16th June 2017

6 pet picnic pointers for a dog-friendly day out

In honour of National Picnic Week, we at Best in Show have compiled some tips to make picnicking with your pet a walk in the park.

Our (not-so-great) British weather is finally starting to brighten and we can’t wait to get outside with our pups. And nothing says summer quite like a sunny afternoon picnic, that gets us all in the mood for tasty treats and ball games. We want to make sure that your pet picnic is as fun and risk-free as possible. So here are our 5 top pet tips for a safe, healthy and enjoyable picnic with your dog.

 

1. Pick the perfect picnic spot 

Our country is full of beaches, charming coastal areas and National Parks for you and your dog to explore to your hearts content. Find your patch of perfect woodland to unpack your hamper and relax together.

On those hot days, look for a quiet, pretty spot with plenty of shade for some quiet respite if the excitement gets a bit too much. Just make sure to read over the simple guidelines of your preferred park before your trip.

Find the perfect picnic spot in your area.

 

2. Pre-picnic playtime 

Enjoy a long walk around the beautiful parkland with your dog before settling down for your pet picnic. Let them explore the sights, sounds (and smells!) of the park and work up an appetite for the dog-friendly delights in your picnic basket. And for afters, take a long-lasting chew toy so that they can play while you tuck in to your sandwiches.  

Our 100% natural Wild Deer Antlers are packed with nutrients, vitamin D and are low in fat. They are designed to go the distance and will give you the chance to enjoy your own al fresco feast before it’s time to explore again!

 

3. Pack a pet-friendly picnic basket

Our natural dog treats are ideal if you’re not sure on what your dog can and can’t eat. Or if you don’t have time to recreate a dog-friendly recipe for your pet picnic. To avoid your food (or someone else’s) being stolen by a slobbery thief, we’ve done the hard work for you.

With ingredients that have been lovingly handpicked by nutritionists, you can rest assured that your doggy hamper will be the tastiest of them all! From Popcorn to Crisps, and Biscuit Bites that are small in size, big in pet health benefits, we’ve got treats that will keep them occupied. For younger dogs, our bite-sized treats will be perfect for some training time in between meals and chill out time.

 

4. Prepare for the heat 

A day of fun in the sun calls for plenty of hydration. Bag a shady spot for you and your dog to relax and cool off, while ensuring that they have plenty of fresh, clean water to drink throughout the day.

As for something that will keep them entertained as well as hydrated, our Rope Toys are perfect for cleverly cooling your dog down. Simply soak the toy in water, pop it in a bag and freeze overnight for an instant re-fresh. Pack up in a cool bag if you’re planning a journey to a picnic park that’s a little way from home.

 

5. Plan with an essential packing list 

  • Towel 
  • Suncream (for those noses that get burned)
  • Dog travel water bottle/bowl
  • Delicious dog-friendly treats
  • Long-lasting chew toy
  • Poop bags
  • Blanket (in case the sun goes in)
  • Picnic blanket
  • Dog lead
  • Other pet owners (the more the merrier!)

 

6. Take pictures!

So who’s ready for a pet picnic? We’d love you to share pictures of you picnicking with your pet with us. Tweet yours to @BestinShowuk