They don’t say that dogs are “man’s best friend” for nothing—these furry creatures really do feel more like pals than pets once you spend enough time with them.

Looking for a way to make the most of your time with them? It’s easy—just check out this list of ideas for your dog bucket list:


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But First, You Have to Actually Get a Dog

Here are some items related to how to start off your dog bucket list (since, you know, you kind of actually need a dog in order to get going):

  • Visit an animal shelter
  • Donate to the Humane Society or another local shelter
  • Adopt a dog (or convince your parents to adopt one)
  • Determine what dog you and your friends are most like
  • Foster a dog
  • Go to a dog park, even if you don’t have a dog yet

Owners with their dogs at the dog park: Shutterstock. Group Of Dogs With Owners At Obedience Class

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  • Volunteer at the local dog or animal shelter
  • Raise money for an animal shelter or to adopt your own dog
  • Get your parent’s permission to get a dog (consider making a PowerPoint!)
  • Dog sit for someone you know
  • Try getting a job as a dog walker for experience

Man walking lots of dogs: Shutterstock. Dogs on the streets on leash with smiling man professional dog walker

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Now That You Have a Dog

Now let’s really get started on creating your ultimate dog-related bucket list:

  • Name your new dog
  • Go to a dog beach
  • Teach a dog how to sit
  • Teach a dog to wait
  • Teach a dog to roll over
  • Teach a dog to shake
  • Make homemade dog-friendly treats
  • Get your dog a puppuccino from Starbucks
  • Buy dog toys in every color
  • Get your dog a nametag
  • Take photos with Santa
  • Eat on the patio of a pet-friendly restaurant
  • Go camping

Woman camping outdoors near fire pit with dog: Shutterstock. Woman and dog warm near campfire in forest

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  • Sign your dog up for an obedience class
  • Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations
  • Go for a car ride with your dog
  • Go on a longer trip with your dog
  • Introduce your dog to your friends
  • Get matching Halloween costumes for your dog
  • Have a doggy birthday or adoption day party
  • Watch the Puppy Bowl instead of the Super Bowl
  • Play frisbee in the park
  • Take a nap together
  • Create a dog calendar with all the photos you have saved of your pup
  • Go for a swim with your dog
  • Have a play date with another dog
  • Create an Instagram for your dog
  • Do doggy yoga

Woman doing yoga with dog: Shutterstock. Young happy female athlete practicing Yoga while dog is sitting next to her at home.

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And there you have it, some ideas to get you started on creating your very own Fido-friendly dog bucket list!

Ready to get going? There’s no better time than summer, but first you’ll want to click HERE to read all about our favorite products that will ensure you have the best summer ever with your dog.