When the months start to get warmer and the days begin to get longer, dog moms and dads open their doors and windows and step outside into a world full of fun.
Summer is full of great food and friends and there are a whole host of activites you can do. Summer is great for hiking, swimming, or kayaking (if you enjoy the outdoors), but it’s also great for those just looking to try something new. During the summer, concerts, festivals, and cultural events abound. There’s always something going on!
Summer is also a great time of the year to be a dog owner, because there is so much that you can do with your pets. If you’re looking to have a ton of fun with your dog this year check out these ideas below for fun things you can do with your dog this summer!
1. Go for a swim
For dogs who love to romp around in the water, summer is perfect for swimming.
If you have your own pool this is the easiest option, just make sure that you have easy steps for your dog to get in and out.
Checking out any nearby creeks, streams, lakes or rivers can also be a good idea. (Our golden loves to swim in Yough River in Ohio Pyle, PA)
2. Go to the beach
If a day trip to a local beach is possible (and the beach is dog friendly) consider bringing along your dog for some sun, sand, and surf. Check out my post here for dog friendly vacation destinations and tips for taking your dog to the beach.
3. Run around the yard
If your yard is fenced in and secure, get out your dogs favorite toys or ball and let them run around the yard. You can also set up a sprinkler for some added fun. This will help to keep you and your dog nice and cool on hot days.
4. Go on a hike.
Summer is also great for hiking. Bring along your dog for a day of hiking through the woods or on mountain trails. It’s a great way for both you and your dog to get in a great workout and get in touch with nature.
5. Go to the park
For some dogs, going to your local park or dog park is a great way to make walks more fun. Dog parks also give dogs a chance to socialize with other pups and run around freely. Just make sure your dog is comfortable in these types of environments before bringing them along.
6. Go on a road trip
For dogs who love to explore (and don’t mind a drive), going on a day trip to your favorite destination or taking a drive to explore a fun summer festival or event can be a great way to shake up your routine. Just make sure that your dog is comfortable around crowds and that the event or locale is dog friendly. Lastly, make sure your dog is safe and secure on road trips.
7. Make your dog a frozen treat.
On hot, sunny days your dog will appreciate an ice cold treat to help them to cool off. You can purchase dog safe ice cream from your local grocery stores (Frosty Paws is a popular option). Your local pet store may also make their own or sell other frozen treats. You can also make it extra special and make your own homemade doggie ice cream or frozen treats. Pinterest has tons of recipes for frozen Kong stuffers and frozen treats.
8. Roll in the grass.
Your dog loves to sprawl out in the yard and get a nice, long belly scratch. This summer join in on the fun. Stretch out with your dog and feel the lush summer grass between your fingers. Getting in tune with nature is a great way to relax and to remember the joys of a life worth living. Plus your dog will appreciate the quality time you spend together.
What do you like to do with your dog in the summer months? Leave a comment below ?