5 Fun Activities You Can Do with Your Dog This Summer

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With the warm weather well on its way into full bloom, we’re all itching to get outside and start having some adventures.

But for the real dog lovers out there, it can be sad to leave your furry friends behind and know that they’re stuck at home, missing out on the action. This summer, try to plan out some fun activities that you can include your dog in. 

Scheduling some fun-filled activities will not only help you bond with your pup and keep them close, but they’ll have a ball of a time, too; what could be better?

Hiking Adventures

Summer is the best time to head out into the great outdoors and do some real exploring. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature is to head on a hike, and this is an activity that both you and your dog can enjoy. Find some dog-friendly hiking trails and embark on an adventure together. 

If you and your pooch love to hike, you might want to invest in some comfortable dog booties for summer to protect their paws from hot stones and rougher terrains and make sure that their harness is comfortable. You should also be sure to pack enough water for the both of you, as well as some snacks for the trip.

Remember that extremely high heat can be dangerous for your pup, so watch the weather forecast before heading out.

Pool Party

Keeping your dog (and yourself) cool in really high temperatures can feel impossible sometimes – and this is where a pool feels like the only solution!

If you don’t have a pool at your own home, look for a dog-friendly public pool or even a safe, natural swimming spot and head out into the water together. You can call on your friends and family (along with their pets) to join you and turn it into a day of splashing around.

This is a great way to stay cool and get some great exercise as well. You can even bring some toys along to boost the fun. 

Scavenger Hunt

Keeping your pup mentally stimulated is just as important as their daily walks to burn out energy. Challenge your dog’s senses by setting up a scavenger hunt for them in your backyard or the local dog park.

Hide their favorite treats and snacks in a few different places and guide them around, watching their instincts take over. You could do this indoors, too, if the sun is too hot to be running around outside. If your pup isn’t taking well to this activity, you could narrow things down by buying them a treat dispensing toy or a similar type of problem-solving equipment. This might be easier for them to focus on, and offer them a reward they can smell immediately! 

Beach Days

In the summertime, there’s nothing that beats a beach day, and trust us when we say that your furry companion will agree wholeheartedly. 

Find your nearest dog-friendly beach and pack up a basket full of towels, sunscreen, snacks, and toys, and head off for a full day of sand, sun, and waves. Let your pup run free on the sand and have the time of their life. Be careful never to leave them unattended, though, and make sure they’re comfortable with the water before wading in too deep. 

Also, before taking your pup out into public spaces (especially where small children are playing), make sure that they’re well-trained and know how to behave themselves to avoid any disasters! 

Canine Sports

Finally, you could introduce your dog to a sport, and there are lots to choose from! From agility training to dock diving, there are plenty of activities to keep your pup busy and engaged. 

Start doing some research into canine sports and consider what might be a good fit for your pooch, and then look for local clubs or facilities that offer training and practice. Introducing your dog to a sport will not only be great exercise for them, but it will also provide them with socializing opportunities, great mental stimulation, and a chance to bond more with you. 

Final Thoughts

With the whole summer ahead of you, make sure you’re prepared to keep both you and your pup engaged and active. These activities will help keep you both feeling fresh and cool while also bringing an element of fun and adventure into your dog’s life that they will love you for. 

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