Top 10 Summer Activities to Enjoy with Your Dog
As the weather gets warmer, think about spending more time outside with your dog. You and your dog both will benefit from a healthy dose of exercise, fresh air, and quality time together. To help you find the perfect summer activities to do with your pet dog, consider these top 10 outdoor summer activities and trips to do with your dog.
1. Play fetch at a lake or at the shore. Dogs love playing outside, and a scenic waterfront location like a lake or the seashore makes a perfect backdrop for hours of fun in the sun. Whether you play fetch with a Frisbee, a ball, or simply a stick, your dog will love the extra attention and exercise.
2. Go camping with your dog. If you and your dog would like an overnight adventure or longer, consider a camping trip. Many campgrounds across the globe are pet-friendly and make a great vacation idea with your four-legged friend. You can do many things your dog loves while camping – run around and play, explore, swim, sleep, and more.
3. Go hiking with your pup. Some of the larger, more athletic dog breeds love a good adventure in the great outdoors. If you live near a mountain, canal, or other scenic area, grab your hiking shoes and your pup’s leash and prepare for a day of exercise and exploring. You can bring a lunch for the both of you, and don’t forget to bring lots of water to keep you and your dog both hydrated.
4. Take your dog fishing. If your dog is relatively well behaved and listens well to commands, a fishing trip with your pooch may be the perfect summer activity. You can rent a paddle boat or small motorboat / fishing boat if you don’t already own a boat and the two of you can go out on the water together to see what’s swimming. If you plan to fish off a pier, dock, or shoreline, just make sure you can secure your dog in the same place as where you plan to stand.
5. Take your dog with you to an outdoor pet fair. Lots of communities tend to host a pet fair every once in a while. Pet fairs are a great venue for dogs to socialize and compete in tricks and activities, and they also offer human interaction with pet product vendors, pet adoptions, and more. If your dog is curious like most, a pet fair can be a great summertime or warm weather activity to do together.
6. Play Frisbee in the park. Many dogs love playing Frisbee or fetch and the park is a great place to go with your dog for such an activity. You can also walk around, meet other dogs, have a picnic, and enjoy the nature around you.
7. Take a long walk down the boardwalk. If you live in a seaside town, take a stroll along the boardwalk with your dog during the off-peak hours, i.e., typically in the early morning through midday. You and your dog can jog or walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells.
8. Get together with the neighborhood dogs and their owners and create the puppy dog Olympics. For a fun day of doggie competition, you can create your own doggie Olympics in your own backyard with a homemade obstacle course, a Frisbee toss, ball toss, races, and so much more. Get all the dogs from the neighborhood together and you and your dog can take up the challenge against the other dogs and their owners. Who will win? The answer is only a day of fun and games away! You can even offer a price to the top competitor if you like.
9. Have a doggie birthday party. If your dog likes to be around other dogs, the summertime is a great time to get your dog and his or her pals together for a puppy party. Bake a doggie cake or some homemade biscuits or pick up a couple boxes of your pet’s favorite treats. You can play doggie party games, like fetch, ring toss, and tug of war. You can have a great time watching the dogs enjoy all the fun at their doggie birthday party.
10. Take a nap together outside in the sun. Most dogs tend to like relaxing as much as their human companions. Play together or explore together for a little while and then take a nice, rewarding nap outside. If you don’t have a fenced yard, just be sure your puppy pal has a leash or chain to be secure and safe while you both nap.
If you have any other suggestions for active and fun things to do with your pet, please share them in our comments.