Two-legged creatures aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the nice summer weather — so don’t forget about your dog when you’re planning your summer adventures! With about 70 million dogs currently living in households, chances are you or someone you know has a dog you can chill out with this summer. So if you’re looking for fun, dog-friendly activities, keep on reading.
If you live near the water or own a pool, it can be a great idea to take a dip with your dog. Dogs love to swim and it’s great exercise too! If your dog isn’t a big swimmer, consider spraying them with the hose or setting up a sprinkler so they can enjoy cooling off without having to jump in the water. While in the water, you can play water-appropriate games with pool toys. Or blow up a floaty and just soak up the sunshine with your pup.
If you and your furry friend love some local food, summer is the time to get out and enjoy it. This can be especially fun if you’re one of the 70% of apartment renters who report owning a pet and find it tiring to stay in and cook meals all the time while entertaining your dog. Fortunately, there are tons of opportunities for you and your dog to have a night out on the town and try some new food. Patio season is great for pet owners because they don’t have to leave their pups at home. So look up some local restaurants that allow dogs and try some new food.
Along with checking out outdoor seating at local restaurants, you might want to consider looking at some other outdoor events. Summer is full of concerts, outdoor movies, and festivals that both you and your dog can enjoy. Or if your dog isn’t great in crowds, why not visit some new dog parks or playgrounds in the area? Better yet, you can set up a puppy play date with some of your friends and their dogs. Your pup is sure to enjoy getting out and about to enjoy the summer weather instead of being left at home.
Summer will be over before we know it. So while you may be having adventures left and right, it’s important to not forget about our four-legged friends. Take a few days this summer to take your dog on a new adventure and make sure they’re having as much fun as you are this summer.