Dogs are not just animals, but they (and of course other pets) are a part of the family. And just like any other family member, we want to include them in our daily activities and have fun with them. But often it's hard to come up with ideas for activities that everyone can enjoy together. We’ve made a list of some fun dog-friendly activities for the whole family.


Hiking and nature walks

Hiking and nature walks are great ways to spend time with your dog and get some exercise. Many state and national parks allow leashed pets on the trails, so you and your family can enjoy the beauty of nature together. Before you go, make sure to check the park's rules and regulations regarding pets and bring enough water and snacks for you and your furry friend.


Picnics and BBQ

Plan a picnic or BBQ in a nearby park and bring your fur baby along for the fun. Just make sure to keep your dog on a leash and supervise them at all times, especially if there will be children or other pets around.


Doggy daycare or play dates

If you have a social dog, they will enjoy doggy daycare or play dates with other dogs. This can be a great way to get your dog socialized and make friends while you're busy with other things. Many doggy daycare centers or boarding facilities offer playtime, which is a fun and safe environment for your dog to socialize with other dogs.


Beach or lake days

If you live near a lake or beach, spend a day there with your dog. Many beaches and lakes have designated pet-friendly areas, where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash. Just make sure to clean up after your pet and watch them closely to ensure they don't get into any trouble.


Training classes

Enrolling your dog in a training class is a great way to bond and have fun together. You and your family can learn new skills and tricks and work on obedience together. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated.


Dog parks

Dog parks can be a great place for socialization, exercise, and training for your dog. Many have separate areas for small and large dogs, and some also have agility equipment and obstacle courses. Before visiting a dog park, check the rules and regulations, some require dogs to be vaccinated and licensed. Supervise your dog and make sure it’s well-behaved around other dogs and people.


Dog sports

Dog sports such as Agility, Flyball, and Dock Diving are great ways to get in some active time and exercise. These activities offer a variety of physical and mental challenges for your dog, helping them stay mentally and physically fit. Many local dog clubs offer training and classes in these sports, so you and your dog can learn and compete together.



Volunteering with your dog can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. Many organizations such as therapy dog groups, search and rescue groups, and animal shelters welcome dog volunteers. Your dog can help cheer up hospital patients, bring comfort to the elderly, or even help detect drugs or find missing people.



Camping with your dog can be a great way to bond and spend quality time together. Many campgrounds allow pets and have designated pet-friendly areas where dogs can run and play off-leash. Just be sure to check the rules and regulations of the campground and take the necessary precautions to keep your dog safe.



Create lasting memories with your dog by taking photos of you and your dog together. Whether you have a professional camera or just a smartphone, you can take great photos of your dog. You can also enroll in a pet photography class or workshop to learn how to take better photos of your dog. You might also want to check out our tips for a home photo shoot with your pets.

Including your dog in your daily activities is a great way to strengthen your bond with them and make memories together. From hiking to picnics, beach days to training classes, there are plenty of pet-friendly activities that the whole family can enjoy together.
January 16, 2023