Exciting Ways To Have Fun With Your Dog This Summer


    Summer is finally here, and with it comes plenty of fun activities for you and the kids to do with your pooch. You could beat the heat with a pool party, enjoy a picnic in the shade, or plan a hike on a cooler day. Soak up some vitamin D with these fantastic ways to have fun with your dog this summer!

    Have a Pool Party

    Could anything be cuter than a doggy pool party? Playing in the water is one of the best ways for your pup to have fun this summer. If you still have a kiddie pool that your children outgrew, repurpose it for your pup. The kids could also join the puppy pool party and play alongside your dog.

    You, your children, and your pup can also keep cool by playing in the sprinkler. Dogs that love playing in water don’t mind whether they’re swimming around or running through a sprinkler. Plus, getting their coats saturated is a thrilling way to cool off!

    Pet Parent Tip

    If you invite other pups to the party, consider making some pupsicles with sodium-free bone broth, kefir, canned pumpkin, or peanut butter. These ingredients are healthy for dogs and tasty!

    Enjoy a Picnic

    Another fantastic way to have fun in the summer with your dog is to pack a picnic basket and enjoy a meal outside. As you fill your basket, load up food for you, the kids, and your pup. Options such as apples, carrots, plain popcorn, and blueberries are picnic must-haves that everyone, your dog included, can enjoy.

    Go for a Hike

    Going for walks and hikes is a wonderful way to explore in nature. Select a dog-friendly path when hiking and keep your pup on a leash. Although letting your pooch run free feels tempting, it’s dangerous. Without a leash, nothing tethers your furry friend to you, and if your dog gets distracted, it could run away.

    When preparing for the hike, ensure that everyone, your dog included, has the appropriate shoes. Protecting your dog’s feet is especially important if you walk on an asphalt path because it gets incredibly hot. On a sunny, 70-degree day, asphalt surfaces—such as walking paths—reach 125 degrees, which can burn your dog’s paws.

    Put Safety First

    No matter what activity you do together, what’s most important is you all remain safe. When getting ready for summer with your dog, many animal experts recommend that owners know the signs of heatstroke and when to limit outdoor exercise. This is especially important for dogs with preexisting conditions like diabetes since overexertion can negatively impact blood glucose levels. It’s best to talk with your vet before planning too much outdoor fun to keep your pooch safe.

    Likewise, some breeds have an extra thick coat of fur, which can cause them to overheat faster than short-haired dogs. If it’s too hot outside for you to enjoy nature, it’s also too warm for your pup. Enjoy your time in the sun safely!


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