Are you ready to have some fun-in-the-sun with your pup? Summer is the perfect season to make fun memories with your dog. Here’s a list of some entertaining activities you and your summer-loving dog can enjoy doing together!
Bring your dog to a lake, river, or beach and enjoy the sun while swimming, playing retrieving games, or even going for a nice long walk! Play fun games such as tossing a squeaky floating toy into the river or lake and have your pup retrieve it back to you. Take your dog to the beach and enjoy taking a relaxing walk on the sand, splashing or swimming in the ocean, and chasing waves with your dog.
Swimming is a great way to beat the summer heat and have fun with your furry friend. However, not all dogs are natural swimmers, and some may even feel fearful or anxious around water. If your dog is new to swimming, start slow and let them get used to the water gradually. Introduce them to shallow water first and encourage them to take small steps towards deeper water. You can also use a flotation device to help your dog feel more comfortable in the water. Another important thing to keep in mind is to always supervise your dog while they are swimming, even if they are experienced swimmers. Accidents can happen, and it’s important to be prepared to act quickly if your dog gets into trouble.
Purchase a kiddie pool or a foldable pet pool and set up a pool party in your backyard. If you have children that love to play in their kiddie pool, then even better! Let your kids and dog enjoy splashing in the water together. Letting your dog hop in and out of the pool will keep them active while feeling cooled off on some of the hottest summer days. Another benefit to having a kiddie pool for your pup is the convenience of being able to set it up in your backyard at any moment! If you have an outdoor pool and would like to get your exercise by swimming laps together, make sure to put a life jacket on your dog for safety reasons before letting them jump in the pool. Always supervise your dog to make sure they are safe.
Take your pup out for the weekend to the woods and get fresh air, cuddle up by the campfire, and connect with the quiet, beautiful nature. Try camping out in a tent or find a dog-friendly cabin. Camping with your dog is a great way to unplug from the busy world and spend special bonding time.
Not all hiking trails are dog-friendly, and some may even be dangerous for your dog. Before you hit the trails, make sure to do some research to find dog-friendly hiking trails in your area. Look for trails that are well-maintained, have clear markers, and are free from hazards such as steep drop-offs or poisonous plants. You should also make sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your dog, as well as some snacks to keep you both energized. When you’re on the trail, keep your dog on a leash and make sure to clean up after them. Remember to take it slow and enjoy the scenery – hiking with your dog is all about the journey, not just the destination.
Take a Hike
If you and your pup are nature lovers, then take a trip and enjoy hiking through scenic trails, deserts, forests, and mountains. Hiking with your dog provides terrific health benefits for both of you. In addition, your dog will get to exercise while enjoying the sights and smells of nature.
Before you head out, check online to see if the restaurant has an outdoor patio that welcomes dogs. Once you arrive, make sure to keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times. You should also bring a water bowl for your dog, as well as some treats or food if the restaurant allows it. When you’re ordering your own food, consider getting a dish that you can share with your dog, such as grilled chicken or a side of vegetables. Remember to be courteous to other diners and make sure that your dog is not bothering anyone else. Eating out with your dog can be a great way to socialize them and enjoy some quality time together.
Take a Boat Ride
Take your dog out on an exciting boat ride. They can join you on a motorboat, canoe, kayak, or even a stand-up paddleboard. But, again, be sure to put your dog in a life jacket to protect and keep them safe.
Outdoor Dog-friendly Dining
Many dog-friendly restaurants welcome doggy guests and have an outdoor patio. Enjoy a beautiful day together while having brunch, lunch, or dinner with your dog. Bring your dog’s food bowl and their favorite treats or meals. Most dog-friendly restaurants will provide a bowl of water for their doggy guests.
Place your pup in a bike basket and let them explore the scenery and warm weather while you are riding your bicycle. If your dog’s size is too large to fit inside a basket, then they can join you by running alongside as you ride, or they can even sit in a trailer that can attach to the back of your bicycle.
Create a Frozen Treat
Dogs love an icy treat when it is hot outside. You can create your homemade treats by freezing your dog’s favorite food in an ice cube tray, or you can try these healthy dog treat recipes, such as frozen apple dog treats!
Teach Cute Tricks
If the weather is too hot outside, it will be safer for you and your pup to stay indoors. However, staying indoors in the summertime does not mean the fun has to end. You can stay inside your home with some cool AC and spend time bonding by doing tricks training! Teach your dog some new tricks and have them engage in some mental activities. Teach your dog how to give a handshake with their paw, a high-five, sit pretty, or even a rollover! You can learn how to teach your pup these skills in the Strengthen your friendship program in our Dogo app.
Putting a life jacket on your dog will be ideal for emergencies, and it keeps them safe in case their paws tire out from doggy paddling in deep water.
Bring your dog’s food and water bowls for when you need to feed them their meals, treats, or water for hydration.
Make sure your dog is hydrated with plenty of fresh water. Prevent them from drinking ocean water since it is not safe for them to drink.
Water toys are designed to float in the water and come in extra bright colors, making them easy to locate. Bring your dog’s favorite toys, or consider purchasing some water toys so they can keep busy playing.
Food and Frozen Treats
Don’t forget to pack your dog’s favorite meals, treats, or frozen treats. Your furry lover can always appreciate a yummy and delicious treat!
You will need a towel to dry your dog off after a swim.
Pet First Aid Kit
Carrying a small pet first aid kit will help if your dog ever needs care from a minor cut, sprain, overheating, or common ailments.
Enjoying the warm weather with your dog is a fantastic way to strengthen your relationship and build trust. So get out there and soak up the sun with your dog and have a blast going out on fun-filled summer adventures! Whether you and your pup decide to enjoy the sunny day outdoors or by doing some tricks training indoors, all of these fun memories will undoubtedly last forever!