5 Ways to Bond with Your Pup

A version of this recently appeared in August/September issue of South magazine.

The dog days of summer are here, but that doesn’t mean you and your furry friend can’t have fun. Man’s best friend relies on you to provide some entertainment and, thankfully, here in the Lowcountry there’s plenty of fun to go around.

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Paddleboarding 

Paddleboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the South. Putting your pup on a board with you can be a rewarding adventure to get y’all outside and having fun. Places like East Coast Paddleboarding on Tybee Island make it the perfect opportunity to give your pup some sensory overload while you enjoy the local waterways and views.

Brunch

We love dogs here in the South, so most restaurants are either dog friendly or do something special for pups. Stop into J. Christopher’s, for their Puppy Chow Meal, a dish created specifically for your four-legged friend. It’s made of eggs, sausage, bacon, and potatoes, and served cleverly in a dog bowl.

Walk the marshes

Whether you’re a runner or just looking for a stroll, Whitemarsh Preserve is 150 acres of marsh for you and your dog to enjoy a little nature-infused stress relief. With nearly 13 acres of brackish marsh, two acres of open fields, and more than two miles of trails, there’s plenty to keep your dog barking up the right tree.

Bathing with your dog

Contrary to popular belief, bathing with your dog can be an enjoyable experience. Taking note from Pavlov’s dog theory, putting some of your pups favorite toys in the tub and keeping some treats on hand can make your dog excited for bath time. Hoping in with your furry friend to show them it’s okay can even make them less stressed.

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Naptime

That’s right, naps. According to a Mayo Clinic study in 2017, sleeping with your pup is a good thing. The study showed that people who slept with their dogs in their bed or elsewhere in their room had a higher quality of sleep than when they would sleep without them. So pull up a pillow and let your pup snuggle on in.