Soak Up the Sun: Pup Edition!
It’s time to soak up the sun with your pup!
Have a free day? Here are 8 fun-filled activities you can do in the summer with your dog.
- Go on a hike! Regardless of their shape and size, your four-legged friend can make the best companion to go hiking with. It is recommended that your dog understands basic obedience rules such as sit, stay, down, and come if you’re planning on letting your pup off the leash. This creates a safer environment for you and other surrounding hikers. Remember to bring a portable water bowl to keep them hydrated.
- Attend dog meet-ups. Did you know there are events specifically made for different breeds of dogs, such as pug meet ups, corgi-cons, or doxie round ups? Check for ones near you and meet with other dog owners. Your pup can meet their other furry friends too!
- Go on a picnic. While you are preparing sandwiches, crackers and cheese, don’t forget a meal for your pup too. Find a pet-friendly park for a picnic, and bring your dog along with you. This can be a pur-fect date, but let’s keep his nose out of the basket of foods.
- Take a trip to a dog-friendly beach. A trip to the beach can help them cool off! Always watch what they are eating and drinking, and provide fresh water to keep them hydrated. Keep an eye out for them, you wouldn’t want them to go too far! Remember to wash them off after swimming in the water.
- Dog park. You can’t go wrong with going making a trip to the dog park. This is a great way for your dog to socialize with other dogs and make friends. Take your dog in the early morning or late evening to avoid the heat. If it’s too sunny, try to keep cool in the shaded areas of the park.
- Go for a swim! Have a pool in your backyard? Your dog will enjoy splashing in the pool as much as you do. This would be a great way for them to cool off in the heat.
If you’re thinking of going on a longer trip, consider these two options:
- Camping. This would be a great chance for you to bond with your pup while you explore the outdoors. Always check if the campsite is pet-friendly before you go. Dogs have essentials to pack too! Don’t forget their food, water bowls, leash, poop bags, bedding, and some toys. A flashing LED light for their collar is highly recommended to easily locate your dog during the night time. Again, it would be best if your dog is obedient and listens to basic commands, like “sit” and “come here”.
- Go on a road trip. Going on a road trip means taking your dog everywhere you go during your getaway, that means you should always check for dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and rest stops before heading out! While the car is moving, keep them safely restrained in the vehicle. But before you do, go on several test drives to see how your dog handles a moving car. Some pets do not do so well during long drives and may experience motion sickness. Remember, your pet’s safety and health should be your top priority.
No matter what activity it is, your dog will love you for spending time with him. So what are you waiting for? Get on out there and enjoy your summer! Just don’t forget to clean up after him if he ever leaves you with a surprise.