Activities For Dogs In Maryland On Cold Days

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Introduction

Maryland, unlike many states, is a very dog-friendly location. The state is home to numerous canines and kitties. It is also a great place to vacation with Fido because of the many accommodations that welcome pets. If you are planning a getaway to the state, be sure to call ahead to make reservations because the pet-friendly rooms often book up well in advance. Maryland is beautiful year round. Many people enjoy visiting in the autumn, winter, or spring months to avoid the tourist crowds. There are also numerous activities to enjoy with your pooch even if the weather is a bit cold.

Barcstoberfest

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4 hrs
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Activity description

Every October, when the leaves start to change, and the weather turns cold, the annual Barcstoberfest in Baltimore's Patterson Park occurs. The event is entirely pet-friendly. Over 3,000 people and their pooches attend. There is a 5k run and also a one-mile-walk-a-thon that you can participate in with your dog. The event also hosts numerous vendors, a beer garden, various activities, and even a pet Howl-o-ween contest where you can dress up your pup in their very own holiday costume. You can make the festival an all-day event, or you can visit for only an hour or two. No matter how long you plan to attend, the chances are good that you and your canine will have a thrilling time. 

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Arrive and begin
When you first arrive, there are going to be a lot of people with their dogs so it is imperative that you immediately put a leash on Fido. If your pooch is small, then you might want to transport your little buddy in a pet stroller as you make your way throughout the crowds. If you and your pooch are in shape then you might want to participate as a team in the run or walk events. If you opt to participate in the event then you and your pup will receive free entry into the event's dog-friendly beer garden. Registration and check-in typically start at 7:30 a.m. The race time is at 9 a.m.
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Music and a drink
The beer garden is completely dog-friendly. You can enjoy a cold beer or a refreshing beverage while you and your pooch listen to the live music performances. All dogs must remain on a leash in the beer garden. No retractable leashes are allowed. Be sure to promptly pick up after your dog if needed.
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Fun events
You can participate in an outdoor yoga class with your pooch. Be sure to bring your own yoga mat. The event is open to everyone, even an inexperienced pup. Your dog must remain on a leash for the entire class but it is still a fun activity for you and your furry buddy. Pack your dog's Halloween costume so your canine buddy can attend the pet costume contest. It is a cute event for humans and animals. Organizers charge a $10 admission fee to participate. You can even dress up in a matching outfit with your pooch and join in the amusement.
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Wine Event

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2 hrs
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The Wine Bin is located in Ellicott City in Maryland's Howard County. The establishment welcomes wine aficionados, along with their well-behaved pooches. The first Friday of the month from April through November the Wine Bin hosts what is known affectionately as the Yappy Hour. There are ample doggy treats, wine for the tasting, craft beers to enjoy, and even live music. The event runs from 6 to 9 pm. Admission to Yappy Hour is free, but they do accept donations for local pet charities. Each Friday there is a different charity that benefits from the event, which is always present to let attendees know about the plight of many of the state's less than fortunate canines. 

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Bring along your pup
When you first arrive at the Yappy Hour you will need to leash up your pet. Do not bring your canine on an expansion leash. However, if you have a small dog your pooch can ride in a pet stroller. Be aware of others as you enjoy the venue, taking care to notice your pet's signals at all times.
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Socialize and enjoy
The event offers wine tasting and craft beers for humans and your thirsty pal can also enjoy a drink of water and even a dog treat that volunteers hand out in abundance. Most dogs love the socializing and grabbing the treats from the friendly people.
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Pick a seat
One of the fun things about the event is that you can sit at one of the many tables with your canine by your side and people watch while you sip your drink. There is always a large turnout of animals and their human owners. It's also a fun way to socialize with other dog owners. Allow your companion to take part in the meet and greet while brushing up on their skills.
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Cromwell Valley Park

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1 hr
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Doggy Waste Bags
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Picnic Lunch
Activity description

The Cromwell Valley Park is a great place to visit in the autumn when the leaves are changing colors or in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming. It is a popular dog oasis. Canines must be on a leash at all times. You can explore the 460 acres of pastureland, gardens, fields, hills, orchards, and woods. Many bird lovers enjoy coming to the park to watch for the variety of songbirds that frequent the area. It is also not unusual to see white-tailed deer or red fox. If you should see any wildlife, please keep your dog calm and do not allow your companion to bark at the animals. 

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Hit the trail
At the park, your dog must remain on a leash at all times but some people do use retractable leashes or they allow their dogs to ride leashed in a pet stroller down the trails. As you start your adventure, remember to respect wildlife and nature as you explore the area.
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Take in the scenery
During the autumn, the trees turn brilliant shades of red, bronze, orange, and yellow. In the spring, the orchards are filled with blossoming trees. You will want to stroll through the various locations with your pooch and take plenty of lovely photos. Allow your dog to pause and take in the scents of the area.
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Picnic
Even if the weather is cold you can still pack a picnic lunch and enjoy snacking with your beloved pooch. There many picnic tables located throughout the park where you can rest with your canine companion. Once your pup signals they have had enough, pack up, taking care to leave the area pristine.
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Baltimore Ghost Tours

If you are curious about the haunted history of Baltimore then why not take your canine companion on a Baltimore Ghost Tour? You will tour Fell's Point and learn about the sailors and immigrants who once frequented the area. Many legends abound and some claim that ghosts of the enslaved shipbuilding crews still haunt the premises. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the tours. You cannot take your pooch into the haunted pub tours, though. Be sure to dress in a coat and gloves to stay warm if it's a cold night. Your dog might benefit from a doggy coat or sweater. Once the sun sets, the nights can become cold even in the autumn and spring months. 

Hagerstown Premium Outlets

The Hagerstown Premium Outlets region, located in Maryland's Washington County, is a beautiful place to explore on a cold day with your pooch. Dogs are not allowed in the actual stores but it is a fun place to sit, and people watch with your pooch in tow. You can also enjoy strolling together to window shop. Frequently there is a pop-up grooming service that offers to pamper your pooch. You can have your dog's nails done or even opt to go with a full grooming session for your furry buddy. You can also grab some food from vendors to enjoy with your pal while you explore the area. 

Conclusion

Maryland is filled with activities to enjoy with your dog no matter what the weather conditions. You might have to advance plan when picking out things to do but, undoubtedly, you will find numerous functions to keep you and your furry buddy busy.  Maryland weather can start to turn cold in the autumn months. Winter can be very brisk. When spring arrives, even if the days are sunny, the nights can become chilly. Ideally, you should always dress in layers when on an outing with your pooch so you can peel the layers off if you become too warm. Also, don't forget to put a doggy coat on your four-legged companion.