Activities For Dogs In Kansas On Nice Days

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Introduction

The midwestern state of Kansas sees all sorts of weather throughout the year, some more pleasant than others. When you wake up to a nice day in Kansas, you and your pup will likely want to take advantage of it and have some fun outdoors. The 15th largest state in the US by area with over 82,000 square miles, Kansas has plenty to offer when it comes to outdoor activities for you and your canine companion. These activities will help your pup (and you!) get some exercise and allow for you to spend some quality time together.

Visit Heritage Park

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Dog Treats
Waste Bags
Frisbee or Ball
Activity description
A trip to the park is always a good way to spend a nice day. Heritage Park in Olathe, Kansas includes an off-leash area for dogs that your pooch will likely enjoy. The off-leash area is 30 acres of fenced open space that even includes a small pond. Your canine companion can run and play with new friends or engage in a game of fetch. You can access the off-leash area from all park entrances. In addition to running and playing in the off-leash area, and your pup can also take a nice walk around the rest of the park on their leash.
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Plan your visit
Depending on where you are in Kansas, some planning may be necessary for your visit to Heritage Park, which is located in Olathe. You can easily get directions to the park online; if you plan to head to the off-leash area first, the entrance at 16240 Lackman Road offers the closest access. In your planning, make sure to keep in mind that the park is closed for maintenance on Tuesdays from 5am to 9am.
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Get packing
Consider what you will need for your trip to Heritage Park and get everything together before you leave. A leash will be necessary so that you can walk your dog around the main areas of the park and into the off-leash area. You will also want to bring waste bags to clean up any mess that your pup makes. Water and a water dish will be important; after all, your pooch will likely be running around and need to quench their thirst! Bring along a ball or Frisbee so that you can engage your pup in a game of fetch while in the off-leash area. It is also a good idea to check the weather forecast and make sure you have the right clothes to be comfortable at the park while your dog plays.
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Sniff and explore
Upon arriving at Heritage Park, you can choose to take your pup to the off-leash area immediately, or explore the park together while your pooch remains on-leash. If you plan for enough time at the park, you should be able to do both! Your canine companion will appreciate taking in new smells while walking through the park and will love the opportunity to run and play in the off-leash area the park offers. Sit back, relax and enjoy the nice weather and the sight of your best buddy having a blast!
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Hike The Trails

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Sunny Day
Free
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
Taking a walk with your pup is a great activity for most people and their canine companions. After all, you can choose the pace that you walk and go for as long as you like, making it an activity that works for most folks, regardless of their physical abilities. A great place to go for a walk in Kansas is Wyandotte County Lake State Park in Kansas City. In this park, rolling trails line the hills above the lake; the trail system also provides quick access to Wyandotte County Lake Park shelters. In a large wooded area on the east side of the lake, right before Shelter 9, you will notice the trailhead with several options for trails. The trails all interconnect and loop back to the beginning. Packed dirt makes up most of the trails, although some sections are made of gravel and rocks. Biking is also popular on the trails so keep your eyes out for bicyclists! An off-leash dog park is available on the park's west side.
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Plan and pack
Your plans for your visit will depend in part on where you are in Kansas. Visiting Wyandotte County Lake State Park may be easy and something that you can do regularly, or something that will require some extra planning. Before leaving for your visit, you will want to be sure that you have the following packed to bring along: a leash, treats, water and a bowl and waste bags. Check the weather before you head to the park; should rain or cooler weather be anticipated, it is a good idea to bring a rain jacket and an extra layer.
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Scout for trails
Once you arrive at Wyandotte County Lake Park, you can search for the trails. Before Shelter 8, in a large wooded area located on the lake's east side, you will come across the trailhead for WyCo Single Track Trail. Once you arrive at the trailhead you will see that there are multiple trail options, all of which interconnect with one another. The trails in the park are all well marked and maps are available throughout the park so that you can find your way. Biking, fishing and picnicking are popular in the park, and you will likely come across many folks engaging in these activities.
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Enjoy outdoor time
Once you arrive at the park and trail, it is time for you and your pup to explore. Make sure to allow your pooch the opportunity to take in the new smells that they encounter and walk at a pace that works for them. If you are finding that you are not as energetic as your dog, you can bring your pet to the off-leash dog park on the west side of the park, where your pup can play on their own while you will enjoy watching them have a good time!
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Kansas Dog Parks

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Sunny Day
Free
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Frisbee or Ball
Activity description
The dog park is an excellent place to visit when the weather is nice. Fortunately, the state of Kansas has many dog parks, one of which may be just what you and your pup are seeking. One such park is the Salina Animal Shelter's Dog Park in Salina, Kansas. This park is fully fenced and includes an obstacle course for your dog to practice on. Pups will enjoy the attention of other animal lovers as well as the thrill of the obstacle course. Another great choice is the Shawnee Mission Off-Leash Dog Park. On 53 acres of land, the off-leash area has a dog swim area and natural surface trails that run through grassland and more wooded areas.
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Choose a park and plan
With so many dog parks available in the state, it can be hard to choose which park to visit. Each will have different things to offer; whether it is water for your pup to splash in, agility equipment, shady areas or something else and you can choose what park you think is the best fit for you and your dog. Once you have decided on which park to visit with your pooch, any required planning will depend on where in Kansas you are in relation to the dog park you have chosen.
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Prepare for the adventure
When visiting a dog park, there are a few things that you will want to have with you. Water will be important so that your dog will be hydrated even when running and playing at their max. A bowl will make drinking easier for your pooch so it is good to bring that along as well. You are required to clean up after your dog, making waste bags an imperative. Should your dog not be interacting with other pups in the park, having a ball or Frisbee can be helpful so that you can engage them in a game of fetch.
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Have a blast!!
Chances are that once you are at the dog park, you will be able to sit back, relax and watch your pup have a great time. While you are entertained by the antics of your pup and any new friends that they have made, you can enjoy the nice weather. Make sure to keep an eye on your pup to be sure that they are not being aggressive towards other dogs in the park and be sure to regularly offer them water to be sure that they remain hydrated. By the end of the adventure, your companion will be content and ready to rest!
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Visit Boulevard Drive-In Theatre in Kansas City

In the evening, when the weather is nice, why not enjoy a movie with your canine companion? Boulevard Drive-In Theater in Kansas City offers a double feature of first-run movies on weekends from April through October. Your dog must be well-behaved and on a leash to attend. Make sure to bring cash to the theater as they don't accept credit cards. Then spend some quality time with your pooch while seeing a movie or two that you have been waiting to come out. The drive-in is the location of an outdoor flea market held on Saturdays and Sundays year-round, which you and your pup can check out as well.

Visit Prairie Lavender Farm

Most pups enjoy the chance to check out new smells; why not treat your pooch to the scent of lavender? Located in Bennington, Kansas, the Prairie Lavender Farm is a small farm that focuses on producing limited amounts of handmade lavender products, seeking to create the highest quality at the most reasonable price. You and your pup can visit the farm, enjoying the sight and the smell of the beautiful purple plants. Make sure to keep your pup on their leash and bring waste bags to clean up any messes.

Check Out The World's Largest Ball of Twine

Located in Cawker City, Kansas, the World's Largest Ball of Twine is quite a sight. The unique attraction is more than ten feet tall and weighs near 20,000 pounds! You and your dog can visit as long as your dog is leashed. For additional fun, you can bring your own twine and help the ball increase in size by adding to it. Visitors, both human and canine, are welcome 24 hours per day. Find out what your pup things of the biggest ball they have likely encountered by taking them to check this out!

Conclusion

It should not be difficult for you and your pup to enjoy a nice day in Kansas. The state offers a variety of dog parks, hiking trails and other activities that you and your pup can do together outdoors. You should be able to find plenty of options no matter where you are in the state. Not only will you and your pooch get some exercise, you will also be able to revel in one another's company, further developing your relationship. And of course, you will both have some (okay maybe a lot) of fun!