relaxing way to enjoy the bond you share. Nature allows you two to have fun and look up at the stars together. A plus is, you’ll be (relatively) alone in the wilderness, so don’t worry about people disturbing your weekend. There will be TONS of new sights, sounds and smells to check out, that I’m sure your dog will go wild over. Sleeping in a tent together will be a new experience, and one for the books! During the day you’ll go on adventures, keep in mind, that you’ll be responsible for your dog 24/7. Of course, this can be a pain, but it is for you and your pet’s safety. He/she must be on a leash and in your sight at all times. Some places make you crate your dog while in the tent or in the car for short periods of time. Check out: http://www.zoedoggy.com/product-category/crates/ . If you don’t like the idea of crates, make sure someone is in the back seat holding the dog down. At the campsite, you won’t be able to go anywhere without him, which might limit your options for fun. Although not every campground allows dogs, visit http://www.reserveamerica.com/ for more information about state parks and http://www.recreation.gov/ for national parks. You should be able to find campgrounds in virtually any setting: forest, lake, mountains, beach, grasslands, etc.
Another fabulous idea is to go on a mini vacation with your dog to a hotel. Dog-friendly hotels are convenient for travelers, but if you’d like to enjoy a relaxing weekend with your buddy, consider an inn or bed and breakfast. There will be no stress in this environment, and you can sit back and relax while watching the sunrise and your morning cup of coffee. However, if your idea of a vacation is tanning poolside after a massage, book a weekend at a pet-friendly resort/spa, where your pup is guaranteed to be pampered as much as you are. You can both visit the pet friendly salon for haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, pedicures/manicures, massages, etc. This type of adventure can be incredibly expensive, but you and your pet are worth it? Be sure to visit http://hotels.petswelcome.com/california/ for a list (by city/town) of pet hotels.