Activities For Dogs In Canada

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Introduction

Canadians love pets, specifically dogs. Each year, they spend approximately 4.1 billion dollars on their pets. Estimates show that over 50 percent of households in the country own a pet. Dogs are widely accepted in the country and there are numerous activities that owners can enjoy with their pets. Unlike many parts of the world where businesses do not allow dogs, many Canadian establishments welcome four-legged creature. This opens up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to enjoying fun activities that you can enjoy with your furry best friend. Lax regulations on where you can take your pet dog means far more opportunities to enjoy your pooch's company.

Hike The Many Trails

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1 hr
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Bottled Water
Bowl
Activity description
Everywhere you go in Canada you will find hiking trails that welcome dogs. Even the big name National Parks like Banff welcome pooches.  If you want to walk alongside a river, lake, stream, canyon, or through an Alpine meadow then you won't be disappointed. An afternoon hike with your best fur buddy is often an ideal way to bond and bask in the sunshine. Try to pick a trail based not only on your skill level but also your dog's. Some older dogs or pooches who are not in shape might struggle on a trail with a steep incline. Gear the trail towards your both your and your dog's skill sets so you can both truly enjoy the outing.
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Ideally, you will just need to pack a leash and collar for your dog for the hike but you might also want to consider packing a first aid kit in your car and maybe even a pack with hydration if you won't be hiking near a safe and clean water source.
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Enjoying the trail
Once you hit the trail, it's all about enjoying the moment. Relish in the fresh air and the beauty around you. Don't scold your dog if they want to chase a squirrel or take off after a bird. Remember, that you are both there to enjoy the lovely day in the sun. However, do not let your dog off the leash unless they have excellent recall skills. You don't want them getting lost while on the trail of an interesting scent.
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Ending the day
After your hike, you are probably both going to be tired. Spread out a blanket in the backseat or in your dog's crate so your tired canine can relax during the drive home. Most dogs will want to sleep after a fun afternoon of exercise. Once home, examine your pup for bugs or debris that may be stuck in the fur. Give them a nice brushing and they will rest better overnight.
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Dog Friendly Landmarks

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6 hrs
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Treats
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Activity description
Canada is filled with places that you can spend hours exploring with your dog. If you live in Vancouver why not enjoy this well-laid out doggy itinerary that you can share with your pooch? The city of Vancouver is a wonderfully canine-friendly city. There are over 27,000 dogs registered within the city alone. It is not uncommon to see a bevy of dogs on the city's streets when the sun is shining and the weather is mild. Some businesses even put out doggy bowls of water for all of the city's pooches to enjoy. If you want to enjoy the landmarks in Vancouver, it's time to leash up your canine buddy and head to all of the sites.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park
The Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park is a dog friendly location. One of the oldest tourist attractions in Vancouver, the site allows well behaved dogs who are on leashes. The park is home to the world's greatest suspension bridge. Your dog will be allowed on the bridge and every where else in the park except for inside the park's restaurants or the Trading Post Gift Shop. The park is open from 8 am to 8 pm.
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Hells Gate Air Tram
This is a great tram ride that you can enjoy with your pooch. All dogs riding the tram must be well-behaved or they will not be allowed on the tram. Remember to pick up any waste that your pal may produce and promptly dispose of it. Your dog is welcome to grab a refreshing drink of cool water at the 'Pup's Pub'. The hours of operation are from 10 am to 4 pm.
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Tour Gastown
Gastown lives and breathes history. Why not explore the area of old pubs and red brick buildings with your trusty pooch? Your dog can even grab a refreshing bowl of water after a long afternoon of walking. You can also take a guided tour of the area with your canine sidekick.
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Aquabus to Granville Island
Why not jump on the Aquabus to Granville Island were you can walk the streets and enjoy the quirky shops? There are handcrafted goods and tasty baked goods to enjoy. The Mainstreet Farmers Market is a must see. Just be sure to keep your dog leashed at all times and be ready to promptly clean up after your pup.
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Shopping in Toronto

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4 hrs
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Toronto is one of the dog-friendliest cities in the world. It is an ideal location to go shopping with Fido. Most shops will welcome a well-behaved pooch with open arms. Just be sure to have your dog on a leash and firmly under your control. Some small-dog owners use pet strollers to shop with their four-legged buddy. The strollers are specially designed for a canine. The dog has a comfy bed, room for a snack, and sunshade which is ideal when taking your pal shopping. The small strollers are also easily maneuverable through the region. However, such an item is completely optional for a dog and really only suitable for medium to small sized pooches.
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Manulife Centre
The Manulife Centre is a one stop shopping mall that welcomes dogs of all sizes. You can peruse furniture, clothing, and a variety of other items at a wide assortment of stores. You can even grab a coffee at the Centre's Starbucks. There is also a giant bookstore onsite that allows your pooch to explore the many aisles of books right alongside you.
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CF Shops at Don Mills
The CF Shops at Don Mills is a mall that is home to upscale, trendy stores that welcome dogs. The mall is a great place to head during the cold winter months to walk your dog and shop. All of the store welcome dogs as long as they do not sell food items.
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Bark & Fitz
Okay, this store is for your dog to enjoy. The Bark & Fitz store is a boutique store for canines. It sells holistic dog treats and a variety of other goodies. There are also eco-friendly supplies and even trendy apparel choices.
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Black Creek Pioneer Village

This is a historic recreated 19th-century village that is a blast for the whole family, including your dogs. The village is open from May 1 to December 23. Well-behaved pooches are welcome but they cannot enter the historic buildings. They also must be on a leash at all times. There are innumerable horses and livestock throughout the village, so please make sure that your dog does not bark at them or cause a ruckus. Your dog should be under your control at all times. Also, remember to pick up any pet waste and dispose of it. Dogs cannot be left unattended.

Pooch Spa Day

Do you enjoy a spa day on occasion? Well, your pooch is no different. At Toronto's Spaw Boutique, your dog can enjoy a day of massage and pampering. Your dog can enjoy a full grooming session or a simple pawdicure. Also, you can leave your dog there for the afternoon for a fun afternoon of doggy daycare while you seek out your own spa experience. They will even give your pooch a well-deserved doggy massage. Across from the Spaw Boutique sits a dog park where your pooch can strut their stuff after being prettied up at the boutique. It's also a great place for Fido to burn off some energy.

Conclusion

Canada is a great place to own a dog. There are so many activities that you can enjoy together that the choices seem limitless. It does not matter what time of year it is, there is always somewhere to go and something new to see. Your dog should know basic obedience on such outings. If your dog is a puppy, why not enroll them in obedience classes so they can learn some basic manners before you plan activities? When going on an outing, it is beneficial to carry a small backpack with dog treats, a water bowl, toys, and even food so that your companion is happy for the entire day.