The life of a dog can seem all too fleeting. One minute they’re a bouncy pup, the next their greying around the muzzle and taking it slow. So it’s important that we make the most of their time and celebrate each living moment with them.
One of the ways you can do this is by writing down all the things you want to do together with a bucket list.A bucket list allows us to think about how we can give our dog a full life. Creating enriching experiences that you can both enjoy. Making memories together that will last a lifetime.
We’re teaming up with Animal Friends to create a bucket list that any dog owner can follow month-by-month in 2022. Alternatively you can use as inspiration to create their own. Ready for it? Adventure awaits!
Try a new dog sport
Dogs need physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep active and healthy. Dogs love their daily walks, but there’s so many more activities out there that you can try together.
Some activities allow you to get fit together, such as running with your dog (canicross). Others are suitable for dogs with extra energy, like agility and flyball. Then there’s sports like paddle-boarding and dog yoga which you can enjoy at your own pace.
Why not commit to one for the year? Not only will it challenge your dog’s mind and body but it makes that canine-human bond even stronger. Who knows, you might even find yourself a new hobby in doing so!
Date with your dog!
Our bucket list would be incomplete without celebrating the furry love of your life. Pack up a picnic and hike up a mountain for a scenic sunrise. Or head out to a dog friendly pub together after a long walk (bonus points if they have a doggy menu).
Take a look at our doggy date ideas in preparation for Valentines. Or head over to our website to find somewhere to visit together.
Train ride together
Many dog owners don’t realise that our national train-lines are dog friendly. This means there’s so many places to explore together. Why not pick a destination 1-2 hours away? Who knows what adventure you could have together!
There’s also many steam-train attractions that are also dog friendly. Such as Bala Lake railway that runs alongside the stunning Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) in Barmouth. Or Peak Rail which allows you to explore the Peak District without breaking a sweat!
Dog Furiendly explorer Pippa David has a dog who absolutely adores trains. Pippa explains that; “Whenever one goes past her ears prick up and and she looks around desperately to try and see it.”
She loves them so much that for her 5th birthday Pippa took her dog to Brighton on the train and on her 7th birthday they went to a miniature railway with her other doggy friend.
Visit a castle
A day out at a castle is a fun change of pace for you and your dog. Not to mention it’s the perfect setting to get yet more photos of your floofer.
Many of the UK’s castles open their doors to our furry paws. Allowing them to revel and smell all the history and culture. Together and your dog can explore castle ruins, and walk on some beautiful grounds. Other castles will also allow you both indoors to explore the castle together, such as Caerphilly Castle in South Wales.
Picnic with your pooch
When the sun is shining, a picnic in the park is always plenty of fun. Pack picnic bits for both humans and dogs, and set out to find a spot with a view.
If our typical British weather kicks in, don’t let the gloomy weather stop you. Enjoy a picnic indoors with your pooch. Even better, build a fort with plenty of snacks inside for both you and your dog to enjoy.
Enjoy a dog festival
We are a nation of dog lovers. So it’s no surprise to hear about festivals where the dog can go too. Better yet, festivals where it’s all about the dog!
One of our favourite doggy festivals taking place June 4th-5th is Dogstival. You’ll find this festival squirrelled away in Hampshire’s market town Romsey. The weekend will be bursting with dogs living their best life and trying new activities. Will your dogs be one of them?
Fancy a music festival? Standon Calling is totally dog friendly. The festival has welcomed headline acts such as Bastille, Primal Scream and Craig David. They even have a Dog Show featuring on the weekend line-up.
Can’t get to a festival? We have no doubt there’s a local dog show you can enjoy together around the corner.
Go Camping or Glamping together
There’s plenty of picturesque camping and glamping sites to enjoy across the UK. Many of which welcome our furry friends with open arms. It’s a wonderful way to escape from daily life and to connect with the positive vibes of the woods and evergreen nature.
New to the excitement of camping? Have a read of our top tips for camping solo with your dog.
Visit a beer garden
It’s summer. The sun is shining, and you’re itching to spend some time in a dog friendly beer garden. These places are great for grabbing a bite to eat, wearing a pair of sunnies, and clutching a cold drink all with your pooch in tow.
Get your paws on some pints and make the most of the great weather. A beer garden is the perfect place to relax and refuel after a long walk or run. Hydration is essential after all!
Take a look at our recommendations of the best dog friendly beer gardens in England, Wales and Scotland. We hope that the weather will be absolutely pawfect for you.
Trip to the beach!
Take advantage of the great (or not so great) weather and let your furry best friend enjoy the sand and sea. Take note of the weather forecast before you go, and be sure to keep your pooch hydrated.
The UK is littered with beautiful dog friendly beaches, some of which you may recognise from the silver screen. For example, St Andrews West Sands Beach features in Chariots Of Fire and dogs are welcome every day of the year.
You can also visit Durdle Door in Dorset where Nanny Mcphee was filmed with your pooch. Similarly, Rhossili beach in Swansea has featured in Doctor Who and is accessible to four legged friends year round.
Pick a pumpkin
In preparation for a spooky October with your little werewolf why not visit a pumpkin patch?
A lot of people don’t realise but many pumpkin patches are dog friendly. Making this the ideal way to spend a cold October day with your pooch. Don’t forget to take plenty of photos. The autumnal tones and colours of a pumpkin patch are a pupfluencers dream!
Visit a coffee shop
Sometimes coffee is all that can cheer up a drizzly and dreary November day and why should our dogs have to miss out?
More and more coffee shops are now becoming welcoming of our pooches. Many provide dog bowls with water and if you’re lucky even puppacinos or treats!
Visit a Christmas market
Get in the seasonal spirit by taking your own Santa Paws around a Winter Wonderland. Many Christmas markets take place outside, so many of them welcome our furry best friends.
However, Christmas markets do get very busy. It is advisable to go at a quieter time to avoid any unnecessary stress for your pooch.
Check out our selection of the best dog friendly Christmas markets in the UK. There’s no doubt that you and your dog will be simply having a wonderful Christmas time!
What do you think of our 2022 dog friendly bucket list?
Is there anything we’ve missed out that you can’t wait to try? Let us know in the comments!