Activities For Dogs In Mississippi On Nice Days

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Introduction

Mississippi is in the heart of the Deep South (of the United States). Due to its location, different parts of Mississippi experience a variety of weather patterns at any given time. Of course, June, July, and August are guaranteed to be sweltering hot months. Yet, Mississippi weather can be unpredictable at times too! North Mississippi experiences much of the same weather that Memphis experiences. Snow seldom makes an appearance in Mississippi, but it is much more likely in North Mississippi. Central Mississippi is often quite warm, and snow is rare in places such as Jackson and Meridian. The southern part of the state is much like New Orleans and Pensacola - winters are mild and summers can be downright brutal. Does this mean nice, pleasant days are rare in the Magnolia State? Well, it depends on exactly where you are in the birthplace of rock and roll and the time of year that you happen to be there. However, dog owners should take advantage of these nice days in Mississippi as they can be rare.

Let's Go Walking

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
doggie waste bags
Activity description
Mississippi has an abundance of beautiful places for people to walk with their dogs. One's local neighborhood is perhaps the best place to take a stroll. You'll encounter neighbors, and the familiar territory promotes a feeling of safety. Local parks in even the smallest towns in Mississippi often boast a walking track. You will need to keep your dog leashed while you walk (in addition to cleaning up after them), but this is also a safe alternative to walking in your neighborhood. However, many Mississippians own substantial property on which they can take a stroll with their pup. Here, you can let your dog off the leash for leisurely fun.
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Get prepared
First, grab your doggy waste bags, the leash, and some bottled water. Be sure to have enough water for both yourself and your dog. Even on nice days in Mississippi, the heat can be a factor for brachycephalic dogs or dogs with other respiratory issues.
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Get going
If you are walking for your health as well as your dog's, you might want to keep in mind that your dog might not be able to walk as much as you can. It is best to go for a few trial trips in order to gauge how much walking your dog is up for. With high-energy dogs, such as a Dalmatian or a Labrador Retriever, you will find the dog might outlast you! Boston Terriers might be good for just one loop or two around the block.
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Meet and greet
Taking your dog walking in your neighborhood is a great way to introduce them to a variety of people and promote this form of socialization. In order to really get the benefit of this, begin when your puppy has had all his vaccinations. (Note: In some breeds, you will need to limit the amount of exercise as it could damage the dog's joints while the pup is still growing.) Using daily walk time to teach your pup "manners" promotes great health and great behavior.
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Running on the Beach

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
leash
doggy waste bags
Activity description
Mississippi's Gulf Coast is a beautiful resource to those who call Biloxi, Gulfport, and Ocean Springs home. The beach runs along Highway 90, and it is present in all three of the aforementioned cities. Ocean Springs is home to Front Beach. Your dog will enjoy walking along the fishing piers of the beach. You might also find opportunities to socialize with the many people who play volleyball at this location. If you happen to travel a little farther west, the beach at Pass Christian is quiet, clean, and a perfect place for a quiet stroll with your pooch. If you really value privacy, Lake Mars in Ocean Springs offers the perfect place to walk or run with your dog.
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Choose the perfect time
Biloxi's beach area is open year-round. The balmy weather of South Mississippi provides great outdoor activity opportunities for most of the year. Should you choose to walk on the more secluded beaches - Lake Mars or Pass Christian Beach - you should be able to venture out any time. Biloxi Beach itself is quite busy during the warmest hours of the day, so keep that in mind if your pup is not well-socialized.
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To leash or not to leash
That, in itself, is the question! As part of your preparation for heading out to the beach, you should check with the proper authorities in regards to leash laws. If you plan to head over to Biloxi Beach, the sheer number of people will likely encourage you to keep your dog leashed. More private areas are likely to be less strict where leashing is concerned.
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Games for the beach
If you are able to find your own private area on the beach, then bring along a few items for your pooch to play with. This might include a tennis ball or a Frisbee. You can also bring along a few toys for your dog to dig up in the sand (a great activity for Dachshunds).
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State Parks

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
doggy waste bags
bottled water
toys for playing fetch
Activity description
Mississippi is home to twenty-one state parks. These can be found throughout the Magnolia State. These state parks are usually home to wooded areas, and on weekends, campers (both in recreational vehicles and on primitive camping sites) partake in the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Most parks do allow for pets, but, once again, you will do well to check ahead of time. Both parks listed in the activity steps allow for dogs, but with leashes. Also, most of these state parks are near a lake or river. Keep this in mind when bringing your dog along.
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Get the info
First, make sure that the park you choose to visit is pet-friendly. Even so, there may be areas that are restricted for pets, so be sure to call ahead and find out if any of this information pertains to you and your visit. Also be sure to inquire about leash laws.
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Tombigbee
The Tombigbee State Park is located in Tupelo, MS (which is, also, the birthplace of Elvis Presley). While visiting the Tombigbee, you may enjoy fishing, hiking, and camping. Dogs are permitted throughout the park, but they must remain leashed. Be advised that squirrels and raccoons are prevalent in the park.
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Clarkco
Clarkco State Park is located in Quitman, Mississippi - not too far from the Mississippi and Alabama state line. Clarkco is generally a quiet place with lots of opportunities for water sports and picnicking. There are also many bicycle trails.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch with a Twist

You can vary the items with which you and your pup play fetch. Grab a stuffed animal and let Fido have fun running his fluffy prey down!

Bubbles

Did you know that you can purchase bubbles that are safe for your pup? Simply blow them as you would normally, and let your pup go wild chasing them.

Conclusion

While nice days in Mississippi are few and far in between, you can still find something fun for you and your pup to experience in the Magnolia State. There is an abundance of local parks with walking trails, state parks with opportunities for water sports, and beaches that offer the opportunity to play by the water of the Gulf.