Easter is on the horizon, and what better way to celebrate bank holidays and the excuse to indulge in edible treats than spending quality time with your best bud?

If you’re looking for canine-friendly activities for the long weekend, here are some egg-cellent things to do with your dog.


Plan a dog-friendly Easter egg hunt 

Dog easter hunt

Most of us go a little crazy with our calorie intake when Easter comes around. For one weekend, we make it our mission to eat as much chocolate as possible, and we become the most competitive creatures on the planet when scouring gardens in search of sparkling, foil-covered eggs.

Easter is a time for loved ones, so make sure you don’t forget your loyal companion in all the excitement of filling your bucket and treating your tummy. Chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs, so ensure your stash is well-hidden and out of reach of inquisitive noses and powerful paws.

To create a dog-friendly egg hunt, you can use plastic eggs to store dog treats or morsels of chicken or fish. Scatter the eggs around the garden (avoid pristine flower beds and ornamental displays) and watch your trusty steed tear around, getting firmly into the Easter spirit. If you’re feeling really generous, you can always extend the invite to any canine friends in the local area.

Treat your dog to a slap-up lamb dinner

Easter is traditionally a time when we indulge in spring fayre and get together with friends and family for languid lunches and hearty roast dinners. If you’re looking forward to tucking into a lamb dinner this Easter, you don’t have to feel guilty when you’re eating alongside your pet pooch.

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Get zen

dog yoga - doga

If you’re looking forward to a chilled weekend and some much-needed time to de-stress and relax, why not try the latest craze in the world of exercise and hot Instagram trend, dog yoga, or ‘Doga?’

Classes are designed for humans and dogs, enabling you to spend quality time with your fur-ever friend at the same time as unwinding, kicking back and enjoying a bit of peace and quiet. Downward dog shouldn’t be a problem, even for novice pooches and couch pawtatos.


Host a pawesome party

pawsome party

When you have time off, the sun is shining, and everyone’s in a good mood, there’s nothing better than planning an event. While we tend to focus on family gatherings and parties with friends, there’s nothing wrong with being original. If your dog is your favourite companion, why not throw a party that enables you to catch up with friends and gives your hound the chance to bond with some old or new doggy mates and wave their tails in the air like they just don’t care.

Dachshund parties in parks and beaches are all the rage on social media, and there’s no reason why you can’t host your own canine club night.


Hit the beach

dog surfing the beach

Dogs love the beach. Humans love the beach. If the weather is playing ball, and you’re reasonably close to the coast, why not plan a trip to the seaside over the long weekend? Take some balls and frisbees, a water bowl, some food, a couple of chairs and a pop-up tent, and you’re good to go.

There are some great dog-friendly beaches dotted around the UK, but not all beaches allow dogs, so make sure you check suitable destinations before you set off.


Go to the park

Dog park

A trip to the park can tick a whole host of boxes if you’re looking for fun things to do over the Easter weekend. You can arrange to meet up with friends and family, you can take your dog for a long walk, you can hang out with the kids, you can relax and enjoy the fresh air, and you can let your hair down, have fun and play games.

Dogs love to be out in the open and they’ll chase balls and collect sticks for hours on end. A day at the park will undoubtedly get their tail wagging.


Book a pamper session

Pamper your dog

Modern-day dogs have a taste for the finer things in life, and many hounds like to be pampered and preened. If you’ve got a couple of days off, and you fancy treating your pooch, why not book them in for a fresh trim or a fur-raising facial?

Alternatively, you can organise your own DIY spa day at home and run them a bath, shampoo and condition their coat and then chill out in front of the TV with a drink and some edible delicacies.


Run, walk or cycle

Cycling with your dog

Most dogs get excited about the prospect of letting off steam. If you enjoy being active, or you feel a little guilty after eating chocolate eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, why not take your ever-willing training partner out for a run, a cycle or a walk? You can go to the park, you can head to the forest or run around a lake, or you could do a few circuits closer to home. You’ll feel saintly after burning all those calories, and your dog will have a whale of a time. Plan a route that suits your dog’s fitness and activity levels, and don’t forget to stop for a drink en route.

If you’ve got a few days off work, one thing is guaranteed. Your furry friend will be overjoyed to have more time with you. If you’re looking for ideas for things to do with your dog over Easter, there’s a host of fun, dog-friendly activities you can try. Whether you’re looking to plan a day out, you fancy a trip to the beach, or you want to hang out with friends and their precious pooches, there’s nothing to stop you having a fun-packed weekend with your pup.


Read our blog on Easter Dangers for Pets by Vet Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads!

*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*