Picnicking With Your Pets
Picnicking with your pets is a really enjoyable way to get your pets out doors and have a good time with them while enjoying the great summer weather while it lasts. Animals add a lot of fun to any outdoor event and so they are a great addition to picnicking. Furthermore, kids enjoy playing with pets for long periods of time and this can be a great solution for finding a balance of relaxing for yourself, while entertaining your kids. However, animals can take a little more work to watch over, especially in a public place like a park. Additionally, just as you are eating, your pets need to enjoy food. Not to mention the heat of the day can really wear down on your animal so you'll need plenty of cold water for them to refresh themselves.
To begin with, your pet must be well-behaved. If you constantly need to keep them on a short leash and bark orders at them (no pun intended), then trying to relax with them, especially with food and probably other animals around, can be a huge hassle. In these cases, it might be better to leave them at home or with a friend instead of brining them along. Unlike a leisurely walk, picnicking is supposed to be sitting and relaxing and this can make some high overhead pets a little frustrated.
Next, make sure wherever your heading to picnic allows pets. Parks usually do, but require they are on leashes the entire time. Beaches are a similar circumstance as well, but with a little more freedom as they are usually more open. The key again is your trust in your pet to not go running off or bother other people or pets.
Next, bring along some food with you for your pet. Feed them when you eat as well. This will help reduce sniffing and other intrusions on your own meal since your pet can chomp down on their own. Also, water is extremely important to have on hand. Bring more than enough for your pet to drink as well as a bowl for them to drink from whenever they like. If you plan on playing catch or other activities with your pet, bring extra so they won't get quickly worn down and dehydrated.
Just like you brought a blanket or chairs for yourself, bring a bed or some other soft place for your pet to lie on. Your animal needs relaxation too after all.