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If you’re a pet lover and looking for the man or woman or your dreams, there are many date ideas that can include your dog.
Bringing pets along on the first date can be a fun way to get to know someone new. After all, if the conversation stalls for a bit, you always have your pet to focus on. If you’re feeling shy, your dog will help soothe your nerves and make you feel more at home. There’s just something about having a dog along to bring out the very best in you.
Here are a few date ideas that can include your dog.
Check your local park and recreation department for a list of dog parks in your area. Many places have designated spots especially for dogs and their owners to socialize. You and your date can stroll around while you watch your dogs run free. It’s also a great way to meet new people if you aren’t with a date.
Pack a brown bag lunch or stop at a delicatessen for some homemade sandwiches. Choose a romantic spot complete with blanket, champagne, and dessert. Bring a long leash so your dog will have room to roam but you can still focus on your date. Incorporate the interaction you do with a dog to coincide with the usual first date conversation. See which of your dogs can do the most tricks or respond better when called. Don’t forget the doggie biscuits and treats.
Walk Through the Woods
Dogs are usually on their best behavior when they’ve had some exercise. So why not use that to your advantage? Rather than sitting with your date somewhere, make your outing an active one. Take a stroll with your dog through the woods or on a trail. Take in the beautiful scenery while you chat with your date. Your dog will have new smells to investigate and exercise to keep it calm.
Many pet shops, such as Petco, allow you to take your dog into the shop with you. Do some fun browsing for dog toys that both your date and pet will enjoy. Better yet, pick up a dog toy as a special gift for your date’s pet. Your date will appreciate the gesture.
Coffee shops are a great first date idea and many have tables outside where you can take your dogs. Several places will even provide water for your dog at no charge. Make sure your dog is completely socialized so you and your date can relax and enjoy your meeting.
Don’t skip lunch just because you’re with your dog! Many outdoor eateries allow you to bring your pet, as long as you keep it on a short leash right by your table. Make sure your dog is used to having people come and go in this type of setting, because you don’t want to irritate the other patrons with an out of control pooch. Enjoy the outdoor weather while you have a relaxing meal with your dog. Make sure to bring along doggie treats to keep your pet happy, too.
Bringing along your dog on a first or second date can help you relax and enjoy your time even more. It’s always best to ask your date if they like dogs or are allergic to them, because you wouldn’t want to offend your date upon the first meeting. If your date also has a dog, make it a “double doggie date” while you enjoy each other’s company and that of your pet.