6 Dog-Friendly Date Ideas
Looking for dog-friendly date night ideas? You’ve come to the right place. Get to know your new beau alongside your best fur-iend and watch the barks fly! Here is our list of dog-friendly date ideas.
Get Fur-riendly with these Date Ideas You Can Do With Dogs
First dates bring a whirlwind of emotions, like excitement, butterflies, nerves and jitters. But there’s only one thing we really care about when sniffing out the one, and that’s what they think of our furry best friend.
A Kennel Club survey of UK dog owners found that 57% wouldn’t be in a relationship with anyone who didn’t like dogs, yet almost half of the respondents revealed they would be more likely to go on a date with another owner.
Clearly, our canine companions are the light of our life and the one that needs to be impressed by your date, so instead of showing a photo on your phone, why not take your furry third wheel with you?
That waggy tail, big slobbery kiss or wet nose is a great way to break the ice. Not only that, but they are a great judge of character. Let’s face it, “if the tails aren’t waggin’, then your date better get their bags ‘a’ packin.”
Stuck for inspiring places to help sparks fly? Here’s a list of top first date ideas to try from Dog Furiendly…
A romantic dog walk
Trip to the cinema
Grab a coffee
Picnic in the park
Let’s take a look at each one in turn…
1. A Romantic Dog Walk
Of course, this would always be on the top of your dog’s date list. It’s a great way to get to know each other without distractions.
The UK is filled with beautiful walking routes, including mountains, waterfalls and lakes, scenic views and dreamy coastlines.
To make it even better, pack a picnic blanket, fill your personalised dog travel mug with hot chocolate, or take a bottle of fizz and catch the sunrise or sunset together.
2. Dog-Friendly Restaurant
The go-to dog-friendly date night. There’s nothing more classic than the candlelit mood lighting, tasty food and flowing drinks.
You’ll be surprised at the number of fancy restaurants which are dog friendly across the UK. Gordon Ramsay, for example, is a huge dog fan, and dogs are welcome at many of his establishments! Find a restaurant near you, by visiting Dog Furiendly.
3. Trip to the Cinema
Did you know, there are plenty of cinemas opening their doors to our furry friends across the UK?
Glasgow has Grosvenor Cinema, cities across London have the Picturehouse Cinemas, Birmingham has The Mockingbird Cinema, Derbyshire offers the Northern lights Cinema and Manchester’s Ducie Street Warehouse offers a dog-friendly screening each Monday, showing canine classics such as Beethoven and Lassie.
4. Grab a Coffee
Fancy something short but sweet? A classic coffee date is always a winner and chances are, there’s a dog-friendly cafe or coffee shop just around the corner. Bonus points if you can join it up with a walk!
5. Boat Trip
First dates tend to take place on land. Why not surprise your date (and dog!) to a boat trip on the open sea, river or lake?
There are some great dog-friendly boat trips across the UK, including some with incredible scenery, or opportunities to spot dolphins or puffins.
6. Picnic in the Park!
When the sun is shining, a picnic in the park is always our go-to date. Don’t forget to pack picnic bits and a ball or two for the dog so they don’t feel left out.
The British weather is always unpredictable, but don’t let the gloomy weather stop you - wrap up warm, pack your dog’s favourite snacks and off you go!
Our favourite dog-friendly date idea
For us, our favourite dog-friendly date idea definitely has to be a romantic dog walk. Although, any of these options is a great way to kick off a first date. That waggy tail, big slobbery kiss or wet nose is a great way to break the ice. Not only that, but dogs are a great judge of character. Let’s face it, “if the tails aren’t waggin’, then your date better get their bags ‘a’ packin.”