Activities For Dogs In Texas On Nice Days

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Introduction

Texas is, without question, one of the most popular states in the entire United States. Being the second largest state in the country, you can bet that there are lots of different places to see and activities to try. Not only is the state filled with interesting sights and attractions, Texas is also known for being an exceptionally dog-friendly state. The famed Southern hospitality is alive and well and extends not only to humans but also to their canine pals. Whether you are in for some outdoor or indoor fun, Texas has you covered. Here are a few of the top Texan activities that are perfect for you and your dog. 

Summertime Swimming

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Leash
Flotation vest
Toys (optional)
Activity description

On a nice, sunny day out, nothing feels better than a good dip in the water. Luckily, there are lots of swimming options for you and your pooch in Texas. The most obvious choice would be the beach; Texas has a number of dog-friendly beaches where you can bring your dog, whether on a leash or off-leash. You can also choose to go to dog-friendly water parks. A good example is the Red Bud Isle in Austin, a peninsula where dogs are free to swim, socialize and roam around. There’s also the famous Rummy’s Beach Club in Houston, which features impressive facilities for both humans and dogs. 

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Find your swimming spot
Before you get some water-filled pleasure, you first have to pick a spot where you can go swimming. As mentioned, there are a number of options available within the state. If you want to do more than just swim, pick a beach where you can also play fetch or simply stroll by the shore. If you want a bit more of a special treat for your dog, you should check out Rummy’s, where your dog can swim in heated pools and can undergo training for dock jumping.
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Swim your heart out!
Once you settle on a place, prepare all the things that you will need and make your way to the spot. Be sure to pack some sunblock for you and some food, water and some toys for your dog. Do not forget to bring a leash, especially if you are going to the beach. Most beaches are dog-friendly but some require that you have a leash on your dog at all times. Either way, keep your eye on your pup at all times. Have them wear a flotation vest in case fatigue sets in during a fun-filled swim. As well, be sure to pick up after your pet and be respectful of other beach lovers.
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Dine With Your Canine

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Food
Water
Collapsible bowl
Activity description

While dining with your dog seems like regular activity to do with your dog, the state of Texas brings the experience to a whole other level. Texas is teeming with dog-friendly restaurants and pubs where you can go out to dine with your dog alongside you. What’s even more impressive is that a lot of these restaurants feature their very own dog parks where dogs can play while their owners enjoy their meal. The best example is Dallas’ renowned Mutts Cantina, which features a 200-seat patio, a shared beer garden and a one-acre playing section for the patrons and their canine friends. 

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Choose your restaurant
Picking a restaurant can be a difficult task, especially with all the options available to you. A good way to choose is to look at travel sites or restaurant review applications and look for the top dog-friendly restaurants in your area. From Mutts Cantina in Dallas to Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth, you can be sure that you will find a restaurant to your liking.
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Grab a bite
After you have found the perfect restaurant, call ahead and book a table in case a reservation is required. Otherwise, simply make your way to the restaurant and eat to your heart’s content. Some places, such as Woodshed, have a “Pup menu” for the dogs. However, this is not always the case in other restaurants. Hence, be sure to bring a collapsible bowl, food and water for your pup.
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Visit The Wineries

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
4 - 5 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Leash
Activity description
If you are a lover of all things wine, then you came to the right place. Wine lovers will find Texas to be the perfect place to sample some locally made wine. Areas such as Texas Hill Country and Fredericksburg are home to some of the most prominent wineries in the entire state. These wineries also know how to please their dog owners; most of the wineries allow their visitors to bring their four-legged friends along for the tour, whether on or off their leash. You can easily spend a full day trying out some of Texas’ top wine varietals while your dog tags along.
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Research the wineries
Do your research on which wineries you would like to check out. If you plan to go to more than one winery, make sure to choose a specific area so you won’t have to be on the move so much. For instance, Texas Hill Country has numerous dog-friendly wineries that are close to each other. Places such as Flat Creek Estate Winery and Bent Oak Winery have an impressive array of wines that you may try.
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Sip some wine!
After you have chosen the area and the wineries to go to, it is now time to go winery-hopping and sample some of Texas’ finest wines. Be aware of the rules of each place concerning your dog. Some places are not too strict on having your dog on a leash but there are a few that require your dog to be on a leash.
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See the Tourist Sites

Texas has a couple of interesting and historic attractions that are worth checking out. Spots such as the River Walk in San Antonio, Fire Museum of Texas in Beaumont and Texas Capitol Complex in Austin are some of the must-see spots when in Texas. The best part is that most of these tourist sites are dog-friendly!

Shop 'Til You Drop!

Going shopping for your dog is exciting because each shop is different and you’ll never know what dog goodies you are going to find. A good place to start is in the award-winning pet store Kriser’s Natural Pet, known for producing whole foods for all kinds of pets. 

Conclusion

With its size, diversity and lovely residents, Texas has always been a favorite go-to destination among Americans. Now, it has also become a top choice for pet parents who want to try new activities with their dogs. A trip to Texas will surely result in a paw-some time with your best furry friend.