How To Help Your Pup Make Friends

01 May 2019 | Written by Tori Holmes
Whether you’ve got two legs or four, the prospect of making new friends can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a list of five things you can try with your pup to help them make some new friends – and who knows, maybe you’ll make some new friends as well!

Puppy classes

When your puppy has had their first set of vaccinations, you have the option to enroll them in puppy classes. While there are some training elements, the main focus on these classes is socialization. That means it’s essentially an organized playground where your dog is free to interact with other pups their age – the perfect opportunity to begin lasting friendships.

Dog park or dog beach

If you live near a dog beach or dog park, these are two locations that are sure to be teeming with potential doggy friends. Dog parks and beaches give your pup the chance to run around off-leash and enjoy the great outdoors, and due to the fact there are often behavioral requirements set, the other dogs yours interacts with will be happy to have new friends to play with. Many parks also have separate areas for small and large dogs, making it even easier to find the right playmates.

Hang out at a dog-friendly cafe

Dog-friendly cafes are another great place to scope out some canine companions. While you enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat, your dog can mingle with the other dogs there – this is especially easy at cafes that have a secured patio and allow dogs to be off leash. It’s also not a bad idea to bring your pup’s favorite Freshpet recipe or treat to share with their new friends. If your dog really hits it off with another furry patron, you can set a standing cafe date or schedule a future meetup at your local dog park where they will have more space to play.

Organized clubs

Is there a sport or activity you and your dog are interested in trying? This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new and make a whole new group of friends. Many cities have dedicated clubs for sports like kickball, ultimate frisbee, and flag football where owners and their dogs can come together to practice and socialize. Even if you don’t want to participate in competitions, you can both have a blast just spending time with other club members.

Join a meetup

Joining a local meetup with other dog owners gives both you and your pup a chance to make some new friends – a win-win! Search websites like or local pet-friendly Facebook to find doggy meetups for walks, playgroups, hiking, and more. If there’s an activity you and your pup enjoy, there’s a good chance that others in your community enjoy it as well, which is the great starting point to building a lasting friendship. Whether you choose to hit the beach, try a paw at kickball, or simply chill at a pet-friendly cafe, your pup will enjoy making new friends. The most important thing is to find something that both of you can enjoy because the more fun you have the more people and pups will be drawn to joining in.

Responses to this Post

Willie Williams
24 May, 2019 at 02:57 am
Lots of great ideas, I plan on doing a couple of them. Thanks!!!
7 Jun, 2019 at 12:42 pm
Thanks for the tips, going to give them a try with my new husky puppy. I just signed him up for puppy classes, should be fun!
Sally Hudson
10 Jun, 2019 at 03:31 pm
Some great ideas for places you can take your dog to socialise them. The more opportunities a puppy gets to socialise in a safe way the better adjusted they will be as they grow up. My dog went to as many places as possible when he was young (and still does). I can't walk by the local pub without him trying to drag me in their as he loves it so much :-).

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