A man hugs his dog; celebrate father's day for dog dads

Not enough dog dads get credit on father’s day for the hard work it takes to be a great pet parent. Celebrate Father’s Day by spending some quality time with your favorite fur-child.

How to celebrate Father’s Day with your dog

Go to the park

Whether you go to a regular park or an off-leash dog park, getting out of the house and exploring with your dog is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. If you take your dog to an off-leash park, it gives them a chance to socialize with other dogs while also giving you a chance to socialize with other humans. 

Go for a walk

If you enjoy exercise and you spend time working out by walking or going for a jog, take your dog with you to burn off some energy. Dogs can get overheated very quickly so take into consideration the outside temperatures and your dog’s physical fitness level to determine the best distance for your stroll. Also, bring some water and snacks-for both you and your dog-to use as extra energy while you’re out.

Go to the lake

The sand, the surf and the sun are a super way to celebrate your dad’s day. If your dog doesn’t know how to swim, take some time to get them familiar with the water. Check out our blog for some tips. Be sure to pack a lifejacket and some fresh water, and find a shady spot for your dog to rest while you’re fishing.

Go camping

Planning a Father’s Day weekend camping? Why not take your dog along on your great outdoor adventures. Some tents even come equipped with a special doggy tent for your dog to sleep in. Be sure to use a flea and tick preventative on your dog and check your dog thoroughly for ticks throughout the weekend. 

Go on a bike ride

If you have an active dog, then taking them on a bike ride is a great way to exercise them and wear off some of that energy. It can be challenging to ride a bike while also holding a leash so take some time to practice with your dog before heading out on a cruise. Start out slowly and gauge your dog’s physical fitness level and the temperature to determine how long of a bike ride to take. If you have a small dog, consider putting them in a bike basket and taking them on a ride.

Take your dog on a boat ride

Throw in some lifejackets — for you and your dog — and head out for a day on the water. Make sure to keep an eye on your dog at all times while boating, especially if your dog hasn’t learned to swim. Remember to pack some water for your dog to drink while out boating. Kick back and enjoy spending time at sea together.

Cookout playdate 

If you’re planning on having a cookout on Father’s Day, and you have a fenced in backyard, set up a playdate with a buddy and their dog. The dog dads can enjoy some drinks and grilling, while the dogs can enjoy some playing and fun. Be sure to treat the dogs to some Bully Sticks during your barbeque. 

Television and snacks

Turn on some Netflix, grab some popcorn and some freeze-dried treats for your dog, and get ready for a relaxing day on the couch. Maybe even pick out a movie both you and your dog will enjoy, like Marley and Me.

From all of us at Vital Essentials, have a Happy Father’s Day!