As dog owners, we want to have good times and memorable experiences with our pets. Many of us walk our dogs and play with them in the backyard but how often do you really get out with your best companion. There are many options available to pet owners that most people never think about.

Lager cities and even some smaller towns may have more going on then you know. I personally live in Austin, Texas. Austin is one of the most dog-friendly towns that I have ever lived. We have many dog parks and events for pet owners.

Many owners may not realize the options their own city offers them. One good way to find off-leash dog parks is to check out your towns parks and recreation department. Austin has 12 off-leash dog parks all of which are well mapped on the parks and recreation page.

Your dog will love getting out and meeting other dogs and seeing new things. Dog parks are a great way to bond and socialize your dog with new people and other dogs. There are some things you should keep in mind before visiting any dog park. You should make sure your dog is up to date on all its vaccinations. This is very important as dogs that have not been vaccinated could get very ill if the area you visit is contaminated with viruses such as Parvo. Also, you will want to make sure to pack some drinking water for you and your dog and other outing supplies such as poop bags. A day at the dog park is never a day wasted.

Many places also have big events for pets. Such as pet fairs, parades, contest. These can all be great fun Austin has Pet-a-Palooza every year along with many other events for dogs. You can find out if your area has any special upcoming events by searching the internet, you may even be able to contact your local ASPCA or Humane Society as both of these organizations normally attend any pet event that may be going on in your town.

So add a little more excitement to your pets life by getting out more often. You may be surprised at the options that are available to you when it comes to spending time with your dog.

Source by Robin Kasper