When planning your summer outings, don’t forget your four-legged friend! Your dog’s main focus is you so return the love by including him in your summer activities whenever possible. Especially during the summer months, there are plenty of ways to get you both outside together. Read on for ideas of what to do with your dog this summer!
However you best like to exercise in summer is a perfect activity for you and your dog. Hiking the trails, running around your neighborhood, or taking nightly walks are great ways to include your dog in your daily exercises. It’s summer so skip the gym and instead do workouts that lend themselves to including your pooch. With the extra daylight you should have plenty of time to get outdoors with your pooch for a while each day. You could even look into doggy/owner yoga classes for those rainy days.
A great way to include your pooch for a weekend away is to camp. Most campsites allow leashed dogs and just like you, your dog will be delighted and rejuvenated with the new scenery. He’ll want to spend plenty of time sniffing all the new smells around. Take him for a hike or swim during the days to help drain his energy so he’s ready to rest by the fire at night with you. Pack food and water for him to avoid upsetting his stomach or having him drink tainted water. If you have to hike into your camp, you can have him carry in his own supplies in a doggy backpack.
Take your dog swimming to beat the heat of those long summer days. The best places to take your dog for a swim are natural water sources like the ocean, a river, or a lake. If you don’t live near any natural water sources, look to see if there’s a reservoir nearby that allows access for swimming. If you have a pool, you could swim or play ball in the pool to help your dog cool down and release energy.
Just like camping, swimming, and exercising lend themselves naturally to including your pooch, so does a picnic. Whether it’s in a park or your backyard, collect a group of fellow dog owners and have a dog/human picnic party. Pack a special picnic basket full of food, treats, toys, and water for the dogs and one for the humans of course. Even if it’s just you and your dog, a picnic is a great way to get you both out of the house for a little while. Sitting in the shade together on a hot summer day would be a perfect way to stay cool and spend time together. If you go to a park that allows it, let your dog off leash to play Frisbee or ball.
Another idea is to look into venues and events near you that cater to our four-legged companions. Ball fields, movie theaters, museums and other local places will sometimes hold special days they dedicate to allowing dog lovers and their dogs to enjoy the day together. During summer there are usually at least a few dog-related events like fairs or races in most areas. If you can’t find anything in your area, you could always just hit up your local pet store that welcomes your pets inside. Spend time in each aisle while your dog sniffs himself into tiredness.
There are no two better reasons to get yourself outside than summer and your canine friend. Plus, the great thing about dogs is they are usually happy doing whatever you like doing the most with you so they’ll be happy doing just about anything.