For many of us, Labor Day is the last real summer hurrah and we want to celebrate Labor Day with our dog! And with fall closing in and cold weather on the horizon, many people choose to venture into the great outdoors. But what about our four-legged friends? While cats might be less on the adventurous side (or maybe yours is?) dogs are almost always up for anything. Why not bring your canine friend along for the journey? Better yet, why not schedule a doggy vacation that you and your pup can enjoy together?
If you’re not sure where to get started, here are five ways to celebrate Labor Day with your best friend.
Probably the easiest and least expensive thing to do with your dog. Most trails will permit dogs (though it doesn’t hurt to check and make sure beforehand), and this gives you both the chance for some exercise. Dogs will also love this as it gives them a chance to exercise the old sniffer in the process. They’ll take in the smells while you take in the sights! It’s a win-win for you both!
2. Start a Dog-Stagram (Instagram)
If both you and your pooch are a little more of the homebody sort, start a dogstagram account! Take pictures of your dog doing all sorts of funny things, or even just normal dog things! It will get you involved in a really awesome social media community, and if you link your IG to your twitter account, you’ll get to enjoy some canine love two-fold! It may also inspire you to get creative with your photoshoots, like dressing your dog up or putting flower crowns on! We advise using thornless, safe flowers though! Please don’t hurt your dog trying to get good pictures!
Like hiking, this is a wonderful outdoor activity for you and your dog as well as some friends! This is a great way to socialize and catch up with friends and family, and it’s even better when there are more dogs for your pup to socialize with too! Camping also paves the way for numerous other outdoor adventures like swimming, the aforementioned hiking, some outdoor cooking (of which there are safe options to share with your pup) and more! Just make sure both you and your dog are equipped against the elements. Things like insects and poisonous plants can cut the fun short very quickly in the event an emergency vet visit is needed.
4. Labor Day Spa Weekend
The best part about this option? You can do this at home or go out, especially since Labor Day weekend will undoubtedly be loaded with specials and sales to get you to leave your house. There are plenty of dog spas out there to pamper your pup and a few where you and your canine friend can go together!
While this leans toward the more expensive options for Labor Day activities, you’ll at least leave relaxed and ready to face the long trek of workdays that face you until Thanksgiving!
5. Trying New Things
With three days available to you, now might be a great time to try new activities with your dog. Any of the above are great ideas, but perhaps you’ve always wanted to try baking dog treats! Or you want to try a new toy? Or maybe get a membership at your local dog park? The sky is the limit in these instances, and you may just end up finding a new hobby you and your dog love by doing this! Remember, at the end of the day your dog really just wants to spend time with you, so just about anything you try they’ll likely be down to join you.
What do you play on doing this Labor Day Weekend? Will your dog be part of your plans?