As summer’s warm breeze and sunny days approach, it’s the perfect time to plan exciting dog-friendly days out with our beloved pets. Summer offers a myriad of opportunities to bond with our furry companions and create unforgettable memories. Whether you have a dog, cat, or any other pet, we’ve picked out some of our favourite activities to keep them active, entertained, and cool during summer.
Splash Around at the Beach:
What better way to beat the heat than heading to the beach? One of our favourite things to do with dogs is play around on the beach. Many dogs adore the water and will relish splashing around and fetching their favourite toys in the waves. Before heading to the beach, ensure you’re visiting dog friendly places and follow any rules or regulations. During days out with dogs, be mindful of your pet’s safety by providing them with fresh water, shade, and sunscreen (if necessary) to protect their sensitive skin.
Refreshing Pool Time:
If you have access to a pool, consider introducing your pet to the joys of swimming. While not all dogs are natural swimmers, many can learn to enjoy the water with a bit of encouragement. Start with shallow water and gradually introduce them to deeper areas. Remember always to supervise your pet near the pool and provide them with a way to easily exit the water, such as a ramp or steps.
Explore the great outdoors by embarking on scenic hikes with your furry friend. Research pet-friendly hiking trails in your area and choose routes that offer shaded paths and water sources along the way. On days out with a dog, don’t forget to bring plenty of water, snacks, and essential supplies such as poop bags and a leash. Keep an eye out for any signs of overheating and take breaks in shaded areas.
Ice Treats and Frozen Toys:
Help your pet beat the summer heat with some icy treats and frozen toys. Fill a Kong toy with peanut butter or freeze their favourite treats in ice cubes for a tasty and refreshing surprise. Additionally, freezing their toys or adding them to a shallow container filled with water can provide hours of entertainment as they try to retrieve them. These frozen delights will keep them entertained and cool during hot summer days.
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Outdoor Agility and Training:
Engage your pet’s mind and body by setting up a mini agility course in your backyard or at a local park. Use obstacles such as tunnels, hurdles, and weave poles to create a stimulating environment. This activity helps keep your pet physically fit and strengthens the bond between you as you navigate the course together. Additionally, summer is an ideal time for obedience training sessions outdoors, utilising the pleasant weather to enhance your pet’s learning experience. Just make sure it’s not too hot!
Picnics and Outdoor Gatherings:
Make the most of summer by organising picnics or outdoor gatherings with fellow pet owners. Choose pet-friendly parks or locations where your furry friends can freely roam and socialise. These gatherings provide an excellent opportunity for your pets to meet new friends, play games, and enjoy quality time with other animals. Remember to pack plenty of water, treats, and toys to keep your pets happy and engaged throughout the event.
Outdoor Dog Parks for Dog-Friendly Days Out:
Visiting a local dog park can be a fantastic way to let your furry friend burn off some energy and socialise with other dogs. Parks are great dog-friendly places to visit. Dog parks provide secure, fenced areas where dogs can roam off-leash and enjoy a variety of play structures. It’s essential to ensure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and behaves well around other dogs before visiting a dog park. Bring water, toys, and poop bags to keep the area clean.
Canine-Friendly Cafés and Restaurants:
Many cafés and restaurants have embraced pet-friendly policies, allowing you to enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee with your furry companion by your side. Seek out establishments with outdoor seating areas that welcome pets. These venues often provide water bowls, treats, and sometimes even special menus for your pets. It’s a great way to relax, socialise, and spend quality time with your pet while enjoying a delightful dining experience.
Camping Adventures for Dog-Friendly Days Out:
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, consider taking your pet on a camping trip. Look for pet-friendly campsites that allow dogs or other pets. Camping sites can be great places to take dogs as they provide an excellent opportunity for your pet to explore new sights and smells, enjoy long walks in nature, and cuddle up with you by the campfire. Ensure that you pack all the essentials, including food, water, bedding, and any necessary medications.
Training for Water Activities:
If your pet is comfortable in the water, you can engage in various water-based activities such as paddleboarding or kayaking together. Start by introducing your pet to the equipment on dry land, and gradually move to shallow waters. Use positive reinforcement techniques to associate the activity with a positive experience. You can also incorporate their usual games such a fetch to create some fun dog activities in the water. Remember to prioritise your pet’s safety by using appropriate flotation devices and adhering to water safety guidelines.
Nature Walks and Wildlife Spotting:
Take your pet on leisurely nature walks in parks or nature reserves where they can explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the great outdoors. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as birds, squirrels, or rabbits that may capture your pet’s attention. It’s an excellent opportunity for them to engage their senses and enjoy the wonders of nature. Just ensure that your pet remains leashed and under control to protect wildlife and adhere to park regulations.
DIY Sprinkler Fun:
If you can’t access any fun water-based dog-friendly activities such as a pool or you don’t live near a beach, you can create a refreshing water play area for your pet at home. Set up a sprinkler in your backyard, adjust the water pressure, and watch your pet have a blast running through the cool spray. This simple yet enjoyable activity is a great way to keep your pet cool and active during hot summer days.
Summertime offers a wealth of activities for both you and your beloved pets. Whether it’s splashing in the waves, hiking through scenic trails, or enjoying some dog-friendly attractions, the season is brimming with opportunities to create unforgettable memories with your furry friends. Remember, each pet is unique, so consider their preferences, health, and activity levels when selecting summer activities and dog-friendly things to do. Prioritise their safety, hydration, and comfort at all times. With a bit of creativity and planning, you can make this summer an unforgettable season of adventure and bonding with your furry friends.
So, grab your sunscreen, pack your bags, and embark on a summer filled with joyous moments shared with your four-legged companions!