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4 fun Father’s Day activities for dog dads so your pup can join the fun

Father's Day activities that the family dog can enjoy, too

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Dog dads, it’s your time to shine! With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect moment to plan your special day — with your four-legged friend. Since the weather is heating up, Father’s Day activities are a great excuse to get outside (which your dog will love, too), though quality time with your kids — whether human or canine — can be found just about anywhere.

These Father’s Day activities with dogs are just the right amount of adventure: You’ll get some sunshine and fresh air, but you won’t need to jump through hoops to do it. Whether you’re planning for yourself or the special dad in your life, you won’t go wrong with any of these fun ideas with dogs. Happy Father’s Day!

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Host a barbecue with your pooch for a more social weekend

Nothing says summertime quite like a backyard barbecue. Gather your loved ones, whether they have two legs or four, and stock up your menu with Dad’s favorite foods. Meats, sides, veggies, maybe something to drink — just make sure not to season any meat you plan on sharing with your pup!

In an enclosed, outdoor space like the backyard, you won’t have to worry about keeping an eye on your dog at all times. Plus, Dad can have a drink if he wants! If you prefer a park setting or don’t have a grill at home, just bring a long leash so your pup can chill without getting into trouble or taking off.

Fido will love all the attention he’s getting from happy partygoers, and Dad will love having his favorite company in one place. Who doesn’t love catching up with family? But the star of the show, of course, will be the delicious meal you prepare!

A man hugs and pets his beagle somewhere outside
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Dad-and-dog trip to the beer garden might be in order this Father’s Day

For dads who appreciate a pint of craft ale, a trip to your local beer garden will do just the trick for a Father’s Day treat. The best part? Your pup can come, too! No beer for them, of course — just lots and lots of love, and some water to whet their thirst.

Whether you surprise Dad with a small get-together, a formal tasting, or a few hours to himself, a beer garden could be the perfect place. What could be better than enjoying the sunshine, some brew, and your beloved furry friend?

While plenty of businesses, both big and small, allow and love dogs, outdoor locations like beer gardens tend to be safe bets. When in doubt, give them a call before you go! You wouldn’t want to drive all the way there for nothing, especially on a special day like Father’s Day. Don’t forget to bring some water and snacks for your pup to enjoy while Dad quaffs a cold one!

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Plan a camping trip with Fido if you’re the outdoorsy type

If Dad needs to escape daily life’s hustle and bustle, a bigger adventure might be in order. Luckily, dogs make the perfect camping buddies, so Dad will never be alone in the great outdoors. If you’re lucky, maybe the rest of the family will be invited, too!

Since pups are so present and in the moment, they’ll help you make the most of your time in nature. They’ll explore little places you’d never thought to look, and with their silly antics, you’ll smile the whole time. Whether the trip consists of hiking, fishing, or just relaxing under the stars, you can be sure your best furry friend will be right alongside you.

When camping with your dog, make sure to come prepared — for safety, ease, and fun. Puncture-proof hiking booties will preserve your dog’s paw pads, for example, but they look adorable, too. Other necessities to pack for a camping trip with your dog include:

  • Collapsible food and water bowls
  • Collar light for nighttime visibility
  • Food and water for your pet
  • A bed or mat for them to sleep on
  • Bags to pick up dog poop
  • Harness and leash for safety
  • Blankets, toys, or other comfort items

Before taking your canine companion hiking with you, it’s smart to double-check the rules of where you’re staying. If there are leash laws or any dangers to look out for, make sure you know about them. With a little preparation and research, you’ll have the time of your lives.

Jack Russell terrier in lounger dog bed.

If camping is out of the question, a day trip or afternoon outdoors can be just the thing to refresh you both

Not every dog (or dog dad) is up for a whole camping trip — and we don’t blame you. It’s a lot of work to pack, drive, unpack, pitch a tent, and then some! If you’re a father who’d rather spend his day spending a minimal amount of effort, you can always opt for a much shorter outing with your furry friend.

Whether you go for a walk on a dog-friendly beach, take a road trip with your buddy’s head out the window, or spend an hour relaxing together in a hammock, your four-legged friend will be so happy to be included. That’s the beauty of Father’s Day – -you get to do whatever you want!

Fur babies aren’t always thought of when it comes to Father’s Day, but there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be included. They’re still your babies, after all! Plus, spending time with his dog is sure to make Dad smile, whatever they’re up to. Pups aren’t picky. They’ll love just being along for the ride. Whether Dad is looking for a low-key day or a weekend-long adventure, you’ve got plenty of pup-friendly activities to consider. Enjoy your weekend, dog dads!

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