If you’re like a lot of couples these days, you’re always on the lookout for fun date ideas that can include your dogs. Whether you have a dog together or you each have your own pup, it’s nice to spend time together enjoying your pets. Dogs are a part of the family, and we want them to have fun too!
Sometimes though, you might want something other than just bringing your dog out to a brewery or coffee shop to hang out. Sure, spending a nice afternoon outside together with your doggo is nice, but it can get a little mundane. If you’ve already checked out the local dog-friendly parks, trails, and restaurants, it’s time for more doggie date ideas.
Host a doggie fashion show
Though some dogs won’t tolerate wearing clothing, others love the attention! If your pup will let you dress them up, hosting a doggie fashion show can be a lot of fun.
If you want to make this a special event just for you and your significant other, a costumed photoshoot at home is always a good time. You can either dress to match your pets and make a whole production out of it, or you can keep the pups as the stars of the show. Being the photographers and costume designers can be plenty of fun without dressing up too.
If a group date sounds more fun, you could get a few friends together to parade with their pups. Encourage everyone to dress up and have their dogs don their best costumes. This is a great way to show off all of the creativity, let the dogs have some fun, and enjoy a unique afternoon together.
Making a doggie costume
For some costume inspirations worthy of Mardi Gras itself, check out the Mystic Krewe of Barkus. Each year during one of the biggest Mardi Gras weekends, New Orleans boasts a parade for dogs and the people who love them. Complete with costumed dogs, decorated wagons, and pup-approved throws, this parade has it all. For some great pics, check out the official Mystic Krewe of Barkus Instagram page.
Remember that dog costumes don’t have to be super tricky. If the goal here is having fun with your partner and your dog, don’t make it too complicated. Keep the costume intricate enough to entertain you both while making it, but don’t make it so difficult that it gets annoying. For the doggo, keep some treats handy for bribery. Even if your dog doesn’t love the idea of wearing a costume, you can probably convince them with treats.
To make your date night fun and interesting, decide on the costume and design it together.
If you want to keep the evening super simple, just use a bandana and eye patch for an easy pirate costume. Then toss on a pirate-themed movie and tell all your best pirate jokes.
- What did the pirate name his dog?
- Give it some thought, the answer will be a little later on.
If you’re feeling a little more crafty, bust out the hot glue gun and sequins and create a costume that’ll really pop! While you’re at it, design yourselves a couple of outfits that will make your photos dazzle. If you need some ideas on pup-tastic costume setups, check out the Indestructibles craft article on dog costumes or check out the YouTube videos for additional instructions and inspiration.
Fortunately, you can make your doggie fashion show as calm or as bold as you want it to be. You can always head back to the basic dog-friendly date locations again later. Make this event fun and memorable for you, your partner, and your doggo.
- So, what did the pirate name his dog? Patches!
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