Activities For Dogs In Hawaii On Nice Days

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Introduction

If you have a dog, are in Hawaii, and it's nice out, there is no reason you shouldn't be outside soaking it up! Whether you live on the island chain or are just visiting with your furry friend, there are plenty of activities to partake in on a nice day, which, given that Hawaii has some of the best year-round weather of any state, isn't hard to find. Thankfully, the Aloha State has plenty of natural beauty to take advantage of, from the towering volcanic mountains to the gorgeous gradients of the blue-green ocean, so all you need to do it figure out what you'd like to explore and head to the highlands or the shore!

Breach the Beach

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
20 - 120 min
Items needed
Towel
Dog Bags
Ball or frisbee
Fresh water
Activity description
Okay, this one might sound a little obvious, especially considering Hawaii boasts 750 miles of beaches, but that doesn't make it any less worth mentioning: if you're in Hawaii with your dog, go to the beach! Numerous great beaches are dog friendly and provide more than enough space to walk, run, play, or splash about on the shoreline. Bringing a ball or Frisbee is a great way to get both you and your dog some exercise in the sun while taking the natural beauty of the trees, sand, and ocean. Plus, compared to regular grass, the sand giving way under your feet means you have to work that much harder to play, which also means it's a better workout. Playing on the beach is super easy thanks to the almost universal accessibility, it's free, and can last a short time or up to an entire day if need be.
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Pick your spot
Picking the right beach comes down to two main things: what island you're on and whether or not it's dog friendly. While it's easy enough for people to island hop, it can be a bit more work with dogs in tow, depending on how you get there and how comfortable they are with the travel method. So to save some trouble, try to stick to whatever island you're on and do some research beforehand. Figure out what is close and what is labeled as dog friendly, taking note of the leash requirements as well. There's nothing that spoils a good time like being stopped or getting a ticket! You should also consider what toys you plan to bring if any. Our advice is to choose toys that won't sail too far off course and float, lest you want to potentially disrupt other beachgoers or lose your toy to the ocean.
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Span the sands
When you arrive, stake out a spot where you won't bother other beachgoers, then drop your stuff and get to it! Use the shape and depth of the beach to your advantage. If you need more stability or want to provide an extra challenge for your dog, move closer to the water and get the Frisbee or ball close to the water so they have to traverse through some to fetch it (as long as they're comfortable). Make a game of it if you want to stay entertained yourself as well. Just make sure you and your dog aren't in the sun too long, especially if you're not a native. Make sure to drink lots of water and take rests in the shade so you can enjoy yourselves without issue.
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
15 - 90 min
Items needed
Stand up paddle board
Swim suit
Towel
Activity description
While there are certainly plenty of things to do on dry land, Hawaii is surrounded with hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline and with it, an endless amount of blue ocean water just waiting to be explored. A boat is certainly a possibility, but if you want to get that much closer to the largest body of water on Earth, the Pacific Ocean, paddle boarding can be a great way to do so, especially if you have a courageous canine companion to do it with. There are some caveats with this activity, however. First, you should be confident that your dog is okay with being on open water, let alone on something without sides. Anyone who has tried other water-based activities should already have a good idea of their dog's comfort level. Second, make sure you take a lesson or two first if you haven't already. There's nothing harder than trying to learn something new with the difficulty of a dog involved as well. Third, make sure they're not too big or heavy to fit! Otherwise, stand up paddle boarding is a great way to get adventurous, as it's relatively cheap, moderately easy with the help of an instructor, and can be done for long periods of time, as well as with friends!
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Do your research
While there are plenty of places on several Hawaiian islands that offer stand up paddle boarding lessons, or paddle boarding in general, not all of them are keen on bringing dogs aboard. Make sure you do research ahead of time to figure out which places will allow you to bring your dog along and what their recommendations/requirements are. You should also do some research to find out what the water conditions are on that specific day, as well as the locations you are looking at. Some locations are better for more experienced paddle boarders who are looking to catch some waves, compared to others who may be more focused on getting out into the easy-going waves further out.
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Get to it
Once you've found an appropriate place to go, gear up and hit the road. When you arrive, make sure you have someone to watch your dog while you test the waters to re-familiarize yourself with the movement and stabilization (if you've already gone in the past). If not, take a few lessons before having them jump aboard with you. Any dog that's comfortable on a paddle board will certainly be more confident when you're able to keep the board stable with them on it! Start in calm waters before trekking further out or towards the breaking surf. Once you get the hang of it, you can escalate the fun by tying to catch a wave or paddling out into new areas.
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Mountain Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
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30 - 180 min
Items needed
Water
Leash
Snacks
Hiking shoes/boots
Activity description
Unlike many of the rest of the United States, barring the likes of California, few states have the consistent combination of perfect weather year-round and gorgeous, mountainous trails to hike, which is what puts Hawaii in prime territory. Now, not all hiking trails are dog-friendly, let alone dog-appropriate, especially those particularly tough hikes that force you to climb or work around treacherous elements. But minus those exceptions, Hawaii is one of the best states to take in natural beauty and similarly beautiful weather. It's cheap (if not free outside of transportation costs), can be any difficulty depending on what trail you choose, and can last for up to several hours. Most should be saved for times of good weather to reduce any potentially hazardous conditions, but given that that is common a nearly daily basis, it shouldn't be hard to schedule one.
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Pick your trail
The biggest part of picking your trail is making sure it is both dog friendly and dog appropriate. If you have a small dog, you probably don't want to choose one that has a lot of uphill hiking, nor one that is too long and could potentially tire them out too much to finish. Make sure to check the weather conditions as well, including any potential volcanic activity that could cause issues with the air or land you plan to hike on. You should also make sure to have good hiking shoes and socks that will help your feet endure long hikes in warm weather. Pack some water, snacks, dog bags, and a leash in case it is a requirement for your specific trail. If the trail heads off numerous directions, make sure to have a map saved on your smart phone or a physical copy to refer to.
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Hit your trail
Once you've got everything prepped, grab your pooch and head over to the trail head. Double check all of your supplies as well as your map to make sure you're ready to go one last time. Then, leash them up if need be and start your hike. Make sure to stop regularly for rest and to drink water and give your canine companion some as well so they stay appropriately hydrated during your trek. If you want to document it, get an app that tracks your hike and don't forget to take pictures along the way so you can enjoy the experience again in the future.
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More Fun Ideas...

Explore Some Waterfalls

Thanks to the dramatic and vertical mountains located throughout the island chain and the natural movement of water, Hawaii is home to quite a few waterfalls you can hike to and swim in the basin of.

Dog Park Frolic

If your dog is social, take them to a dog park! Given the location, many are surrounded by beautiful views even in the city and boast plenty of friendly locals and visitors to share experiences with.

Enjoy a Restaurant

Thanks to the regularly beautiful weather in Hawaii, many restaurants are dog-friendly and offer outdoor seating to enjoy with your canine companion. Some even offer dog-friendly food to order for them as well!

Conclusion

Thanks to Hawaii's gorgeous year-round weather, finding a nice day there is as simple as finding a grain of sand, which means there are more than enough opportunities to take advantage of on the average day. While our list is only the tip of the island, as it were, there are certainly plenty more ways to enjoy some fun in the Hawaii sun and have a good time in the Dog-loha state.