After what seems to be the longest winter of all time, spring is finally here! That means it’s time to talk about the best spring activities to do with your dog this year.
Many dogs up north have been bored out of their minds this winter (and most of 2020) being kept inside.
Now that all the snow and ice is melting, they can finally stretch their legs and run in the grass for the first time in months.
So if you’re looking to get active this spring, check out these 20 spring activities that you and your dog will love to do together.
Go for a Hike
Now that it’s finally warming up, going for a hike is a great spring activity to do with your dog.
If you’re ambitious you can find a complex trail to get in a great workout.
Some of us aren’t ready for that yet, but there are plenty of easy trails to choose from as well.
If you’re in the New York area like me, you can check out my 10 favorite dog friendly New York hiking trails here.
Have a Picnic
If you love food, and your dog loves food, then you should definitely choose going on a picnic as a spring activity.
In between the April showers and May flowers, find a day where the weather is dry and head to your local park or field and lay down a blanket.
Pack your favorite foods that are safe for both you and your dog, and enjoy munching together while enjoying the fresh blooms.
Plant a Garden
Does your dog like getting dirty? If so, then why not take some time this spring to plant a dog friendly garden in the backyard this year.
There are dozens of beautiful, non toxic plants that are safe for your dog in case they decide to nibble or dig in the garden.
If you’re looking for a place to get started, you can check out my 10 favorite dog-friendly plants here.
Many people think of going camping in the summer and fall, but the spring is an awesome time to go camping with your dog.
The weather isn’t too hot yet, and you can probably get some really good campsite spots before the summer rush starts to come in.
I’ve done both tent and RV camping with Archie and Cali, but now that we’re getting older we usually take the RV.
If you want advice on some great campgrounds and camping with dogs, you can read about my experience here.
Take a Road Trip
Another great spring activity to do with your dog is take them for a road trip!
Now that the snow has melted across most of the country, you no longer have to worry about driving in icy conditions.
If you don’t have the time to drive cross-country, you can always do a weekend road trip to a national park near you or to a friends house.
Your dog will enjoy the spring breeze as they hang their head out the window, and you’ll enjoy taking a break from the daily grind.
Sometimes a simple change of scenery is all we need to feel better!
Originally I thought blowing bubbles was something you can do all year round.
But after the polar vortex of 2021 in New Jersey I realized that bubbles can freeze.
Now that it’s warmer outside, I’ll sit in the backyard and blow bubbles for hours as Archie and Cali eat them out of the air.
I’m not sure why dogs like eating bubbles, but I’m here for it.
Just make sure that if your dogs are eating bubbles that you buy a brand that is safe for them to eat. 😉
Does your dog like birds? Then head out to your local pond or lake with your dog to feed the ducks.
Chances are most of the birds have flown back up north, and they’re hungry from their journey.
Head to the dollar store or grab leftover peas and corn from the freezer to feed the birds with.
Feeding the birds bread will make them sick, so make sure to feed them veggies instead!
You’ll enjoy taking care of nature and I’m sure your dog will love barking and chasing after the ducks.
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is a great time to plan some fun spring activities to do with your dog.
One of my favorite things to do is hide some of my dogs favorite treats in plastic eggs and hide them around the yard for them to find.
Cali especially loves this game and is the master at sniffing out things.
This is a really great mental exercise for your dog and they’ll be exhausted the rest of the day.
Just make sure that your dog is eating the treats and not the plastic eggs!
They usually open pretty easily, but we all know that one dog that eats the opposite of what they’re supposed to!
Smell The Flowers
Another one of Cali’s favorite activities is smelling the blooming flowers during our walks.
This is a great time to stop and really appreciate the nature blooming around you.
We’ve all heard of taking time to stop and smell the roses, but Cali will take 5 whole minutes sniffing one flower.
Over time I’ve learned not to rush her as it seems like it’s something she really enjoys.
I’d rather her smell flowers than garbage anyway! If your dog likes smelling flowers, just make sure they stay away from pollinating bees.
Cali once ate a bee as a puppy and looked like she had a botox treatment for 24 hours.
A small dose of Benadryl will usually help if that happens, but always call your vet to be safe!
Get Some Sun
After a long, cloudy winter, the sun is finally starting to come out and show us some love.
Catch up on the vitamin D you’ve been lacking the past several months by lounging in the sun with your dog in the backyard.
Spring is my favorite time of year to soak up the sun before summer kicks in and it gets too hot.
This is also true for black dogs. Many hate the summer heat but will enjoy sitting in the springtime sunshine.
Visit a Farm
Another fun spring activity to do with your dog is visit a farm.
There are many farms and petting zoos that allow leashed dogs near the animals.
This is not only a great chance for you to learn about farms and other animals, but is also a great socializing opportunity your dog can have with other species.
However, you’ll want to make sure your dog is well behaved and won’t stress any of the farm animals.
To test this I put on a YouTube video of farm animals and see how my dogs react.
Cali is cool with farm animals, but isn’t a fan of safari animals. Archie hates horses, sheep, and goats, so we will be leaving him home when we visit the farm this year.
Walk a New Route
Dogs usually have a very repetitive routine. Try something different by walking a new route on their daily walk.
Dogs sniff to collect information about their surrounding area and the dogs that live there, so they’ll really enjoy the new sights and smells.
In addition, walking new routes around your neighborhood helps your dog learn the area.
So if they ever get lost close to home, they’ll be able to find their way back easier than if they never saw that block before.
Drive in Movie
One of the only good things to come out of COVID-19 is the resurrection of drive in movie theaters.
Since you’re sitting in your car in a parking lot, you can let your dog hang out in the backseat as you enjoy the movie.
Archie loves watching TV (unless there’s a horse in the movie), so giving him a giant one with the occasional bite of popcorn would be a dream come true for him.
In addition, I also like having my dogs in the car for safety reasons, so it’s a win for all of us!
Head to The Beach
Though it’s not warm enough to swing yet, going to the beach is a great spring activity to do with your dog.
Most beaches stop allowing dogs after Memorial Day weekend up until Labor Day, so take the opportunity to play in the sand before the summer comes around.
Make sure to dress in layers, since the beach is still pretty cold in the spring.
This is a great way for you and your dog to stretch your legs and get some fresh air after being locked indoors for the past year!
Do you enjoy visiting the local farmers market on the weekends?
Why not bring your dog to tag along?
Since most farmer’s markets are outdoors, they are also usually dog friendly.
Though there may not be much to do for your dog, it is still a great way to practice their socialization and training skills like “sit”, “stay”, and “heel”.
Learn a New Outdoor Trick
Now that all the snow has melted and we can see grass again, it’s time to start outdoor training!
There are plenty of fun outdoor tricks your dog can learn like hoop jumping and tunnel running.
If you’re ambitious enough, you can build a mini obstacle course for your dog in your own backyard.
However, if you’re looking for something more temporary/portable, you can get this obstacle course beginner set (affiliate link) from Amazon.
It comes with 28 pieces including tunnels, weaving poles, ropes, and adjustable hurdles! I’m definitely ordering one of these as soon as I’m done with this post!
Spring Clean Your Dog’s Things
Though not very fun, spring cleaning is a part of running a successful household.
Part of that household cleaning is doing a deep clean of all of your dog’s things.
This means stripping and washing their beds and blankets, disinfecting their crates, and cleaning their smelly dog toys.
If you want to do it all, you can also give your dog a fresh bath, nail trimming, and teeth cleaning.
Visit a Winery
If you’re more of a wine kinda gal, there are several dog-friendly wineries around the US to get boozy with your pooch.
Don’t forget this cute wine bottle toy from Amazon so your dog doesn’t feel left out.
Cork Hounds is a website specifically designed to find dog friendly wineries in your area, so be sure to check them out.
Another fun spring activity to do with your dog is take them on a shopping spree!
Many stores have brought in their spring and summer fashions, so now is the time to grab what you like before your size is gone.
Worried about taking your dog? Check out these 38 dog friendly stores in the US you can bring your bestie to.
Play in the Sprinklers
The last spring activity to do with your dog is play in the sprinklers!
I used to love doing this as a kid, and it turns out dog’s love it too!
Depending on your dog and the type of sprinkler, your dog may do all sorts of funny things like eat water out of the air and chase you with the sprinkler in their mouth.
This is a fun, cheap way to beat the heat, and your dog will have a blast the whole time!
I hope this list helped give you some great spring activities to do with your dog this year.
Which activity on this list is your favorite? What are you excited to try? Let me know in the comments!