One of the best reasons to take your favorite pooch with you on vacation (even if it is a home staycation) for the Easter or Passover holidays or Spring Break is for the guaranteed exercise you will get with your canine buddy at your side. Here are a few of the fun attractions that you can enjoy with Fido or Fluffy that will give you both a good workout.
Cici loves to zoom around the park every day… zoom zoom zoom… girl dogs just LOVE to run…born to zoom…
1. Tiptoe through the tulips at Mendocino’s Botanical Gardens
Between the tulips and other flowers, (over 150 varieties), Fido will enjoy a nice stroll with you to the beach. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are always welcome and enjoy free admission.
2. Romp amongst the waves and practice the dog paddle together at Carmel by the sea’s Carmel Town Beach. There are always plenty of dogs splashing, swimming, zooming and chasing one another. Plus the walk into and out of the beach will get all of your endorphins flowing.
3 Go kayaking … You can paddle up Big River in a canoe from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too, located at Highway 1 & Comptche-Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, 707-937-0273.
Enjoy a kayak tour through the bay with your pet, courtesy of Central Coast Outdoors in San Luis Obispo
4. Do doga together (doggie yoga)
The downward-facing dog pose is no longer just for humans.
5. Take a hike along the Asilomar Trail in Pacific Grove… Take your time and enjoy a casual stroll or pick up the pace for a fast, vigorous hike
Jughandle State Reserve features a 2½-mile self-guided nature trail called the Ecological Staircase. Starting by the ocean, this trail goes inland up a series of five ancient terraces formed by waves, glacier, and tectonic activity. The trail features an amazing variety of trees, since the ecologies of the different terraces vary widely.
Three miles south of Fort Bragg. Turn west off Highway One into the well-marked parking area. 707-937-5804
Some of the national parks are dog friendly and have hiking trails to trot upon as long as dogs are on leash.
6. Play catch or frisbee at the local dog park.
7. Go surfing together in southern Calfornia
8. Take dog agility classes at a doggie gym / sports center such as the Zoom Room in Monterey or Carmel Canine Sports Center, an athletic club for dogs and their people
World champions Wallace and Roo
9. Go to a canine getaway camp like the one in New York (Adirondack Mountains / Lake George)… The camps are held twice a year and offer dog-friendly activities including hiking, swimming in the dog-friendly pool, dog agility, canine freestyle dancing, karaoke and more. An all inclusive vacation, with three meals a day, http://caninecampgetaway.com
10. Manhattan aka New York City offers a wealth of self-guided walking tours, beaches, off leash dog parks and historic sites where dogs are welcome