As the Aunt to a 6-year old little boy who has everything and has seen everything, keeping him entertained over the school holidays can be quite a challenge!
I often have only one option left… his love for my two dogs: an elderly Chihuahua and a somewhat hyperactive Basenji mix. But even then, what can we do with the animals over the school holidays? The trick is to stop thinking about your usual indoor activities and look outside the box. Here are some ideas.
1. Puppucinos at the park
A great way to start the morning is with a Hot Chocolate (for you) and Puppucinos (for your pooch) at the local dog cafe. While a quick Google search will help you find your closest dog-friendly coffee shop, my personal favourite for Sydneysiders is Cafe Bonesin Leichardt. Sitting at the edge of a off-leash dog park, it’s a great place to relax while your dogs have a bit of a play and socialisation.
2. Bush walking adventures
If you’re looking for dog-friendly activities that will keep you active and fit as well, bush walking is my go-to. There are so many little bush trails that you can explore with your dog (on lead, of course). For your furry friend, bush walking is the epitome of amazing smells and funky things to roll in. For my nephew, it’s just great to be outdoors… of course asking a zillion questions about everything we encounter!
Just make sure your dog is up to date with their parasite control, especially tick prevention. There are lots of creepy crawlies hiding in the bush.
3. Beach trips
Trying to escape the heat of summer? Take your pooch to the beach with you and go for a dip together. Just make sure the beach is dog-friendly, because otherwise you can face some pretty hefty fines. A personal recommendation for a great doggy beach is Budgeiwoi up on the Central Coast!
If you’re going out on a hot day, don’t forget to bring plenty of water with you for you and your furry friend. Collapsible water bowls are great because they’re light weight and easy to carry around with you.
4. Outdoor markets
Love shopping? Find out where the closest outdoor markets to you are and take your furry friend with you. Your pooch will enjoy the attention and pats of other marketgoers, and you’ll get to spend a nice afternoon together. Also a perfect opportunity to find those last minute Christmas gifts!
5. Doggy fun days
If your dog enjoys being in the spotlight, there are lots of doggy events at this time of year… Whether they be rescue fundays, agility courses or dog races, they’re a great way to spend some time bonding with your furry friend!