Life in Mount Laurel NJ is always full of fun activities. But it’s not just us humans who can have adventures around town. The community is so pet-friendly and makes it easy to venture out with dogs. When I think about why I became a dog trainer the growth I want for pet parents is to be able to have fun experiences with their dogs.
To help you and your dog get out and find some fun experiences together I put together a quick list you both can enjoy in Mount Laurel and surrounding areas.
1. Zed’s Beer-Bado Brewing
I’m not sure if you’ve ever checked this place out but—it looks like a MUST place to try. I have not tried it but have heard it is a great place to bring your pet. They have a new beer this year just in time for summer they are releasing Zed’s Kölsch-style American Ale. I am excited about another new place you can have fun with your dog. If you have been to Zed or are planning a trip, make sure to let us know what you and your dog thought about this experience.
We all need to relax and unwind from time to time. This 100% includes our dogs. If you’ve never tried Dog Yoga before it is great for the mind and body of our dogs. I highly recommend Jo ‘Rosie Haffenden -Real Dog Yoga. I have actually done some of my best dog training with Jo’ Rosie for scent, puppy, and dog behavior struggles. Yoga is wonderful for both you and your dog and a fun experience for you to do together. I’m sure you and your pooch will have an equally zen time.
1. Historical Smithville Park
It’s always nice to change up your scenery from time to time. A local gem for Sasha, my dog, and I is Historical Smithville Park. I love this location for it has hills in NJ, a Super cool walkway over the water, and doesn’t feel crowded. Don’t forget to bring a nice light long lead for some quality sniffing, water, and collapsible bowl, treats, snacks, and maybe some bug spray. You will want to stay so be prepared to hang out for a while the hike could take an hour and you will want to enjoy the day and not have to leave for food or water.
1. Full House Pets
Shopping is so much better when you can bring your dog. Full House Pets is a new pet store in the Larchmont Shopping Center right next to Shoprite. They have many different types of animal foods, toys, and healthy chews, plus they sell my favorite dog food Stella and Chewy. They have a good number of healthy snacks for our dogs, and they happily welcome all dogs and pets. The staff is incredible with dogs. They often have fun events so check out their FB page. The GRAND OPENING is 6/17 - 6/19. I dropped in and spoke with the owner and staff, and they were very welcoming, I have some ideas brewing in my mind for field trips for students……
1. The Governors Retreat
Thankfully travel is getting easier for pet parents. From dog-friendly hotels to awesome pet lodges, if you need to leave town (or even go on a well-earned staycation), the Governors Retreat is a place to go! They offer a beautiful cottage that is dog friendly for any dog. My favorite part about them is that your dog did not have to be on a leash all day. Sasha sniffed all over and the trails were so close we did not need a car. Sasha did not want to leave Mike, my husband, and I never saw her not want to come with us. We did the fake “I am leaving” and got in the car and Sasha stayed at the front door. The owners are super friendly and told us some places to go. You are just surrounded by beauty no matter where you look. We cannot wait to all go back again! You and your dog will find this place to be a super fun experience. Check it out here
1- Good Dog Concept Training
Trying to teach an old dog new tricks? Or do you have a new pup in the house you need to train? I have the person for you! Karen Falciani at Good Dog Concept Training is hands-down one of the best trainers I’ve ever met. She works with game-based training so training is never a chore. Even if you don’t need a trainer right now, keep Karen Falciani in mind because you never know when you might need the savvy guidance of an experienced dog trainer so you can enjoy all the activities listed here.
1. Village Veterinary Hospital
I am lucky to know all the Veterinary doctors that work at Village Veterinary Hospital and they are all passionate about dog health and treatments. This is who I bring my dog to for all her routine wellness check-ups. I also did 3 days watching them deal with dog patients for the CPR course I took. When it was time for end-of-life care with my previous dog DR. Perlman was there to help me through it all with so much kindness at a difficult time. If you need a Vet I highly recommend checking them out.
1. All Season Pups Photography
Who doesn’t want beautiful photos of their pup all over the house? Susana Maria is a member of the South Jersey dachshund club, and she posts some really great pictures. I asked her why she got into taking animal pictures. She said - "I like to catch the little moments and special occasions with dogs. I think everyone deserves at least one nice picture of their dog, when my last dog passed, I was so sad about how few pictures I had of him. Once I started taking pictures of my four furnabies, I wanted to do the same for others." This is so true. Take a look at her FB page
Know of an awesome dog-loving spot I missed? Send me a quick message at Karen@gooddogconcepttraining.com and let me know! I’m always looking for new places to check out.