When we get nice weather in Ireland it’s important that we make the most of it, and who better to spend the day with than your dog!
There are lots of fun things to do around Ireland that cost little to nothing and don’t involve a lot of travelling. There are even lots of fun activities you can do at home with your dog to keep them occupied.
Remember though, if it is hot then take a read of our Summer Safety Tips before you head off with your furry friend.
10 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog On A Nice Day!
#1. Visit the Beach
You could take your dog to the beach. I know not all beaches allow dogs, and a lot of the time you can’t let them off the lead, but this is still a great day out and if the sun is shining all the better.
You could take them for a nice long walk along the sand, play frisbee with them or throw a ball. Some dogs might even enjoy a paddle in the sea!
Remember to take plenty of poo bags, water, and a towel to try them after.
#2. Take a Long Walk
You could take your dog on a nice long walk into the mountains and get some great exercise. There are loads of quiet places you can go to where you would get a chance to let your dog have a nice runaround.
Always make sure you have plenty of supplies if you are taking a long hike and don’t forget to charge your mobile phone in case of emergency.
You may also decide to visit a local dog park if there is one in your area. Often these can be a better location to let your dog off the lead than on a walk or hike.
#3. Visit a Local Market/Fair.
Maybe there are some local fairs or events on in your area that are dog-friendly. Lots of farmers markets allow dogs to attend and heading there to do a bit of shopping is a great way to support local small businesses.
They are usually food stands, crafts and activities to check out. You could even grab some supplies for a picnic.
Note – If you are visiting Marlay Park in Dublin then head to the hot dog stand as they give you a free sausage for your dog with every hot dog.
#4. Go For A Picnic
There is something very relaxing about eating outside on a warm day. A trip to the park or the forest can be perfect for a picnic.
Try to pick a spot that won’t be too crowded, that is dog-friendly and that you can take a walk after or join in some other activities.
Remember to pack snacks for your dog so that they don’t try to eat all your food and we always take a nice blanket for everyone to sit on.
Review of the Montem Pocket Blanket
We have recently been using the Montem Pocket Blanket as an alternative to a traditional blanket when we take the dogs anywhere.
The polyester fabric means that leaves and grass don’t stick to, spills run off it and it’s more friendly when it comes to all those dog hairs.
We also let our dogs sit on it when they are on the sofa. It definitely protects it from dog hair and dirty paws. At 55″ x 60″, it’s a great size for large sofas.
To check out the Pocket Blanket Visit >> https://montemlife.com/product/fortem-pocket-blanket/
#5. Garden Play
If the weather is nice and you want to stay home and relax then you could play ball with your dog in the garden – maybe even set up a paddling pool for them to play in. If it gets really warm, then why not get the hose out and play with them or set up a sprinkler system for them.
Make sure your dog is up for a water game though, lots of dogs are scared of water and would rather play a different game of maybe fetch or hide and seek.
There are lots of puzzle games on the market if your dog prefers something less active to do. They are great for mental stimulation and can be great fun for both you and your dog.
#6. Make Some Homemade Dog Treats
If your dog doesn’t like cold treats they maybe check out some of our home-made dog treat recipes and see which treat they prefer. They are all very simple to make and don’t require lots of ingredients. We even have instructions to make Dehydrated Dog Treats.
We also have a range of cat treats recipes if you have a cat you would like to make treats for.
#7. Join A Dog Training/Agility Class
If you want to spend time with your dog, then joining an agility class or a group dog training class can be a great way to spend more time with them.
It’s also a nice way to meet other dog owners and improve your dog’s skills.
Keep an eye out for upcoming classes in your area.
Note- if the weather is warm consider taking indoor classes in an air conditioned environment.
#8. Attend A Meetup/Event
Meeting new people who share a common interest with you is always fun and hanging out with lots of dog owners is the perfect way to spend the weekend.
Our monthly Paw Meetups are a great way to socialise your dog, chat with other dog owners and meet new people.
To find out when our next Paw Meet up is click HERE.
We would love to see you at the next one!
#9. Visit a Dog-Friendly Cafe
Ireland is becoming a lot more dog-friendly and we are delighted to see more cafes and bars opening their doors to dogs and their owners.
Our comprehensive list of Dog-Friendly Cafes highlights all of the locations around Ireland where you can enjoy a coffee, a cool beer or a slice of cake with your dog.
We hope that more locations become dog-friendly over time.
#10. Take A Trip
If you fancy getting away for a longer trip, then why not look for a Dog-Friendly Hotel in Ireland that you can visit. There are lots of different types of accommodation that you can now stay in with your dog.
Whether you prefer a hotel, self-catering accommodation or Glamping.