Most pet parents would agree that the holidays just aren’t the holidays without every family member around – especially the four-legged, furry ones! And, this includes those Labor Day celebrations. Of course, these final summer blow outs might not always involve the most pet-friendly activities, so you just have to get creative. That’s why we’re looking at some exciting ideas to help you and your pet enjoy this end of summer holiday in style. Here’s what you can do together:
- Park or Beach Day – Seeing as Labor Day signals the official end of summer, why not spend the long weekend playing in the sun? Head to a dog park or a dog-friendly beach for the day, and soak it all in. Just remember not to over-exert your pup, and provide downtime with plenty of shade and fresh water.
- Hiking – Most national parks and forests are pet-friendly, so take your four-legged buddy on a trail adventure. Not only is it a great way to exercise, but it’s a fun way to keep your pet engaged with all of the exciting, new smells and activities along the way. You can even bring some fellow pet lovers and their furry companions for extra fun and motivation along the way.
- Dog-Friendly BBQ – Even if your friends aren’t hosting pet-friendly BBQs doesn’t mean that you can’t plan your own last-minute, pet-friendly grill out. And, while you’re considering your own four-legged companion, why not extend the same invitation to your friends’ pets? This is a fun way to celebrate the end of the summer season together while sharing some quality time with everyone, both two-legged and four. Just make sure you keep the human food out of reach, and plan for some tasty but separate treats for all of the pets. And, don’t forget to put out plenty of fresh water and maybe even a few new toys.
- Local Events – There are all sorts of dog-friendly Labor Day events happening around town, so don’t be afraid to do a little digging. Check local events calendars as well as individual activity sites, like parks, beaches, restaurants, resorts, parades, firework displays, etc. to see what is and isn’t dog-friendly. You might even look into some local pet play groups.
However you choose to celebrate this Labor Day, make sure you spend some quality time with your pet at some point so that you can both enjoy these final days of summer together. Trust us, they’ll love spending more quality time with you, and you’re sure to make some lasting memories as you bond. And, as always, make sure you put your pet’s safety first as you plan your Labor Day activities. Temperatures are still hot out there, and heat exhaustion is still a common risk. Also, remain hyper-aware of where your pet is and what they’re getting into at all times if you’re attending or hosting a party. The last thing you want is a trip to the emergency vet’s office!
Happy Labor Day!