When the weather turns warm and you feel that itch to get outdoors, don’t forget your dog! The AKC has extensive advice here, but here’s our top 5 list of fun summer activities to help you and your best friend stay busy this summer.
1. Hiking Buddies:
Dogs love to explore, and what better place than a local hiking trail or national park? He’ll love sniffing, running, and scouting with you by his side, and you’ll both get great exercise. Don’t forget to read park regulations to be sure dogs are welcome, and always remember the rule of “Pack in, Pack out” for waste removal.
2. Soaking in the Sun and More:
On the hottest days, there’s nothing quite like a dip in the pool or a few sprints through the sprinkler. Let Fido join you on this classic summer activity and get ready for tail wags and sloppy kisses. Don’t have much room in your yard? A small kiddie pool filled with water and ice cubes set up on your back patio is a great alternative!
3. Making Friends:
Everyone needs social time, and your dog is no exception. Find a nearby dog park and watch your fluffy buddy make some new canine friends. You’ll meet fellow dog-lovers while you’re there and build some lasting friendships yourself.
4. Camping Fun:
Camping with your dog is like combining a trip to the dog park with an extended hike in the woods. If you camp by a lake, you can add in water play, too! Dog-friendly camping grounds are an awesome experience for pets and owners alike.
5. Road Trips for Rover:
If your dog is fond of car rides, you might consider taking a road trip together. Roll the window down a safe amount and let your pup breathe in the exciting scents of a brand-new location, then take a day or two to explore together.
While our top 5 outdoor activities for you and your dog are a great place to start, don’t be afraid to get creative. Look for opportunities in your community to get outside, socialize, and keep active. However, it’s important to remember that your furry friend will need a lot of clean, fresh water on your summer adventures. Bring a collapsible bowl and a few bottles of water to keep you both hydrated. For more tips, check out vetstreet.com.