Choose your pet for guidance & info
Choose Your Species

8 Outdoor Activities to Enjoy with Your Dog

It’s no wonder we refer to dogs as our best friends. They’re loyal companions that love to be a part of our routines and hobbies — including some of our favorite outdoor activities.

These eight ideas will help strengthen the bond between you and your dog while you both enjoy the great outdoors.

1. Take a hike.

Ah, hiking. It’s easy to get started with this beginner- and dog-friendly activity; just be sure to consider your dog’s size and energy level before embarking on a hike. For smaller dogs and breeds that require less exercise, choose a shorter path with flatter terrain. If your dog is bigger and has more energy to burn, you can work up to longer hikes with more hills.


2. Go camping.

Nothing beats a star-filled sky, a chorus of crickets and sharing the warmth of a crackling campfire with your trusty canine companion. Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your dog while enjoying everything nature has to offer. Many campgrounds welcome pets and are often located near lakes and creeks, which is a fun treat for any dog that loves water.

3. Go for a ride.

If your dog is especially active, they may enjoy running alongside you as you pedal your way around town. Before biking with your dog, make sure they are comfortable walking next to the bike — and don’t forget the appropriate leash.

4. Try a different kind of hunting.

Geocaching is a unique activity in which you use a GPS receiver and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “caches,” in various outdoor locations. Your dog already has a nose for adventure and will love joining you on this modern-day treasure hunt. Not sure where to start? Find a smartphone app to embark on your geocaching journey.

5. Dine together.

Lots of restaurants have become dog-friendly, and whether you try a new spot or go back to a tried-and-true favorite, you and your dog will enjoy sharing a meal al fresco. Alternately, pack a picnic (and some NUTRO™ dog food for your canine buddy), and share a meal in the park.


6. Plan a park playdate.

Not only will your dog bond with you, they’ll fit in some quality time with other four-legged friends. Many dog parks have large and small dog play areas, so no matter how big your dog is, they’ll have a blast (and expel some energy) running around outside. Bonus: You’ll get some human interaction, too.

7. Explore a farmer’s market.

Find a local market, grab your dog’s leash and enjoy a little outdoor shopping trip. If you get hungry, you can even buy a healthy snack to share with your pup, like blueberries or an apple.

8. Hit the road.

The best thing about going for a drive is that the weather doesn’t have to be picture-perfect to enjoy it. Make sure your dog is safely secured in the car, roll down the windows and let them feel the wind in their fur.

Your best friend loves being by your side. So, next time you want to venture outdoors, don’t be afraid to bring your dog along for the fun.

A Note about Your Dog and COVID-19

In these unprecedented times we are all concerned about each and every member of the family, including the four-legged ones. Our friends and expert partners at Waltham Petcare Science Institute have been working tirelessly to provide their scientific insights surrounding coronavirus. Please follow this link to Waltham's latest guidance on how to care for your pet during Covid-19.


Was this article helpful?