Guide to Summer Fun With Your Dog

Summer is almost here! Are you excited? Are you??! We sure are. There are so many fun activities to do in the summer and many of them can even involve your dog! Here is our pet-friendly summer guide to fun!

Take the entire family (including your dog) on a hike: 

A great way to get yourself and your pet active while enjoying the outdoors is to go on a quick hike. Find a pet-friendly trail in your area or, if you own your own land, you could even wander around your own property. Make a fun game of it by putting together a "treasure hunt" for your dog by burying his favorite treat or toy and helping him sniff it out!

Go for a dip: 

When the temperatures are high and you find that both you AND your dog are panting like… well, like dogs, then it's high time to cool yourselves off. Go for a refreshing dip in a lake, stream, pool, or even take a run through the sprinklers. Dogs enjoy water in the summer just as much as you do! You can even take along your dog's favorite toy to play fetch in the water. Just make sure it floats first or you'll have one sad pup on your hands.  

Go to the beach or the dog park: 

There is absolutely nothing more satisfying than watching your dog run free in an open space. He basically turns into a puppy again! It's awesome and adorable and you'll be so happy you took the time to get out into the fresh air. Whether you head to a beach, a dog park, or even a regular dog-friendly park, all you'll need to take are your tennis shoes and your dog's favorite toy (or stick). Oh, and don't forget your dog, of course!

Car rides and road trips: 

We recently wrote a blog post called Why Dogs Love Car Rides annnnnd you should probably read it. What dog doesn't love to stick their head out the window and spray slobber on the cars behind you while you're going full speed? We'll tell you…. there is NO dog that doesn't love a good car ride. At least no dog we've ever seen. 

Make "Pup"sicles: 

Everyone loves having a cool, sweet treat on a hot summer day. Making pet-friendly versions of popsicles by blending and freezing fresh fruits, juices, and yogurts is so super easy. Modern Dog has some pup-approved variations on their website that include:

  • Peanut butter, banana, apple juice, and yogurt
  • Watermelon, strawberry, pineapple juice and yogurt

The best part? These can double as a dessert for both you AND your four-legged friends. Unless you end up making a more savory, chicken broth flavored 'cicle. We suggest you skip that one and let Fido have all the fun to himself. 

Go camping: 

You pretty much knock out several other items of our list when you take your dog camping. You can hike, go swimming, visit beaches and parks, and even take a road trip to your camping location. That will make one happy doggy right there! Plus, think of the amazing fetching sticks you'll find! 

Whatever you choose to do, please don't forget to take lots of breaks, have plenty of water available, and try to avoid extreme activities during the hottest parts of the day…. for the health of both you and your pet.