Written by Tori Holmes | Article Featured on Freshpet
Whether you’ve got two legs or four, the prospect of making new friends can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a list of five things you can try with your pup to help them make some new friends – and who knows, maybe you’ll make some new friends as well!
When your puppy has had their first set of vaccinations, you have the option to enroll them in puppy classes. While there are some training elements, the main focus on these classes is socialization. That means it’s essentially an organized playground where your dog is free to interact with other pups their age – the perfect opportunity to begin lasting friendships.
DOG PARK OR DOG BEACH
If you live near a dog beach or dog park, these are two locations that are sure to be teeming with potential doggy friends. Dog parks and beaches give your pup the chance to run around off-leash and enjoy the great outdoors, and due to the fact there are often behavioral requirements set, the other dogs yours interacts with will be happy to have new friends to play with. Many parks also have separate areas for small and large dogs, making it even easier to find the right playmates.
HANG OUT AT A DOG-FRIENDLY CAFE
Dog-friendly cafes are another great place to scope out some canine companions. While you enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat, your dog can mingle with the other dogs there – this is especially easy at cafes that have a secured patio and allow dogs to be off leash. It’s also not a bad idea to bring your pup’s favorite Freshpet recipe or treat to share with their new friends. If your dog really hits it off with another furry patron, you can set a standing cafe date or schedule a future meetup at your local dog park where they will have more space to play.
Is there a sport or activity you and your dog are interested in trying? This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new and make a whole new group of friends. Many cities have dedicated clubs for sports like kickball, ultimate frisbee, and flag football where owners and their dogs can come together to practice and socialize. Even if you don’t want to participate in competitions, you can both have a blast just spending time with other club members.
JOIN A MEETUP
Joining a local meetup with other dog owners gives both you and your pup a chance to make some new friends – a win-win! Search websites like Meetup.com or local pet-friendly Facebook to find doggy meetups for walks, playgroups, hiking, and more. If there’s an activity you and your pup enjoy, there’s a good chance that others in your community enjoy it as well, which is the great starting point to building a lasting friendship.
Whether you choose to hit the beach, try a paw at kickball, or simply chill at a pet-friendly cafe, your pup will enjoy making new friends. The most important thing is to find something that both of you can enjoy because the more fun you have the more people and pups will be drawn to joining in.
Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.
Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital
9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.