Easter weekend is a time for reflection and celebration with friends and family, but at times the extra stimulation and activity can get a bit overwhelming for your fur baby. As Easter weekend comes to a close, all you want to do is relax and enjoy some dog cuddles, right?
We’ve compiled a list of some stress-free, dog-friendly activities for you and your dog to enjoy!
1. Pamper Day
Take your dog to the groomers so they can get the full spa experience – they deserve to get spoiled too every once in a while. Alternatively, you can set up your own at-home spa, with some of your dog’s favourite treats and toys at hand. If you do plan on washing your dog today, take a few extra moments to give them a nice head massage and extra belly rubs – your dog will love it!
2. Go to the park or beach
This is the perfect time to take your doggo out to a park, or the botanical gardens, or even the beach! After the President’s speech announcing the reopening of public areas like parks and beaches, it will be a nice change of pace for your beloved fur baby to have a run around out in the open. Remember to keep an eye on them at all times when you do go to these places.
3. Retail Therapy
Want to make your pooch feel extra special? Buy them a new outfit or toy to play with! A new outfit means that you’ll be stepping up your Instagram game this month (who doesn’t love seeing dogs in cute outfits?)! Another fun thing retail therapy exercise you could try is letting your pooch choose their own new toy. Find a pet shop that allows dogs inside, and browse the toy aisle with your pup on a leash. The toy that he likes the most is the one you buy! Just remember to ask for permission from the store owner first.
4. Fine Dining
Your dog deserves an Easter feast. Prepare their favourite meal for them and try dining together. If your pooch is well-mannered enough to eat at the table with you, this could be a very fun experience for the both of you. Alternatively, if you want to skip the extra kitchen work, you can go out to eat! There are more South African restaurants that are dog friendly than you think. Be sure to call ahead and find out if your local eatery is dog friendly, and if you’re lucky, you my even find one that has a special doggy menu.
5. Play a new game
If you haven’t done this yet, plan an Easter egg hunt. It may seem like a cliché, but it’s one that works every time. Make sure that your dog Easter egg hunt is before the children’s Easter egg hunt, to avoid your dog accidentally finding chocolate. You can hide his favourite treats and toys. Make sure that you follow along with your dog to ensure that he find all of the hidden treasures. You can also try a new game that you’ve never played with your dog before to create excitement for both you and your pup.
Think we missed a couple of ideas? Let us know in the comments, and enjoy your extra day off!