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The Ultimate Idea Guide to Father’s Day for Dog Dads

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to shine a spotlight on a special kind of dad—dog dads! As a devoted pet parent myself, married to a fantastic dog dad, I truly appreciate the boundless love and unwavering care these wonderful men provide to our canine companions.

While most people think of Father’s Day as a time to celebrate dads with human children, it’s also a perfect opportunity to honor those who dedicate themselves to the well-being and happiness of their furry children.

After all, dog dads do it all—from early morning walks to late-night vet runs, always ensuring their pups have everything they need. But what can you do to make this Father’s Day unforgettable for the dog dad in your life?

Along with choosing a unique gift that reflects his love for his furry companion, consider offering experiences and creating memorable moments together. Whether it’s a day filled with adventure or a relaxing break from the daily routine, we’ve got you covered.

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Here are 16 fun and heartfelt activities designed to celebrate the bond between dog dads and their loyal companions. Get ready to make this Father’s Day exceptional with special memories that will last a lifetime!

16 Father’s Day Activities For Dog Dads

Photo by - Bella at the summit of Sleeping Beauty Trail overlooking Lake George. NY
Bella at the summit overlooking Lake George

1. Plan a Dog-Friendly Hiking Trip

For the dog dad that likes to be outside, pick a scenic, dog-friendly trail and spend the day exploring nature together. Pack some snacks for both the humans and the dogs to enjoy on the trail.

This easy-going outdoor adventure offers a great opportunity for both the dog dad and his furry friend to stretch their legs, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy each other’s company in the beautiful outdoors.

2. Arrange a Professional Photo Shoot

A professional photographer can capture the special bond shared between a man and his dog in beautiful photographs. You can look for local photographers who specialize in pet photography or check platforms like Instagram for photographers with good reviews and a style you like.

Many photographers are willing to do sessions in scenic locations or even at your home for a more personal touch. This thoughtful gift will not only give them a fun experience on the day but also provide cherished memories they can look back on forever.

3. Organize a Doggy Playdate

Find a local dog park or a spacious backyard that can accommodate multiple dogs and their owners. You can coordinate with other pet parents to bring their dogs so that everyone, including the pups, can enjoy socializing and playing together.

Make sure to check the park’s rules and consider bringing toys, water, and treats to keep the dogs happy and hydrated throughout the event.

4. Take a Canoe or Kayak Trip

If your dog dad likes outdoor activities, a Father’s Day canoe or kayak outing may be in order. Many outfitters offer canoeing, or kayaking options where pets are welcome.

You can check local outdoor recreation providers or search online for dog-friendly kayak rentals in your area. Websites like BringFido can be a great resource for identifying pet-friendly water activities near you.

Ensure safety for both the dog and dad by checking if life jackets are available (you may need to bring your own doggy life jacket). Also find out if the dog is comfortable in the water. Some dogs have been known to jump out of the kayak.

We took Bella kayaking when we were at Lake George. You can read about it in our post: Lake George Kayak Co. – A Dog Friendly Review. - Picture of a gray dog in a life jacket in a kayak on a lake
Bella Kayaking on Lake George

5. Attend a Dog Training Class Together

Another fun Father’s Day activity is enrolling them in a dog training class together. You can choose from a variety of classes such as agility or obedience, which not only serve as great bonding experiences but also help improve the dog’s skills and behavior.

Look for local dog training schools or check online platforms that list classes near you. Participating in a class together can be a rewarding experience, giving both dad and dog a chance to learn new tricks and commands while strengthening their relationship.

6. Visit a Dog-Friendly Brewery or Winery

Yet another enjoyable Father’s Day activity for dog dads is visiting a dog-friendly brewery or winery. This allows your favorite dog dad to unwind with a drink in a relaxed setting while his dog lounges by his side. Many breweries and wineries now welcome dogs, offering a great atmosphere where all can enjoy the afternoon.

To find a spot, you can search online for pet-friendly locations. Some places might even offer special amenities for dogs, such as treats or a play area, making it an enjoyable outing for everyone involved.

7. Host a Backyard BBQ

Kick off a memorable Father’s Day by throwing a dog-friendly backyard BBQ. Extend an invitation to friends and their dogs, creating a festive and inclusive atmosphere where everyone, including the four-legged guests, can feel welcome.

Make sure your backyard is safe for pets, perhaps setting up a shaded area with water bowls and dog-friendly treats. For the human guests, grill up some favorites and have a variety of refreshments. This setup not only makes for a fun social gathering but also allows the dogs to play and socialize.

8. Plan a Beach Day

Plan a beach day at a dog-friendly beach. States like Oregon, California, Texas and Florida offer beaches that welcome dogs year-round. This is a great way to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf together.

But before heading out, check local guidelines to ensure dogs are allowed, if there are time restrictions or if there are specific areas designated for them.

Pack essentials like water, doggie bags, and maybe even a dog-safe sunscreen for both your and the dog’s protection.

A beach day can provide a fun and relaxing environment for everyone to splash around, play fetch along the shore, or simply unwind with the soothing sounds of the ocean.

9. Enjoy a Movie Night

For a cozy and unique Father’s Day celebration, consider hosting a movie night right in your backyard. Set up an outdoor projector and create a comfortable viewing area with blankets and pillows. Choose a selection of dog-themed movies that can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

This can be an excellent way to wind down after a day of activities, allowing everyone to relax under the stars. Don’t forget to provide snacks for both the human and canine guests, like popcorn for the people and dog-friendly treats for the pups.

10. Have a Picnic

Planning a picnic is a wonderful and laid-back way to celebrate Father’s Day with dog dads. Pack a basket with a variety of treats that everyone can enjoy, including sandwiches, fruits, and perhaps some cheese for the humans, along with dog-friendly snacks like carrots or homemade dog treats.

Choose a picturesque park where dogs are welcome, and bring along a blanket, some toys for the dog, and maybe even a frisbee or ball for some playtime.

Photo by - Block Island - Dog Friendly Things To Do - Bella sleeping on the ferry ride back to the mainland.
Here’s a picture of Bella sleeping on her dog dad on the Block Island Ferry.

11. Take a Dog-Friendly Boat Tour

For a special Father’s Day, consider taking a dog-friendly boat tour. This activity allows both dad and his dog to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the water. Look for local services that offer pet-friendly options like ferries, or private charters that welcome dogs.

Remember to pack essentials to ensure both dad and dog stay comfortable and hydrated, such as water, a leash, and a dog life vest if needed. A relaxing boat ride can be a great way to spend the day, creating a fun and memorable experience for both.

12. Explore a New Dog Park

For a refreshing Father’s Day activity, why not find a new dog park for dad and his furry companion to explore? Visiting a different park can be a great adventure, giving the dog an opportunity to enjoy a new environment, meet other dogs, and engage in social play.

This can also be a relaxing way for dad to connect with other dog owners, share tips, and enjoy the outdoors. Before you go, look up reviews to find a well-maintained park with good facilities and perhaps some interesting features like agility equipment or water stations.

Remember to bring along some water, dog toys, and maybe a few treats to make the most out of the outing.

13. Arrange a Weekend Trip

Book a weekend at a dog-friendly hotel that offers comfort and luxury for both dad and his dog. Look for places that cater specifically to pets, providing amenities like dog beds, treats, and pet services.

Choose a hotel in a location that’s close to dog-friendly parks, beaches, or hiking trails so they can explore the area together. Here’s a list of dog friendly vacation ideas in the USA.

14. Go on a Overnight Camping Trip

Alternatively, you can plan a weekend camping trip. Find a dog-friendly campground where they can set up a tent or park an RV. This option is great for those who love outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and sitting around a campfire.

Make sure to pack all necessary camping gear, including items for the dog like a portable water bowl, leash, and toys.

15. Attend a DIY Dog Treat Cooking Class

For a creative and fun Father’s Day activity, consider setting up a DIY dog treat cooking class for the dog dads in your life. These classes are a fantastic way to learn how to make homemade treats that are both delicious and nutritious for dogs. You can find or organize a virtual cooking class from a variety of online platforms that cater to pet-friendly cooking. Here are a few that we found.

  • Cozymeal: They offer an array of online cooking classes, including sessions specifically designed for making dog treats. These classes are led by professional chefs who guide you through the process, ensuring that you learn the skills needed to make a variety of treats your dog will love. Explore their offerings at Cozymeal.
  • Classpop!: This platform provides a specific class called “Puppy Pops and Canine Cookies,” which is perfect for those looking to make unique and tasty treats for their dogs. The class is designed to be fun and informative, providing step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. Check out this class on Classpop!.
  • WithConfetti: They offer a virtual “BYO Pet Treat Making” class, which is a great way to get hands-on experience in treat making. Learn more and book a session at WithConfetti.

16. Dine Out at a Dog-Friendly Restaurant

For a relaxing and enjoyable Father’s Day, consider dining out at a dog-friendly restaurant. This can be a wonderful way for a dog dad to enjoy a meal out without having to leave his furry friend behind. When choosing a restaurant, look for places that offer a welcoming atmosphere for both humans and pets, such as those with outdoor patios or special dog menus.

Before you go, it’s a good idea to check the restaurant’s pet policy online or call ahead to ensure they can accommodate your needs, especially if you’re planning on visiting during busy hours. Some restaurants may offer amenities like water bowls and dog treats, making the dining experience even more enjoyable for your canine.

Happy Father’s Day To All the Dog Dads

Whether it’s spending quality time outdoors, mastering the art of dog treat making, or simply relaxing at a dog-friendly café, make this Father’s Day one to remember.

And remember, the best gift you can give is your time and shared moments that turn into cherished memories.

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