Everyone’s excited to get out and about this summer. And more than ever, it’s your pet’s turn to take the lead. So, here are five activities and adventures to embark on together.
Explore a pet-friendly wildlife park
You don't have to travel to a distant part of the world to introduce your pet to exotic animals - Oxfordshire will do.
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens has over 250 different species, including Penguins, Crocodiles, Meerkats, Otters, Prairie Dogs and free-roaming Sloths. It is set in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.
Dogs are allowed as long as they are always on a lead, although they can't visit the Bat House, Reptile House, Children’s Farmyard or areas with free-roaming animals.
Surfing with your dog
For many people, it's not summer without an adventure by the sea. If you're a surfer you could try taking your four-legged companion with you. And if you've never surfed before this is a chance to do something new and take your dog along for the ride.
US-based dog surfing school Dog Surf Ricochet has some tips on how to prep your dog for the surfboard.
The Paws on the Beach event in North Devon has hosted the first doggy surf school in the UK in the past but it's only held once a year.
If you want to try to teach your dog yourself with a rented surf board, make sure the rental firm is OK with a dog joining you.
As you'll see from Ricochet's tips, the training can take a bit of time so don't expect to get your dog in the water on a board immediately.
And bear in mind that some dogs might be reluctant to stay on the board or enjoy being in the say, so it might not be for every hound.
Not all dogs are natural swimmers so it's a good idea to put a life jacket on your pet before jumping in the water. And keep an eye on how long they spend in the water, dogs can inadvertently swallow seawater and too much can make them ill.
Join the world big dog walk challenge
Bought By Many pet insurance is sponsoring the World Big Dog Challenge, which celebrates pets and owners getting out and about in September while raising money for charity.
The World Big Dog Walk Challenge calls on owners to pledge the miles they will walk with their dog in September with the goal of the total miles collectively lapping the circumference of the Earth.
Owners can walk as little or as far as they want but it's a great opportunity to find some new walks, head to the hills or just enjoy your favourite local walks. And if they want they can donate money to charity to help a number of causes, including Dogs Trust and Street Vet.
Join the adventure to see how far you can walk during September either in a day, a week or throughout the month and lend a paw to dogs in need at this difficult time. You can sign up now.
Create an obstacle course in your garden or plan an adventure day
Why not take your training up a notch by creating an agility course at home?
You can buy a slalom run, a jumping ring, a hurdle and a tunnel online or use everyday objects like boxes and cricket stumps to build a course. Here's a handy guide on how to build your own obstacles and agility course.
If you feel it's too much hassle to create your own course or you don't have space, you can book an adventure day for your dog. See if you have a local agility training club to find out if they organise adventure days. Be sure to check if they have any requirements because of Covid-19.
We found one in Grafham Water. Grafham Water Canine Adventures organises adventure days for owners and dogs. It starts off with an agility session in the morning and in the afternoon you to learn how to bike with your dog and try canicross. You can bring lunch with you and have a picnic by the lake or drop by a cafe.
Take your dog on a date
The greatest adventure is falling in love and if you're single, your pet might hold the key to finding a partner.
If you're planning a socially distanced date you could ask the person you're meeting if you can bring your dog.
Going on dates with your dog can be a nice ice-breaker and it's a great way to see if a potential partner will get on with your other true love. A romantic picnic in a park where dogs can run around while you get to know someone new - can you think of a better date?