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8 Activities to Enjoy with your Dog in Nevada County

Nevada County is a great place for dog lovers, and dogs will surely love all of the adventures it has to offer. Here are 8 activities to enjoy with your dog in Nevada County for some special bonding time.

Active living is often associated with living a long and healthy life for both humans and dogs alike. Finding new and interesting ways to keep you and your dog active can be tough. Just like you, your furry friend can become bored with the same old song and dance. That is why you should switch up the activities every now and then.

If you and your dog tend to stick to indoor activities, then a switch to trying out outdoor activities may do the trick. Getting outside can help you and your dog live long happy lives. Nevada County is full of dog friendly places and activities; in fact, has a bunch of listings for the area from vacation rentals to hiking trails, restaurants, and much more.

When it’s nice out, all that most people want to do is get outside. If you and your pup have been kept indoors after a long winter, it’s time for you to get outdoors and make the most of warmer weather. Here are 8 activities to enjoy with your dog in Nevada County.

1. Go for a Walk

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This one is the most obvious and most common outdoor activity for you and your dog, but there are ways to make your regular dog walk more interesting. You can change up your regular walks by walking in a new neighborhood or by joining a dog walking group.

Both are exciting ways to make your regular walks more interesting. Joining a dog walking group can give your dog the chance to play with other dogs. Surrounding ourselves with others can make your normal walk that much more fun.

Check out the beautiful historic neighborhoods in Grass Valley and Nevada City for some lovely and scenic dog walking options.

2. Visit Your Local Dog Park

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Condon Park in Grass Valley has an off leash dog park. Photo courtesy of The Union.

Dog parks can be a great way to exercise and socialize your dog, and you too! Visiting a dog park can give your dog the opportunity to interact and play with other dogs. While there, you can hang out with other dog owners to make it a fun and social outdoor activity for you and your dog.

Before you head down to your local dog park, be sure to brush up on some of the basics of Dog Park Etiquette. Here is a quick refresher:

Make sure that your dog has his relevant licenses up to date

Keep an eye on how your dog is behaving around other dogs

Check to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current

Always clean up after your pup

Don’t bring your dog if he is aggressive and does not like strangers

At the end of the day, you know your dog best. If your pup seems uncomfortable at the dog park, consider removing him from the situation. If your dog is the anxious type, you can calm his nerves with CBD. CBD is a natural substance that has been proven to improve symptoms of anxiety, so your pup can make the most of the dog park.

Check out the dog friendly parks in Western Nevada County HERE.

3. Go for a Quick Dip

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Donner Lake, dogs swimming Honey, Amica & Maggie

If it is hot out, taking your pup for a walk might put him in danger of heat stroke or burnt paws. That is why swimming is a great outdoor activity for both you and your dog. Swimming can help cool you and your pup down on those warm summer days.

Swimming is a great, low impact activity that is a great choice for aging or injured pups. You can take your dog to a local beach to enjoy a quick dip. Or you can to see if your community pool has any dog days. Dog days are designated days at the pool that allow pet owners to bring their dog to the pool for a nice swim.

Find the perfect swimming spot for you and your pooch HERE.

4. Go Camping

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Most campsites in Nevada County invite you to bring your dog along. Getty Images

Camping is a great way to get outdoors and take a break from the fast pace of life for both you and your dog. Camping can help you and your dog gets in tune with nature. Getting outside and surrounding your pup with new sights, smells, and sounds will refresh his senses.

Find the perfect campsite HERE. If you’re into glamping with Fido, check out Inn Town Campground near downtown Nevada City.

5. Bring the Games Outdoors

Give the little ones and the dogs some exercise in the fresh air. Getty Images

Playing the games you normally play inside into the outdoors can add another level of fun for you and your dog. Playing fetch inside is fun and all, but taking it to the backyard or the park gives you and your dog so much more room to play. You can play almost any game with your dog outdoors to make the most of nicer weather.

6. Take a Hike

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Take a hike with the dogs. Photo from FOMO Bones

Although this outdoor activity is not something that you can do every day, it is still a fun way to get you and your dog outside. Immerse yourselves in new surroundings in this outdoor activity for just you two. You can start by choosing easier hiking trails and work your way up to more challenging ones. Talk about a fun outdoor challenge.

Find a whole slew of dog friendly hiking trails in Nevada County HERE.

7. Check Out Local Events

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Some dogs enjoy being stars at Mardi Gras in Nevada City. Photo courtesy of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Getting outdoors with your dog can be as easy as walking over to the local fair, run, or walk. Many communities and cities host dog-friendly events. Check your local community to see if there are any local outdoor events that you can bring your pup along for.

Find out what’s happening in Nevada County HERE.

8. Just Relax

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Spend some time with your pet just enjoying each other’s company. Getty Images.

Some outdoor activities for you and your dog don’t require much activity at all. Getting outside with your pup can be as easy as heading to the park just to relax. If you are looking to wind down and want your pup to chill out too, try giving him some CBD dog treats. Also, all of our local breweries and some wineries are dog friendly, so you can relax together.

So try one or more of these 8 activities to enjoy with your dog in Nevada County for a day or vacation that neither one of you will ever forget.

Looking for a place to stay?  Most of Nevada County’s Hotels and Motels are dog friendly!

Also, if you love dogs, check out Chris Perdoni’s Stunt Dog Experience.  taking place on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Veteran’s Hall in Grass Valley.

The article is originally published on FOMO Bones, with local enhancements (with permission) by GoNevadaCounty.