Spring comes as a great relief after long, unforgiving winters. Daffodils come into bloom, the smell of freshly-trimmed grass makes for a welcome scent, and your canine companion can’t quite get enough of the outdoors.
Between keeping your dog healthy as the temperature rises and indulging in a handful of spring cleaning, here are four pet-focused activities that deserve to be on your April to-do list.
Fish for Bass
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but just ask Fishing Fido. If your outdoor-loving pup is a natural at “sit,” “stay,” and “drop it” commands, there’s no reason they can’t learn to angle alongside you.
Sporting breeds, in particular, have a knack for bass fishing and even duck hunting. When teaching your dog to fish, establish boundaries with your gear. Keep dangerous materials, such as hooks or lures, away from your four-legged angling assistant. Reels and tackle boxes, when sealed, are a little more pet-friendly.
Teach them appropriate boat manners—not every dog will take to the water as naturally as others. Finally, familiarize your pup with the target species. Consider which game fish put up a bigger fight.
Go for a Dip
If you live in a coastal area, there is no more popular activity than a beach trip. Alternatively, landlocked residents can hit hiking trails adjacent to freshwater lakes and rivers.
Keep in mind that not every dog owner will consider the potential dangers of beachgoing—so you’ll want to review these safety tips. First, you’ll want to keep your dog hydrated. While it may seem counterintuitive to pack several water bottles when you’re hitting the beach, saline water can pose severe health issues.
Second, keep your pet protected from the sun with dog-specific sunscreen. Keep their eyes doubly covered with a hat or umbrella.
Finally, supervise your dog’s swimming activity. Take frequent breaks and keep an eye out for coral, jellyfish, and other hazards.
Plan a Pet-Centered Holiday
Nowadays, pet-friendly accommodation is all the rage. If your Easter holiday calls for a trip across the state or country, destinations such as San Diego, Albuquerque, Sedona, or Key Largo are rife with pet-focused activities.
If you and your dog are avid beachgoers, consider hitting the Dog Surfing Competition in San Diego, which draws in competition from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For the more daring duo, you can take on one of many challenging trails in the mountains of Sedona.
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Enjoy a Staycation
Who says a well-planned staycation with your couch-surfing pup can’t be as rewarding as an extravagant trip statewide? A makeshift garden course makes for simple and fresh off-leash fun. An active dog will never object to an afternoon of frisbee or competitive tug-of-war session, no matter the occasion.
If you live in a smaller apartment, consider a pet-safe bake-off or brand-new puzzle toys.
Bring on the Springtime
Whatever the case, there is no springtime activity your dog won’t enjoy. If heading out of town, ensure that your pet is in shape via a veterinary tele-consult.
Otherwise, there are dozens of other ways to enjoy the fresh breeze, a kiss of sunshine, and the tickling scent of freshly-bloomed flowers from within your area.