The sun is up, the temperatures are warm, and outside is the place to be. As a dog owner, you probably want to include your pup in as many of your summer adventures as you can.

Thankfully there are plenty of fun and safe summer activities to choose from for both you and your canine companion.

Not sure where to start? We can help! Here’s a list of 7 fun activities that you can do with your dog this summer.

1. Treasure Hunt

Geocaching, a form of high-tech treasure hunting using GPS, has been very popular the last few years. But adding your dog to the mix brings this activity to a whole new level of fun.

Geocaching involves searching for and finding buried treasures placed in specific locations. It allows you and your pup to get out and explore the natural world.

You can even design a dog-oriented geocache hunt by burying some of your dog’s favorite items or treats in a nearby park, then bringing him with you to let his nose go to work. It’s enrichment and fun rolled into one!

2. Splash Zone


Does your pup love water, especially on a hot, humid day? Then turn your backyard into a private water park for your dog! Grab a sprinkler or hose, set it up, and encourage your pup to play fetch through it.

Want something more upscale and sophisticated? You can purchase a doggy splash pad for your backyard, then sit back and watch your dog cool off while having tons of fun.

3. Night on the Town

How about a dinner date with your best four-legged friend? Summertime means restaurant patio season is in full swing. Check with local restaurants in your area for dog-friendly patio dining options.

If your dog’s table manners leave a lot to be desired, grab some take out and make it a picnic at a nearby park.

4. Drive-in Movie Date

Drive-in movie theaters are not only fun for the whole family, but fun for your pup too! Your dog gets to spend quality time with the family and gets plenty of enrichment by visiting a new place and interacting with new people and other dogs.

Many drive-in theaters recognize the perks of bringing your dog to the movies, and most have special areas set aside for your dog to do her business.

Some also have doggie appropriate food items for sale at the snack bar as well. The drive-in is a great opportunity for a night under the stars with your dog by your side.

5. Hit the Beach

The beach is a traditional destination for summer, but imagine how relaxing it could be with your dog trotting at your side as the gentle waves lap at your feet. Spend a day soaking up the rays with your dog.

Make sure you go to dog-friendly beaches, keep your pup out of choppy waters, and provide sun protection for him. With some careful preparation, you and your dog can relax in the sand and sun.

6. Camp it Up

Summer is a perfect time to spend a weekend camping, and what better way to explore nature than with your dog at your side? Many state and national parks accommodate dogs in both tent and cabin settings.

Remember to have your dog up to date on her vaccinations and be sure to apply flea and tick medication before you set out for the campsite.

If your dog tends to wander, you may need to bring a crate to keep him in at night. Double check leash regulations at the campgrounds, then pack your belongings and your pup and connect with nature.

7. Visit the Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s markets are open every weekend during the summer season, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for you and your dog to contribute to your community while enjoying a summer’s day.

For your dog, the farmer’s market offers the chance to encounter new people and scents. There may be some vendors who offer all natural dog food and homemade treats too! Check to be sure your local farmer’s market allows dogs before you go.

Summer is short, so make the most of it by bringing your dog along on your adventures. Check to be sure your pup is welcome ahead of time, then make some summer memories that will last forever.

 Written by Bonding with Your Dog

The Dog People /

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