It’s been a long winter, but the days are getting longer and little by little the temperature is rising. That means there are some exciting things for you and your best fur friend to do.
We’ve broken down a few ideas for you to ponder as you and your dog venture out seeking fun in the sun.
1. Hungry anyone?
We’re not quite there yet, but spring is right around the corner, and that means… dining al fresco! Luckily, there are SIXTY-SIX (!!!) pet friendly restaurants in the Madison area, according to Bring Fido
The list is extensive and can viewed via the links below, but here are some top-rated eateries
Some of Tabby & Jacks personal favorites include, but are not limited to:
Wisconsin Brewing Company - large outdoor beer garden with live entertainment!
Most pet-friendly restaurants allow dogs when the outside seating areas are available in the warmer months. If you have a big dog, it’s best to double check with the venue first to make sure that there isn’t a size limitation. Better yet, before bringing a dog of any size, always call first in case any rules have changed.
And of course, bringing Fido along to dine means good doggy manners are in order – which brings us to the next (and best?) activity for you and your dog…
5. Don’t underestimate the simple walk people!
Walking is GREAT exercise for both you and pooch. Did you know that a 130lb person burns 80-90 calories per half hour just from walking briskly? Even better, a dog is bonding with you when you walk together. Their wild ancestors roamed in packs and simply “traveling” with Fido helps cement their relationship with you as part of the pack (always remember – you’re the alpha!).
Better yet, if you have a friend in the hood with a dog, take a group walk that will keep Fido socialized. Establish regular walking times with your “pack” if you can. It’s great fun and everyone reaps the rewards.
Great on leash hiking
As we’ve discussed before, it’s never too late to brush up on old tricks and learn new ones. The time spent with pooch is great for both physical and mental stimulation. And best of all, it reinforces the bond of dog and master.
According to Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, a dog is most content when he/she knows its role and place in the relationship. His or her desire to please and learn from you is a healthy one and should be nurtured and rewarded! Read more here to reap the rewards of adult dog training.
3. Feeling fenced in?
A simple Google search will yield you literally dozens of dog parks in and around the Madison area. Dog parks are great for the pet that needs to stretch their legs but may not have a big enough yard to get regular rigorous exercise. It’s also a great way to keep your dog (and you!) socialized and getting along with their canine cohorts.
However, not everyone is a fan of dog parks. Diseases can be shared as dogs play and share water, toys, etc.,
And not all dogs play well all the time. Everyone has their bad days and it’s a really bad day for a tiny toy who gets on the bad side of a grumpy German Shepard. With that in mind, lots of supervision is necessary, just in case!
Thankfully some local dog parks, like Capital Springs Recreation Area in Madison, have sections (3 acres at Capital Springs!) fenced off for small dogs only. Be sure to do your research before you venture out, as the city of Madison requires that dogs older than 5 months have a license and a permit to visit.
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And if you’re just in the mood for a beer (no food)...
4. Why not be productive and have some fun at the same time?
You can check buying healthy pet food off your to-do list and treat your dog to a fun and friendly outing when you visit your local Tabby & Jacks!!
Pets on leash are always welcome, and we are here to help answer your pet nutrition questions. Visit us in Fitchburg and Middleton, and our brand new store in Stougton.
Playgroups! We provide playgroups every Saturday morning at our Middleton and Fitchburg locations. Cost is $3/dog. 9AM for small dogs, 10AM mixed size dogs. Here's more info