5 Ways to Celebrate Dog Dads This Father’s Day

Posted by Erin Ballinger

Dog dads do so much for their four-legged children. This Father’s Day, show your love and appreciation for the dog dad in your life by spending some quality time together with man’s best friend. Here are five ways to show dad how much he means to his two- and four-legged family.

1. Play 18 Holes With Your Hound

"Can I fetch it if you miss?" Photo by BringFido

Your dad might not even realize that he can play a round of golf with his best friend by his side. This year, give Pops and his pup a special treat by inviting him to hit the links at a pet-friendly golf course. Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade Lakes, ME, Discovery Bay Golf Course in Port Townsend, WA, and Agate Beach Golf Course in Newport, OR are three of our favorites. These public courses are located in pristine natural settings that promise a beautiful day out on the greens. If you make it a competitive game, plan ahead and teach Fido to fetch your opponent's balls!

2. Grrrill Out With Dad

Backyard barbecues make dads and dogs smile. Photo by @vgajic

Treat the man of honor to a laid-back family cookout at home. Throw some meat on the grill, put a frosty beverage in Dad’s hand, and let him feel the love. Add grilled sweet potatoes and asparagus alongside some fresh cantaloupe and watermelon to round out his Father’s Day feast. Don't forget to fire up an unseasoned patty for your furry friend to share in the meal.

If Dad is the king of the grill, equip him with the right gear for the job. Nothing says "dog dad at work" like this apron, which you can customize with the pup of your choice. If you really want him to cook like a boss (of dogs), this paw brand will put just the right finishing touch on his steak.

This steak belongs to Fido.Photo by Amazon

3. Take Dad and Dog Out for a Beer

Spend Father’s Day with Dad drinking craft brews. Photo by Bruz Beers

A low-key (but always popular) way to spend Father’s Day is by visiting a local dog-friendly brewery for a pint or two of craft beer. Several breweries host events where you can bring your canine companion on Father’s Day. In Charlotte, NC, The Unknown Brewing Co. is hosting Happy Puppy Walk on June 16, 2019. Meet at 2 p.m. with your pup for a leisurely 3-mile group walk to Canine Café for a stop with doggy daiquiris and cake. Afterward, you’ll head back to The Unknown where you can spend the afternoon with your pooch on the front patio. Be sure to order one of the specialty non-alcoholic beers available just for dogs! In Denver, CO, take your dog father to Bruz Beers for Brunch at Bruz. The Basted Egg Food Truck will be on site serving up eggs to complement the beer flowing from the kegs. Fido won’t feel left out because the brewery has special biscuits just for him. Best of all, dogs are allowed inside and out, so the weather won’t affect your plans!

4. Give Back at a Dog-Friendly Charity Event With Dad

Give back at Wags N Wine while watching a pooch pageant and sipping wines. Photo by Wags N Wine

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by attending a dog-friendly charity event? Invite him to the Dog Dad’s Day Brunch in Chicago, IL which benefits PAWWS - Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors or Wags N Wine, benefitting Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation in Huntington Beach, CA. If Dad doesn't mind looking silly for a good cause, sign him and his best friend up for the Portland Undy RunWalk, which benefits the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. And who wants to miss theBoston Tea Pawty, which benefits PAWS New England?

Check outour events section to find local hound-friendly happenings near you, and enjoy celebrating a dog-friendly Father's Day!

5. Plan a Picnic at a Pet-Friendly Park

Celebrate Father’s Day with the fam at a dog-friendly park. Photo by Kei Uesugi

Sometimes the simplest gifts are the most meaningful. Give your dog daddy your undivided attention while enjoying a family picnic at a dog-friendly park this Father’s Day. Prepare or pick up some of his favorite foods and bring along a frisbee to have some fun with his four-legged friend.

How do you plan to show your gratitude to the dog dad in your life this Father’s Day? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by @adamkaz.