10 Ideas for Doggie Date Night
Tom Lohr lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he explores the region with his canine sidekick, Ella the Brown Wonder.
Dogs Like Dates Too
The weekend is coming up, and it is time to make plans to renew and refresh before hitting the grind again on Monday. Weekend activities for many of us include date night with our significant other. For some of us, it means another round of scanning internet dating sites so we can eventually have a significant other.
Do you know who would love to spend date night with you? Someone who won't be disappointed if you didn't dress up or shave your legs? Your bestie, the real love of your life, that furry bundle of energy who fanatically greets you every time you come home. Even if you end up on a human date, there are three evenings in a weekend, and your pooch would like to schedule some time with you.
Doggie date night is the perfect prescription for bonding with your canine, and it can include activities both of you will enjoy. Your dog will get the attention it craves, and you will get some unconditional love and a little hair stuck to your clothes.
When Is National Doggy Date Night?
This national event is scheduled for February 3rd of each year. Get a head start planning your next doggy date night. or just plan an impromptu fun time for you and your pooch any time of the year!
10 Date Ideas for Dogs
Every dog likes to go for a walk or play ball. It's time to think outside of the box and add some spice and variety into your relationship with Rover. Here are ten ideas to show your darling dingo just how much you care.
1. See a Drive-In Movie
This is a seasonal activity, and some folks do not live within a reasonable distance of a drive-in theatre. They are slowly dying off, but they still exist and are a cultural relic of the 20thcentury that you should experience before they are all gone. Most drive-ins do not care if you have your pet with you—if it brings in customers, it's all good. For your hound, it's a dream date. It gets to go for a ride, and then sit in the car with you and eat snacks while enjoying a throwback dating activity.
2. Visit the Local Big Box Home Improvement Store
The big two allow you to bring your well-behaved and leashed partner with you. It is a great opportunity to check out those new appliances or power tool you have been drooling over. Your dog will get to stroll the aisles and get pets from a slew of new people.
3. Shop for Some Bling
Home improvements stores are not the only venue you can take your canine into; many pet stores allow it as well. If you take a look at your dog's collar, you will likely find that it could stand replacing. Shopping for a new one is an outing any pooch will enjoy. Plus, it is filled with toys and treats, letting them work those puppy eyes, guilting you into purchasing more than just a collar.
4. Go on a Sniffing Expedition
Most of us walk our dogs, and all of us experience Fido wanting to sniff every scent along the way, resulting in repeated tugging on the leash to move along. Instead, take a stroll down a local trail or on the sidewalk in your neighborhood. Let your dog sniff everything it wants for as long as it wants. This is an activity that is best done during the summer months when darkness doesn't come until late, and the weather is more human-friendly, and the exercise will be good for you.
5. Go on a Playdate
One of the reasons humans go to clubs, bars, and other date friendly places, is to socialize. We crave human interaction, no matter how much we love our pets. While your dog loves you even more, there is nothing like romping around with someone of your own species.
Find a friend via a dog-centric Meetup or put an ad on an internet chat room. After meeting your dog's potential playmate in a public place and giving that person a proper sniff down, if they meet your approval agree to meet up at a park and let both of your dogs chase each other around. It is a much better alternative to a dog park where there are scores of strange dogs that yours may not care for. Plus, you are more likely than not to step in dog poop. Keep socializing more intimate, and plan for a one or a few other dogs in a more tranquil setting.
6. Movie and Grooming
Sometimes you just need to sit on the couch and watch an old Meg Ryan movie to help you cope with your dateless weekend or help you get over a recent breakup. Pop that chick flick into the DVD player and have your furry friend lay next to you. While you watch and pine away, have a brush in one hand and give your dog's fur a good grooming. By the time the couple in the movie get back together, you probably won't feel any better; but your dog will have a shiny coat and have enjoyed every minute of it.
7. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Do you know who loves the smell of hot dogs wafting through the air at a baseball stadium? You, me, and every canine on the planet. Most Major League Baseball teams and many Minor League Baseball clubs have at least one Bark in the Park per year. It lets humans bring their well-socialized and leashed pet to the game.
You will need to show proof of rabies vaccination to gain entry, and most ballparks have a designated section or seating area for you and Bowser.
Caution: many of these events are sponsored in conjunction with the local animal shelter, and they bring dogs available for adoption. You just might leave with more dogs than you came with.
8. Play Hide and Seek
That same game you loved as a kid will also be enjoyed by your dog, who never seems to lose its child-like playfulness. Tell your dog to stay (it does know how to sit and stay doesn't it?) and then hide somewhere in the house and call your dog. Dogs love hunting, and there is nothing more they would rather hunt for than their favorite human.
9. Let It All Hang Out
One of the mysteries in the world is why dogs do not like it when humans blow in their face, but the first thing they want to do on a car ride is hang their head out the window and let the wind make their jowls flap.
Sticking its head out of the window on a fast car trip isn't the safest thing for your pet to do. Instead, join the local neighborhood watch group, and a few times a month, take a slow drive through the streets and let Rex put his head out and bark at anything and everything it wants.
10. Strike a Pose
One thing many of us regret is not having enough images from our youth, important events in our life or of the people that meant something to us. Most dogs, like myself, are extremely photogenic. Spending an evening photographing your four-legged bestie is a fun activity that will have both of you laughing. Our furry friends cross the rainbow bridge far too soon, having pictures to remember them by will be one less regret in your life.
Remember That Your Weekends Are Limited
Saturday night and nothing to do? Your pal with paws is ready to saddle up for any adventure you have in mind. For them, an evening with you is the perfect date. Each of the above activities will make for a doggie date night that you can enjoy and give your dog the thing it desires the most: time alone with you.
© 2019 Tom Lohr
Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 12, 2019:
Great suggestions. I especially like number 10, because a few years later all of us are like "Remember when Rover was a puppy and..." I always tell people to take more pictures! (Where are the photos of Ella?)
A Great Date Idea for Dog-Loving Couples
If you and your significant other are dog-lovers, we’ve got the perfect date idea for you! WagsPark, located in Newtown, is hosting an event called Ales and Tails on October 25th from 3pm-7pm. Not only can you bring your dogs along, but you will also get to taste a variety of beers from craft breweries local to the Cincinnati area. Bones’ Burgers food truck will also be on-site if you are feeling hungry.
The breweries participating in the event include:
Everyone is welcome to the event, even if you don’t have a dog and would just like to partake in the beer tasting. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and partial proceeds will be going towards a great cause to benefit the National Canine Cancer Foundation.
For more information and event registration visit: www.eventbrite.com.
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Starting a new relationship? Why not do a doggie double date- dogs can make the perfect icebreakers! Looking for more dog friendly date ideas? You can check out other local parks and events, as well as, search for dog-friendly bars and restaurants in the area.
If you know of other great date-worthy places to bring your dogs, please share them below! We’d love to hear from you!
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Date Night Ideas for Dog Lovers
As dog lovers, we know to trust our dog’s judgment when it comes to people. I don’t know how many times my dog has not liked someone and it turned out to be with good reason. So, it only makes sense to bring your furry wingman with you on your date to make sure he or she meets with their approval.
“If you really want to get to know someone you’re dating, then have them meet your cherished live-in companion, your dog – or, in my case, dogs,” says Kris Rotonda, CEO, You Must Love Dogs Dating, an online dating site for single dog lovers.
“Better yet, if your date has a dog, too, why not double date with your dogs?” says Rotonda’s girlfriend, Denise Fernandez. “It’s an effective, natural and unpretentious way of getting to know each other and the significant four-legged others in your life.”
There are plenty of fun, exciting, and romantic dates for dog lovers out there, including some where your dogs can go too.
Rontonda suggests these 3 dog-friendly dates:
- Look up the nearest dog beach or park. Dog parks and beaches are full of interesting sights and smells, particularly if you’re a dog, and room for running and playing games. You and your date can toss Frisbees, take a leisurely stroll with your dogs, or just kick back for some entertaining dog-watching.
- Dog-friendly bars and restaurants. More and more establishments are realizing the value of setting a place at the table for dogs
- Go shopping together. Pet stores are always dog-friendly zones check out fun new products together, scope out the fish and birds available for sale, you may even get a little paw mani-pedi together!
Other great dates include:
- Go to a dog show or performance competition. Whether it’s a low-key obedience match or an exciting agility, dock diving, or herding trials, it’s a great place to bond over your passion.
- Sign up for a pet charity walk/run. A fun, athletic date that gives back. Sometimes your dogs can even go along.
- Go on a Picnic. There is nothing more traditionally romantic that going on a picnic date, and it’s super easy to take the dog along.
Need a Date?
Meeting someone with shared interests can be challenging, especially if you meet somewhere generic like the grocery store or a bar. Rontonda’s site, can help you find a significant other who will adore your first love as much as you do.
When Rotonda and Fernandez first got to know each other, Rotonda was shocked that his would-be girlfriend, having no previous experience with dogs, wasn’t a dog lover. Over time, however, Fernandez came to love Rotonda’s four dogs, which helped strengthen the couple’s bond. It was this experience that drove Rotonda to create his online dating site.
So if your first criteria is “must love dogs,” this is the place for you to find your own happily after ever. Then, grab your pup and plan a date the whole family can enjoy.
Dog-Loving Date Nights: Dine, Drink, Play and Stay
Leaving your pup at home while you hit the town for date night can bring about some serious feelings. If your dog is well behaved, then maybe that feeling is one of guilt. If, on the other hand, your dog has a tendency to eat your favorite books each time you leave the house…well, your feelings are probably skewed more towards worry. Either way, all dog owners can agree on one thing it’s tough to consistently leave behind our furry family members. Whether you own a house-trained angel or a paper shredder on four legs makes no difference.
We’ve put together a list of dog-friendly date nights where your pup is a warmly welcomed addition. Dine, drink, play, and stay or have a getaway with the whole family.
Outside of late June through August, dining outdoors is pleasant in Central Florida. Here are a few places to sit and stay awhile, some with special pet perks.
Winter Park (Multiple restaurants)
Park Avenue in Winter Park is one of the most dog-friendly places in all of Orlando. Numerous boutiques and restaurants leave bowls of treats and water out on the sidewalk, and nearly every restaurant with an outdoor seating area is pet-friendly. Here are a few favorites:
- The Parkview
- Briarpatch Restaurant
- Cocina 214
Vanbarry’s Public House
Friendly dogs are welcome at this casual restaurant with a spacious, dog-friendly outdoor patio. Your pup can lap up fresh water, provided in a water bowl by the staff, while you sip frose and nosh on an order of heavenly bacon caramel fries. (Cue the adorable begging face.)
Image credit: Lauren Delgado @orlando.foodie
Dogs are welcome outdoors at both Shake Shack locations in Orlando, and there’s even a special “Woof” menu. The Pooch-ini is a special treat comprised of a dog biscuit, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard. It should keep your dog occupied (aka, not begging) while you eat your shake, burger, and fries.
Highball & Harvest
Soak up lake views on the spacious, covered terrace at Highball & Harvest, located at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The entire patio area offers a dog-friendly dining experience.
The dog-friendly patio at Highball & Harvest located within the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Image credit: Highball & Harvest
In addition to Seito Sushi and The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park, Jason & Sue Chin’s latest restaurant, Reyes Mezcaleria, follows suit by offering dog-friendly dining outdoors in downtown Orlando. The patio has undergone some improvements to become more dog-friendly.
World of Beer
At World of Beer’s downtown location, the back patio is dog-friendly and offers a picturesque view of Lake Eola. Visit for happy hour, lunch, dinner, or the weekend Beerunch. After your meal, take a walk around Lake Eola Park, another notoriously dog-friendly spot downtown.
Yellow Dog Eats
Chow down on an epic (if slightly messy) sandwich creation at this restaurant in Gotha while your pup hangs out by your side. The spacious outdoor patio in the rear of the restaurant is dog-friendly.
Note: Some restaurants list their pet policy in the FAQ section of their website, but when in doubt call ahead and ask.
Sip some brews and relax with your pooch at these welcoming establishments.
K Restaurant & Wine Bar
This restaurant in College Park has a pretty awesome happy hour for humans, but in December 2017 they launched a monthly dog-friendly “Yappy Hour” for the whole family. The inaugural event was hosted in partnership with Woof Orlando and included spent grain dog treats for the pups, and raffle prizes, drink specials, and specialty menu items like Milk Bones (veal bone marrow) and truffled “pupcorn” for puppy parents to enjoy. Yappy Hour is a monthly event on the second Monday of each month. Check K Restaurant’s Facebook page for details on upcoming events.
Orlando Brewing always welcomes dogs inside and out. For extra fun, visit on Sunday for Dog’s Day Out. You’ll get $1 off drafts for bringing along your furry family member.
Playalinda Brewing Company
Both Playalinda Brewing Company locations in Titusville invite you to drink with your pup in tow. At the Hardware Store location, dogs are allowed out front on the patio. The Brix Project location boasts house-made dog treats made with peanut butter, bacon scraps, and spent grain leftovers. Dogs are allowed in the beer garden at this location. Bonus: brunch is served Sundays from 10am-1pm!
Playalinda Brewing Company’s Brix Project location features homemade dog treats made with spent grain. Image credit: Playalinda Brewing Company
Wop’s Hops Brewing Company
Make your way to Historic Downtown Sanford to visit this neighborhood brewery that is so dog-friendly they’ve crafted an entire dog menu. While you sip a refreshing craft beer and indulge in a famous “Wop-Sicle” (meatball on a stick), your pooch can lap up Bowser Beer (no hops, dog-safe beer with glucosamine) and chow down on diced chicken breast, mut-ball meatballs, and bow-wow bacon. You can even get your dog a six-pack of dog-friendly beer to take home.
More dog-friendly breweries:
- Ellipsis Brewing (dogs welcome inside)
- Crooked Can Brewing Company (outdoor patio)
- Inner Compass Brewing Company (front patio only)
True, Dinosaur World is slightly kitschy, but this dinosaur-themed park in Plant City welcomes dogs of all sizes as long as they are on a leash and well-behaved. Let this be your excuse to reconnect with your inner-child for the day. Admission is $16.95 for humans, and free for dogs. After your visit, make your way to Keel & Curley Winery/Two Henry’s Brewing for craft beer, wine, and bar fare. The covered outdoor patio is dog-friendly.
Dogs are allowed on leash at Dinosaur World in Plant City.
Lake Baldwin Park
Fun for dogs and humans! The 23-acre complex includes a lakefront beach, plenty of shade, and even a short wooded hiking trail in the fenced in area. A paved trail outside the park circles Lake Baldwin, and both Seito Sushi and The Osprey Tavern offer pet-friendly dining (patio only) nearby.
Ft. De Soto Dog Beach
Make the 2-hour drive from Orlando for a beach day that won’t require you to leave your dog behind. The Paw Playground located within Ft. De Soto Park (south of Saint Petersburg) features a dog beach in addition to fenced in play areas. Dogs are welcomed (on a 6-foot leash) in the rest of the park, with the exception of the other beach areas.
Boozehound Dog Bar
Slated to open this summer, Boozehound is Central Florida’s first dog bar. Pet owners will be able to enjoy a nice cold beer while hanging out with their furry friend at this all-in-one dog park/sports bar. They will offer tons of local craft beers and wines, and you’ll be able to watch every game at the park. A set of strict rules will be enforced to ensure the safety of everyone.
Mennello Museum of American Art
Appreciate art with your favorite sidekick in tow by visiting the Sculpture Garden at the Mennello Museum of American Art. The outdoor garden is so dog-friendly they offer a special Pet Membership for your furry family members. The $25 membership includes a personalized membership ID, a 10% discount to participating pet businesses, free and/or discounted admission to pet events, a photo of your pup on the museum’s pet membership page, and a free dog bag dispenser. Don’t miss the upcoming Brunch With Your Pup event on January 7, 2018 which includes a catered doggie buffet for humans and dogs.
The Mennello Museum of American Art offers pet memberships to friendly four legged companions. Image credit: Mennello Museum of American Art
Local parks and trails
Most state and local parks welcome pets on leashes. Aside from Lake Eola Park, Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont is a great go-to for outdoorsy fun. For a leisurely, 1-mile hike with your pooch, park at the trailhead by trail marker 25 and go left when you reach trail marker 24 (see map). The path continues and lets out at Lake Louisa. There’s decent shade along the trail, just don’t forget to bring along some water.
This peaceful garden offers free admission and pets are always welcome. Quiet trails, boardwalks, and a butterfly garden create a quiet and tranquil space. There are plenty of places to set up a picnic for extra date appeal…as long as you don’t mind the company of a fluffy third wheel.
Like Park Avenue in Winter Park, Celebration is a welcoming, dog-friendly district. There are paved walking trails and boardwalks weaving around tranquil lakes, a dog-friendly boutique, restaurants with ample outdoor seating, and plenty of places to stop for water. You’ll find courtesy doggie bags along the trails in case you forget yours at home.
The paved walking trails in Celebration are ideal for a quiet stroll with your pup.
STAY and GETAWAY
Instead of leaving your dog at the kennel, take a weekend getaway together where everyone is welcome. Check our full guide to pet-friendly getaways for more ideas.
Stay: The Alfond Inn
The Alfond Inn offers two great pet-friendly deals. The VIP – Very Important Pet Package ensures a luxurious staycation for you and your dog. The package includes a two-night stay, special pet bowl, dog treats and toys, a Thundershirt, and a donation to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Rates start at $249/night. The Photography Session with your BFF package includes a two-night stay, a 30 minute session with Orlando Pet Photography, and three matted photos. Rates for that package start at $409/night.
Getaway: St. Augustine
St. Augustine offers a wide variety of accommodations, restaurants, and activities that allow dogs. The St. George Inn is pet friendly (up to 25 lbs) and located on historic St. George Street. If you’d like to stay beachfront, head to the House of Sea & Sun. This bed and breakfast is pet-friendly and there are no additional pet fees. Our list of pet-friendly getaways for couples has even more ideas.
Image credit: House of Sea and Sun
Here are a few more ideas for a pet-friendly getaway.
Don’t have a dog? Volunteer!
Orange County Animal Services, Osceola County Animal Services, and Pawsitive Shelter Photography are a few great local organizations to get involved with as a couple.
Doggy Date Night 2021: 10 Quotes About Dogs To Share On This Day
Wednesday is National Doggy Date Night! It's a day marked to appreciate dogs and spend some quality time with your pet. This day can be celebrated by taking your dog out for a walk or buying some treats for our loyal, furry friends.
Here are some quotes, courtesy of Play Bark Run, to share on this day with every dog lover and pet parent.
1. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
2. “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman
3. “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love unconditionally as a dog.” - M.K. Clinton
4. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, & they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” - John Grogan
5. "When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." - AD. Williams
6. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
7. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” - Josh Billings
8. "You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of." - Jill Abramson
9. "For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." – Roger Caras
10. “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin
Pictured: Representational image of a couple walking their dog. Photo: Pixabay