9 Outdoor Adventures for You and Your Pup

Updated: Sep 26

A dog in a purple dog clothes jumping over rocks in a stream

Most dog owners would agree that one of the best parts about having a furry friend is being able to share all sorts of fun activities with them. Whether you're looking for a way to get some exercise or simply want to spend some time outdoors with your four-legged friend, there are plenty of options for outdoor adventures.

Just be sure to do your research ahead of time to find pet-friendly locations. Always take basic precautions like making sure your pup has ID tags in case they wander off; check the weather beforehand and plan accordingly; and always bring water, food, and snacks for you and your dog.

From taking a leisurely walk around the block to hiking up a mountain, there are adventures to be had at every level. Here are a few easy, moderate, and advanced activities to try with your pup.

Always consult your physician and veterinarian before any strenuous and/or high-risk activities

Easy Activities

On the easy end of the spectrum are activities like going for a walk or run around your neighborhood, taking a hike on your favorite dog-friendly nature trail, going in the backyard and playing fetch, and visiting your local dog park.

Walking Your Dog

A girl walking her small dog and wearing matching dog and owner shirts from Fetch the Sun

Dog walks, or walkies as we call them, are a great way to enjoy time outdoors with your dog. Not only is it good for your physical health, but walking can also have positive effects on your mental well-being. In fact, research has shown that spending time with pets can help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve moods. Plus, it's a great way to explore your neighborhood, local park, or Farmer’s Market. Just be sure to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them.

Running With Your Four-Legged Bestie

A woman and her dogs running in orange matching dog and owner shirts

There's nothing quite like hitting your favorite running route with your four-legged friend by your side. Whether you're running for exercise, fresh air, or just to explore, dogs make great running companions. And, since they always seem to have boundless energy, they can be a great motivator to help you keep up your pace.

A woman getting her dogs geared up to go running

Before you hit the pavement with your pup, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure your dog is in good enough shape to handle a run. If they're not used to exercising for long periods of time, start off slow with some shorter jogs before working up to longer distances. Secondly, pay attention to the weather and pavement conditions - both can impact how comfortable your dog will be during a run. Finally, be prepared with plenty of water and some snacks for you and your pup in case you need to take a break along the way.

Once you're all set to go, enjoy the time spent bonding with your furry friend as you explore the world together - there's no better feeling than that!

Dog Hiking

A woman hiking with her dogs and wearing matching dog and people hoodies

One great way to explore the outdoors with your dog is by going on a hike. Not only will you both get some exercise, but you'll also get to take in all the sights and sounds of nature. With some planning and preparation, you're sure to have a paw-some time hiking with your furry friend.

There are plenty of trails out there that welcome dogs. Whether you're looking for an easy nature walk or a challenging mountain hike, there's something for everyone and your dog will love the chance to explore new territory.

Hiking with your dog can be a great bonding experience. You'll get to explore new places together and create lasting memories. Just be sure to pick a trail that is appropriate for your dog's fitness level and always keep them on a leash.

San Diego Local Tip: Check out Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Playing Fetch

There's nothing quite like playing fetch with your dog. The feeling of the wind in your hair as you run around, the joy on your pup's face as they chase after the ball - it's simply unbeatable. Whether you're at the park or in your own backyard, playing fetch is the perfect way to bond with your furry friend and get some exercise at the same time. And who knows - you might even end up burning a few calories yourself!

Visit a Dog Park

A great way to get your dog some exercise is to visit a dog park. These parks are filled with plenty of open space for dogs to run around and play, and most offer water fountains and areas for owners to sit and chat.

If you're lucky enough to live near a dog park, taking your furry friend there is a great way to help them burn off some energy. Just make sure to keep an eye on them at all times, as not all dogs are well-behaved.

Assuming your dog is well-behaved, though, the dog park can be a great place to socialize them. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be there, so it's a great opportunity for your dog to make some new friends. And if they're not the social type, they can still run around and burn off some energy. Either way, the dog park is a great option for a fun day out with your furry friend. Just be sure to bring along plenty of poop bags to clean up after your pup.

Moderate Activities

If you and your pup are feeling adventurous, there are plenty of moderate activities to choose from. Try exploring your local dog beach or going for a swim. Just be sure to take proper precautions (e.g., bringing plenty of water and snacks) and stay within your limits (and your pup's!).

Going to Dog Beach

 A dog playing at Del Mar Dog Beach in San Diego California

There's nothing like taking your dog to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! Your pup will love chasing the waves and digging in the sand, and you'll get to enjoy some quality time together in one of the most beautiful settings around.

Before heading out, make sure you pack everything you'll need for a successful trip, including water and food bowls, a flying disk or ball, and plenty of treats. And don't forget the sunscreen! Dogs can get sunburned too, so be sure to apply some dog safe sunscreen to them before heading out into the bright rays.

Once you arrive at the beach, take some time to let your dog explore and get acclimated to the new surroundings. Once they're comfortable, it's time to start playing! Fetch is always a popular choice. Just make sure you keep an eye on your pup at all times so they don't get too tired or overheated.

After a few hours of fun in the sun, it's time to pack up and head home. Your dog will be exhausted from all the excitement, but they'll definitely be looking forward to your next trip to dog beach!

San Diego Local Tip: Check out Del Mar Dog Beach


Dogs love playing in the water, so why not take them swimming? Pools, lakes, rivers and even the ocean provide perfect opportunities for a fun day out with your furry friend. Just make sure to bring along plenty of water and snacks to keep them energized. Whenever placing your pup in water, a dog life vest should always be worn.

If you're thinking about taking a dip with your dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that your dog is a good swimmer. Some breeds are natural swimmers, while others may need a little help. You can test this out by gently placing your dog in the water and seeing how they react. If they seem uncomfortable or start to panic, swimming probably isn't the best activity for them.

Once you've determined that your dog is a good swimmer, it's time to get in the water! Start by getting wet yourself so that your dog sees that it's okay to get wet. Then, help them into the water and encourage them to swim. If they seem hesitant, you can hold them close to you or throw a toy for them to fetch.

Swimming with your dog is a great way to have fun and bond with your furry friend. Just be sure to take some safety precautions and make sure that your dog is comfortable in the water before you dive in!

Advanced Activities

For those who like to really push themselves (and their pups!), there are plenty of advanced activities to choose from as well. Surfing, camping, and stand-up paddle boarding are just a few to name. If you and your pup are feeling more adventurous, these activities might be more your speed.


A dog laying on a surfboard with blue hair and wearing a dog surfing shirt by Fetch the Sun

If you're a surfer, there's a good chance you've thought about taking your dog out on the waves with you. After all, what could be more fun than shredding some gnarly waves with your furry best friend by your side?

Unfortunately, surfing with a dog isn't always as easy as it looks. Dogs can be unpredictable, and even the most well-trained pooch can have a bad day at the beach. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're thinking about hitting the waves with your four-legged friend:

  • Choose the right surf spot. Not all beaches are created equal when it comes to surfing with dogs. Look for a dog friendly spot that has gentle waves and plenty of space for your dog to run around.

  • Start with a test run. Before you hit the waves, take your dog for a swim in the ocean to see how they handle the water. If they seem uncomfortable or start to panic, surfing might not be the best activity for them.

  • Get the right gear. You'll need a doggy life jacket that will help keep your dog safe while you're riding the waves. Because each dog is different, do your research on the best surfboard to get your pup.

Two dogs surfing tandem on a surfboard at Del Mar Dog Beach

Be patient. It might take a few tries before your dog gets the hang of surfing. Don't get frustrated if they don't catch on right away - just keep practicing and having fun!


Two large huskies camping and wearing camping dog clothes by Fetch the Sun

If you're looking for a true outdoor adventure, consider going camping with your dog. Camping is a great way to bond with your furry friend and explore the great outdoors together. Many campsites now welcome dogs, and there's nothing like spending a few nights under the stars with your best friend. Just be sure to do your research to find a pet-friendly campsite and pack all the essential supplies for both you and your dog. Here are a few tips to make sure your camping trip with your dog is enjoyable for both of you.

  • Take some time to acclimate your dog to the new surroundings before heading off into the woods.

  • Bring plenty of food and water. Just like humans, dogs need sustenance to enjoy camping. Make sure you bring enough food and water for your pup, as well as any medications they may require.

  • Choose the right campsite. Not all campsites are created equal when it comes to accommodating dogs. Do some research beforehand to find a campsite that has plenty of space for your dog to run around and explore.

  • Keep them on a leash. Even the friendliest of dogs should be kept on a leash while camping. This will help keep them safe and prevent them from bothering other campers.

  • Be prepared for weather changes. If you're camping in an area with unpredictable weather, make sure you have a plan for keeping your dog comfortable. Bring extra blankets or a tarp to keep them dry if it rains, and don't forget the sunscreen!

  • Clean up after your dog. One of the most important things to remember when camping with a dog is to clean up after them. Bring along bags and pick up any waste they leave behind. Not only is it considerate to other campers, but it will also help keep the campsite clean and tidy.

A dog at a campsite sitting on a bench with a tent in the background

With a little planning and preparation, camping with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. Just remember to pack plenty of food and water, choose the right campsite, keep them on a leash, and clean up after them. By following these simple tips, you're sure to have a paw-some time!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

A woman and her dog stand up paddle boarding in Mission Bay in San Diego

If you're a dog-lover and an avid stand-up paddle boarder, why not combine the two and take your furry friend out on the water with you? SUPing with your dog is a great way to bond with your pet while getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors. Plus, it's bound to be a lot of fun for both of you!

  • Before heading out, make sure you have all the necessary gear for both you and your pup. A life jacket or dog vest is a must-have for any four-legged paddle boarder, and it's also a good idea to bring along a leash and some treats.

  • Find a calm body of water to start paddling in.

  • If your dog is a little hesitant at first, try getting in the water yourself and encouraging them to join you.

  • Once they're on the board, make sure they're situated comfortably and securely before starting to paddle.

  • And always keep an eye on them, as you would with any other passenger.

SUPing with your dog is a great way to spend some quality time together while getting some fresh