Activities For Dogs In Oregon On Nice Days

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Introduction

Oregon is known for its dog-friendly attitude. Merchants and businesses throughout the state readily welcome four-legged pooches. Head to downtown Portland and you will be overwhelmed by the abundance of pet bakeries where you can grab Fido a tasty snack before you head out to enjoy your day. If it's a hot day in the Beaver state then you don't have to despair either because virtually all businesses and merchants provide refreshing, cold water for your dog. There are even doggy water faucets next to human faucets throughout the state where your canine can lap up a quick drink while you also hydrate. Hands-down, the state of Oregon is all about providing the necessities for your dog so you both can enjoy the state's many exciting outdoor activities.

Play in the Snow

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog coat
Dog boots
Leash and collar
Ball or Frisbee
Activity description
The Cascade Mountain range runs the expanse of the state and as well,  there is the vast Coastal Range. Both of the mountainous ranges sport pristine snow during the winter months. There is truly nothing more beautiful than sunlight sparkling off the snow's surface, so why not take your pooch out to play in the snow together?  With a bit of preparation, you can hike in the snow or just enjoy a game of fetch. It's all about getting outdoors to soak up some rays and enjoying the winter wonderland together. Playing in the snow on a nice winter day is refreshing and invigorating for both you and your dog.
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Outfitting your pet
If your pooch spends most of their life indoors and they are not a breed such as a Malamute or a Siberian Husky who are equipped for the Arctic, then you will need to outfit your pet for the snow. A nice canine winter jacket and four booties that are specially designed for your dog are ideal for snowy conditions. At first, your dog may object to having a coat and booties put on but take it slow and easy. Offer reassurance and a small treat as you get your pup outfitted to play in the snow.
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Snow walking
Hook a leash and collar on your dog to start out walking through the snow. If it is the first time that your canine has experienced the white stuff then take it slow because your dog might want to nose around and cautiously step through the drifts. Don't rush it; enjoy the beauty of the season!
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Play fetch
Once your playful pup has acclimatized to the outdoors then its time to start playing a game of fetch in the snow with a ball or a Frisbee. Most dogs love to run and retrieve. The sport is ideal for a sunny day in the snow and will give your dog the opportunity to stretch and run while using up excess energy.
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Saturday Market

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
3 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Leash and collar
Activity description
The Saturday Market in downtown Portland, Oregon is a city tradition. People gather to shop the many craft booths, enjoy food truck cuisine and listen to street musicians. It is also a place that welcomes well-behaved canines. At the Market booth you will find clean up supplies if your dog should have an accident, although as a responsible dog owner you should always have doggy bags on hand. There are also water bowls available to give your companion a refreshingly cold drink. Many of the vendors even provide dogs with tasty dog treats. If you are shopping for pet supplies you won't be disappointed because there are numerous market booths that sell dog apparel, leashes, collars, bowls, artwork, toys, and even tasty doggy baked goods.
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Be aware of others
As soon as you get to the Saturday Market it is time to collar and leash your dog. Keep a tight rein on them as you walk through the many aisles. Most people welcome dogs but some may be afraid of canines and might not like a cold nose pressed against them. Small dog owners often opt to use a small pet stroller to transport their four-legged buddy around.
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Choose your spot
If you want to grab a bite to eat and listen to some of the musicians, try to pick an area with a bit of shade for your pooch to lounge in. Chances are good that your dog will enjoy taking a load off their paws just as you much as you will appreciate resting your feet.
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Ready to walk again
Once you have relaxed it is time to start exploring the Saturday Market again. Your dog will probably be pulling at the leash to see what each new booth has to offer. When you are done perusing the booths, you can head down to the river walk trail which is located by the market to stroll along the water's edge.
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Beach Day

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Leash and Collar
Activity description
The Oregon coastline is a sight to behold. The state borders the mighty Pacific Ocean. There are miles of beaches that welcome dogs. You will be able to walk with your pooch while you enjoy the surf and sunshine. Nothing is as relaxing as a jaunt to the beach, so why not make the most of it? You can hit the beach in the early morning to look for shells together or you can enjoy an evening walk as the sun sets. No matter what time of day you decide to explore the beach, the chances are good that you are both going to spend a glorious day together.
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Leashing up
Most beaches have a parking lot close to the beach access. Beaches in Oregon do not allow you to drive on to the beach itself. As soon as you arrive, you will want to leash up your dog so you can walk to the beach. Remember that many of the trails that provide you with access to the beach are very narrow, so you will want to cautiously walk while keeping a tight hold on your dog. This way your pup will not disturb others on the trail.
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Getting feet and paws wet
Once on the beach it is time to dip a toe and a paw in the water. Many dogs are afraid of the ocean at first. Maybe it's the roaring waves or the noise as the water crashes across the shoreline, and because of this, it might take you some time to encourage your dog to walk into the water. Just take your time and offer support to your animal.
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Looking for shells
Believe it or not, many dogs like to look for seashells. Canine experts say that it is the smell of the once living organism that inhabited the shells that spur dogs to seek them out. Regardless of the reason, dogs are pretty good at finding nice shells so let your pouch sniff away. When your dog shows unusual interest in something then you should take the time to look closely because your beachgoing pal may have found the perfect shell.
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Dog Parks

The state of Oregon is home to hundreds of dog parks. They are a place where canines can gather without a leash to run and frolic together. Owners are encouraged to bring balls or toys so they can interact with the dogs. Most dog parks are fenced in. Dogs are required to have their vaccinations before frequently the parks. If you truly want to enjoy the sunshine in a relaxed and open atmosphere with your four-legged best friend, the dog park might truly be the perfect location. You can both run free together while enjoy innumerable games.

Boating

Lakes and rivers abound in the state of Oregon. Nothing is better than getting out on the water with your best four-legged friend. Many dogs love to boat. Your pooch will get to enjoy the boat's speed and the feel of the wind in their fur. What would be more perfect for any doggy?  You can take your own boat out on the water or you can rent a boat at many marinas around the state. At first your dog may hesitate to board the boat but most dogs settle right down and enjoy the ride. A doggy life vest is always recommended.

Conclusion

The Pacific Northwestern state of Oregon is truly extraordinary with its mountains, valleys, canyons, high desert, and miles of rugged ocean. A person can get lost in the nature that surrounds them in the state. However, dogs are always welcome in Oregon. Most Oregonians own more than one dog. It is a place where residents truly enjoy and appreciate canines. Sharing activities outdoors with your pooch is great for bonding and it is also healthy for your pet. So many pets suffer from a sedentary lifestyle that the number of obese dogs has increased dramatically in the last few years. Getting outdoors to enjoy the sunshine is a great way to keep your best buddy in shape and wear off unwanted pounds.