Summer’s finally here! After months of frosty winter and chilly spring, the time has come for us to bask under the sun’s rays to our hearts’ content. What better way to spend the lazy days of summer than to enjoy quality time with our canine companions? Here are a few ways to include your furry friend in your summer plans.
Have some splashing fun in the water.
Many dogs love to play in the water, plus it helps keep themselves cool during this hot season! It can be the beach, the lakeshore, a kiddie pool, or even your backyard sprinkler—chances are they’ll love it just as much as you did when you were still a kid. And they’ll love it even more if you splash in on the fun and play with them in the water, too!
Keep in mind though that it’s important to always look over your dog when around water. Not all dogs are natural swimmers, and not all of them will want to go in deep water. Also, give your pup a quick rinse after playtime to make sure any dirt he picked up from playtime won’t remain on his skin.
Try boating for added adventure.
This is an exciting way to have fun during the summer! You can go kayaking or canoeing with your dog at a nearby beach or waterpark. But make sure your dog can stay calm around bodies of water and respond to commands, so he won’t cause mayhem in the boat. (If your dog goes out of control, chances are he’ll pose safety risks for himself and other people on the boat.)
For starters, you can try taking your dog on a short trip in shallow waters first. If there are no issues, it’s highly likely that your dog will be allowed to join longer trips—but with life jackets, of course.
Go for a hike or a walk.
Dogs love to explore and go around places. When you go for a hike or walk with your pup, choose a trail that’s suitable for both you and your dog’s physical fitness level. Since it’s summer, hiking in the early mornings or around late afternoon to early evenings is recommended to avoid the heat.
To ensure your dog’s safety, use a collar and leash that’s durable enough not to wear out but comfortable enough to allow for steady breathing. Also, bring lots of fresh drinking water to keep you and your dog hydrated while you explore the outdoors.
To make your outdoor adventure more fun, you can invite some friends who also have dogs to go on a group hike. This will give you and your pup a chance to socialize with other people and canine friends, all the while enjoying the fresh air and getting some exercise. This sure is a fantastic way to beat the cabin fever and Zoom exhaustion if you’re working from home!
Go on playdates.
Of course, playdates are necessary, especially during summer! Try to look up leash-free areas and parks near you on the Internet. These are good options for your dog to run around and have fun, all while burning some extra calories. If you’re visiting the park for the first time, watch and observe for a while first to make sure the dogs are interacting in a way your dog will be comfortable with.
Another option is to make an appointment for your pup at a doggy daycare. This is perfect if you want to make sure your fur baby only plays with dogs that are of the same size and energy level as him. The daycare centers groups pups accordingly to ensure safe playtimes for all the dogs in the pack.
Aside from supervised playtime, dog daycares also have different facilities that your pet will surely enjoy. Some even have resort-like amenities such as pools for your dog to play in. Talk about summer fun!
Visit a Dog-Friendly Attraction
Before booking a trip to a local attraction you want to visit, phone ahead of time to check if dogs are welcome. These are mostly outdoor locations like lush gardens and nature parks. These places will always ask that you keep your dog always leashed and under control, so make sure you have prepared a durable collar and leash for your dog for this trip.
Some dogs love going on outdoor adventures. One might be ready to head out into the wild at every chance he gets, while another one would prefer to be carried in a backpack by his favorite human when going out. If the latter is the case for your dog, stick to walking on easy trails, and make sure to call your chiropractor ahead of time.
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends and spend quality time with your dog. After months of freezing in the cold—and after the year that was—you and your dog deserve some summer fun to distress and unwind.
Have a great summer and play safe!
Written by our Guest Blogger, Dani Smith.
Dani Smith is a content creator for dogIDs. Aside from writing, you’ll find her mountain biking with her dog Crash, binge-watching her favorite series, or food prepping her next high-carb meal.