11 Tips for a Dog Friendly Picnic

The weather is warming up and it’s a perfect time of year to get out and about with your favorite canine companion. Picnicking with the pooch can be a fun and relaxing way to spend time together. We have compiled some tips for a dog friendly picnic that are sure to make your next outing a success!

Tips for a Dog Friendly Picnic

Tips for a Dog Friendly Picnic

  • Choose a Dog Friendly Location – Of course, make sure the place you are picnicking allows dogs. Dogs are not welcome in all locations, so check before you go. Once there, check the vicinity for any potential dangers for your dog like trash, bones and toxic plants. Dogs can become very ill from ingesting certain plants like rhododendrons, lilies, tulips, azaleas and sago palm.
  • Shade and Sunscreen – Choose a location with plenty of shade available or bring your own with a pop-up canopy or tarp. Remember, dogs can sunburn too, especially light furred and thin haired dogs. Generously apply sunscreen to noses, ears and bellies.
  • Bring Toys – Keep your dog occupied with toys. A bored dog can be a nuisance at best and destructive at the worst. Perhaps choose toys you can play with together.
Dog toys can keep your dog entertained on a picnic
  • Lots of Water – You will need plenty of water and a bowl. Playing in the hot sun can work up a tremendous thirst. Be sure you bring along enough water for everyone at the picnic.
  • Poop Bags – I can’t stress this enough. Don’t forget the poop bags! One of the most important tips for a dog friendly picnic is to keep the area nice for the next picnickers.
  • Insect Repellant – Even with all that fur, your fur baby is susceptible to mosquito bites. There are a ton of natural bug sprays on the market for dogs made with essential oils.
  • Bring Food – Since this is a picnic and the purpose of the picnic is to share food with friends. Why not bring along all dog friendly foods and share with your best friend? Unseasoned turkey or chicken is an excellent choice. Prepare carrots, blueberries, apples, and other fruits and vegetables safe for dogs.
  • Walk the Dog – Be sure to exercise your dog prior to the picnic. He will be excited leaving the house and have energy to let out. Sitting still at a picnic site may not be the best plan for an excited dog. Let him stretch his legs first and you will both have a better time.
Take your dog for a walk to settle them down before a picnic
  • Bring Dog Treats – What picnic is complete without dessert? While you are having yours, give Fido something special too. Maybe a favorite treat or a long-lasting chew.
  • Leash and Tags – Even at an off-leash park, you should bring a leash for those “just in case” situations. Otherwise, you can use the leash to tether your dog while you’re eating or your attention is elsewhere. Anytime your dog is outside of your home she should be wearing a collar with ID tags.
  • Grab a Blanket – A blanket is multi-purpose. It can be a bed for the dog or a towel if they get wet. Be sure to bring a separate blanket for the picnic spread.

With these tips for a dog friendly picnic and a beautiful day, you are sure to have a great time. Nothing beats good food and fun spent with great friends and there is no better friend than your dog. So, let’s get out there and enjoy the weather.

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