It’s time to date your dog. Yes, you heard that right. With so many canine-friendly activities and businesses popping up around Dayton, your pooch wants to do more than just walk around the block! Here’s a few ideas to make a day with your pup fun from dawn to dusk.
Any good date starts with an activity, so head outside and make your way to the park!
Deeds Dog Park
A place with a view: Deeds Dog Park faces the southwest corner of downtown Dayton, just across from the Mad River. This large fenced-in space allows for great exploration and exercise. Don’t forget the ball! Learn more at www.Metroparks.org.
Montgomery County Bark Park
Built on an old landfill, Montgomery Bark Park offers over six acres of running space in this reduce, reuse and recycle themed dog park. All items in the park are made from recycled products too. With canine agility equipment and onsite water access, your pup will give this place four paws up! Plan a visit at www.Mcohio.org.
Oakwood Dog Park at Creager Field
Offering a more quaint experience, Oakwood Dog Park at Creager Field is situated between the intersection of Shafor Boulevard and Irving Avenue. This grassy square (totaling 50 yards) has separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs with a water source as well. For more information, check out www.Welcome2oakwood.com.
After a big day at the park, a few snacks are in order. Try these bakeries for a bone-a-fied treat your pup will love.
Lindy & Company Gourmet Pet Treats
A bakery with a purpose: Lindy & Company was created by Daybreak, a nonprofit that helps homeless youth in Dayton. Local kids are invited to work at the bakery, creating delicious and healthy treats for pets. The gourmet on the go biscuits and yogurt peanutty puppers are sure to please. Learn more at www.Lindyandcompany.org.
Located in Springfield, Bone-a-Fido Bakery specializes in healthy and all-natural products for dogs (and cats). All of the gourmet cookies are hand-pressed and oven-baked in their on-site bakery. (Try the apple cinnamon bones.) Remember this place when your dog’s birthday rolls around too! For hours and location, visit www.Bone-a-fido.com.
MOBILE PET GROOMING
Press paws and make time for a little pup pampering. These speedy spas will have your canine companion looking in top form in no time.
Ruff Kutz Mobile Pet Grooming
Ruff Kutz Mobile Pet Grooming perfectly pairs relaxation with convenience. This traveling pet-grooming van offers full service on all breeds with an average groom time of an hour or less (and new clients get a 10% discount.)
Call 937-510-1827 to schedule!
Just “Fur” Potty Pooch Parlor
Tame the tail with the mobile groomers at Just “Fur” Potty Pooch Parlor, serving South Dayton and surrounding areas. Grooming services include a warm hydro bath, a fluff or hand blow dry, full brush, nail trims and more. For pricing and appointments, visit www.Justfurpotty.com.
Now that he’s all spiffed up, have your dog strut his stuff! A doggie dinner date is next on the agenda.
Tables for Two (dog and you!)
Dayton is for the dogs – when it comes to restaurants! Pet-friendly places include Milano’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Flavors Eatery and Lily’s Bistro. All delicious and dog-approved.
DOG DAYCARE AND BOARDING
Maybe your pooch wants to keep the fun going with a few other furry friends? (And you need to get back to your humans!) Try these facilities to keep him busy, happy and safe.
Lucky Dog Daycare
Emphasizing exercise and individualized attention, Lucky Dog Daycare focuses on each dog’s unique personality and experience. Parents are given a daily record of activities too. And rest assured, Lucky Dog Daycare is attached to Animal M.D., where vets can assess potential concerns with no additional charges. For pricing and information, visit www.Luckydogkett.com.
The Doggie Retreat
A home away from home, the Doggie Retreat offers both pet sitting and boarding in Kettering. At a good price point, the Doggie Retreat is a great option for families hoping to socialize their dog during the day. Grooming options are also available. Call (937) 256-9663 to learn more.
Paws down, a dog can make a great date! With so many pet-friendly spots in the Dayton area, it’s easy to create fur-ever memories with your canine pal.