Located in the northwestern United States, Montana is known to have cold weather and a lot of snow, however the state has its share of pleasant weather, particularly during the summer months. As the home of Glacier National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Yellowstone National Park, the state gets millions of visitors. With the western third of the state including a number of mountain ranges and the eastern part of the state consisting of prairie land and badlands, there are a variety of activities in which to engage. When the weather is nice in Montana, there are numerous things that you and your canine companion can do together that will offer your pup the activity they require while ensure that you have the opportunity to spend quality time with one another.
When the weather is nice you will often want to take advantage of it and spend the time outside; realistically, however, you and your dog may need some down time. Relaxing on an outdoor patio at a coffee shop or a cafe is a perfect way for you and your dog to spend time together without involving physical activity. Many outdoor patios welcome canine customers and will even have a water dish and treats available for pups. While you and your canine companion will enjoy your alone time together, your dog is also likely to meet new people (and possibly other pups) making this a great way to help their socialization.
The dog park is excellent for helping your pup meet their activity needs, particularly when you are not feeling quite as energetic as your pooch! At the dog park, your pup will have space to run safely as well as meet other canine pals. Depending upon where you are in Montana, you may have several dog parks to choose from; as there are always different dogs at the dog park, even visiting the same dog park will be a new adventure for your pup every time! Bring along a Frisbee or a ball so that you can interact with your dog through a game of fetch. Don't forget water so that your dog can remain hydrated!
Bikejoring is a great way to spend time with your dog outdoors when the weather is nice. Ideal for more energetic pups, bikejoring involves connecting your canine companion to your bike and having them pull you (and your bike). This unique activity will require a bikejoring kit in order to attach your dog to your bike, as well as safety gear. Before getting started, make sure to research bikejoring; it can be helpful to meet with others who engage in this activity in order to learn more about it and whether it would be a fit for you and your dog. You can also get helpful advice on how to get started and be successful. Bikejoring is a lot of work for your pup; make sure to bring plenty of water and a water bowl!