August means the summer vacation season is winding down, and although the weather will be getting cold and you and your sweetheart will be getting cozy in front of the fireplace before you know it, there still are plenty of warm-weather days ahead for you to get out and enjoy the fresh air together. Why not bring the dogs along for the fun? Here are 10 ideas for dates you can share with your dogs before the summer ends.
Let’s start with a classic date. A lovely picnic is always a popular choice. Picnics are versatile because they can be as casual or romantic as you want. They even make for perfect first dates, since they tend to happen in open and public places like parks, keeping awkwardness to a minimum. And of course, the park is also a perfect place to bring your dogs. Make sure to pack your pooch’s favorite toy along with your wine and cheese. If the conversation with your date takes a nosedive, you can always break the crushing silence by throwing a tennis ball.
In August, the summer blockbuster season winds down, and the studios dump out the flicks that aren’t as sure to be hits as the big tentpole flicks from a couple of months earlier. It doesn’t matter. The good stuff is outside anyway. Most cities offer some kind of outdoor movie series. Folks gather in the park to watch old classics on outdoor screens, and sometimes even just white sheets pinned up on a wall. (Trust us, it’s charming.) And of course, many of these events welcome dogs. No, dogs don’t all love cinema, but most of them do love being outside. Curl up on a blanket with your best guy or gal and your dog, and watch “Back to the Future” for the zillionth time, but this time in a park!
Wanna kill three birds with one stone? Here’s how you get in your exercise, your dog’s exercise and a hot date all at the same time: Take a hike. Whether it’s a short, casual hike with someone new, or a long, sightseeing trek with a long-term SO, hikes make for excellent exercise and terrific dates … and your dog is just dying to be your third wheel. Except not really, because third wheels are unnecessary extras, and the fact is that no hike can possibly reach its full potential without a trusty canine at your side.
No idea what skatejoring is? It’s also sometimes called “urban mushing,” and not only can you involve your dogs, but they are in fact crucial to the activity. Skatejoring is, simply, allowing your dog to pull you on its leash while you ride a skateboard. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but if you and your dog-loving skater boy or skater girl are looking for something new to try together, skatejoring with your dogs may be just the ticket.
Dog lovers/baseball fanatics, rejoice. Many MLB baseball teams set aside a special game each summer as Dog Day, when fans and their canine companions can enjoy a day at the stadium together. Most of the stadiums do this only once every season, but you don’t have to choose between bringing your dog and bringing your boyfriend or girlfriend. Bring them both! Baseball games are fun and casual date. And even if you’re the only one in the relationship who loves America’s pastime, chances are good that your SO has learned to at least tolerate the game. But it’s all the more reason to bring your dog along to keep him or her company.
A fun photo shoot could be a part of many of the other dates on this list, or a fun date for its own sake. Find a pleasant outdoor location that either means a lot to you and your boo, or just pick a spot that’s going to look awesome in your photos. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want. If you’ve got professional equipment to use, you can, or you could just bombard your friends’ Instagram streams some afternoon. Take a lot of photos in different combinations of you, your boyfriend or girlfriend, and your dog or dogs. Read our guide to photographing pets to make the most of your date.
Bars are baseline date destinations, so if you don’t feel like something more exotic, you can go this route and still include your dog. In any city or town where there are bars (i.e., literally everywhere), you usually can find at least one or two where dogs are welcome. (The search will be even easier if you don’t mind drinking with a hipster crowd.) And of course, many bars have outdoor patio areas where you, your date and your pooch can enjoy a pleasant summer breeze while you sip whatever it is you like to sip.
DOGA (DOG YOGA)
Are you feeling disconnected from both your significant other and your dog? Maybe what you need is to all get zen together as a group. Doga is an increasingly popular form of yoga involving people and their dogs. If you and your bf/gf are sick of doing downward-facing dog without your dog, why not drape your dachshund over your neck? Get some fresh air and take your sweetheart on a relaxing outdoor doga date.
If you’re a man or woman of means, you may have access to a sailboat. More likely, you have a friend who has a boat, and he or she will invite you and your boyfriend or girlfriend out for a sail. But you’ll refuse because you can’t find a dogsitter for the day, and as a responsible pet owner, you always put your dog first. Well, you can have your cake and eat it too. If you think your dog can handle the ocean spray, bring him along for the fun. Just make sure your pooch has his own life jacket, and that you know how to keep him safe. He’ll be your perfect sailing companion.
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Geocaching is sort of like a technologically modern scavenger hunt or treasure hunt. First, a geocacher finds a place to hide or bury a small treasure or cache of interesting items. Then, that person uploads the coordinates of the treasure location to a geocaching website for other geocachers to find using GPS devices. It’s a really fun way to turn an ordinary walk or hike with your date and your dog into an adventure with a specific purpose and goal. And if you’re searching for something pungent, your dog may even help you find it.
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