10 Fun Activities to Enjoy With Your Dog This Summer
Who said the summer holidays were just for the kids?! It’s also the perfect time to bond with your dog, creating unforgettable memories together.
Whether you're looking for outdoor adventures or indoor relaxation, there are countless activities you can enjoy with your dog during the warmer weather. In this article, we’ll explore ten fantastic things you can do with your dog.
Splash in a Dog-Friendly Pool
If your dog loves the water and you have access to a dog-friendly pool or a local facility that offers dog swimming sessions, take your pup for a splash! Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that helps keep your dog cool and provides a fun way to burn off excess energy. Remember to supervise your dog and ensure their safety at all times.
Explore Nature Trails
Here in the UK, we’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to walks and trails to enjoy. With diverse terrains and locations to enjoy, there’s plenty of different options to suit all fitness levels.
Why not spend some time exploring your local area, or explore further afield, to discover hidden gems. All Trails is a great site to help you get started, if you need a bit of inspiration!
Remember to bring water, snacks, and poo bags, and keep your dog on a lead for their safety and the preservation of the environment. It's also prudent to research the weather conditions; you don’t want to get caught out in a rainstorm, or extreme heat, where you and your dog may be put into danger.
Have a Picnic in the Park
Pack a picnic basket filled with dog-friendly treats and head to a nearby park for a relaxing afternoon. Find a shady spot, lay out a blanket, and enjoy the sunshine while sharing a meal with your pup. Take some time to play fetch or simply relax and soak up the tranquil surroundings.
Organise a Doggie Playdate
Arrange a playdate with a friend who has a dog or join a local dog meetup group. Meeting and interacting with other dogs is not only enjoyable for your pup, but also an opportunity for socialisation and companionship. Choose a safe and enclosed area for playdates and ensure all dogs are well-behaved and compatible.
Enrol in Agility Training
Sign up for agility training classes with your dog. Agility training is a great way to challenge their physical and mental abilities while building trust and teamwork. Your dog will love navigating through tunnels, jumping over obstacles, and weaving through poles. It's a rewarding and stimulating activity for both of you.
Plan a Dog-Friendly Beach Day
Take advantage of the warm weather and head to a dog-friendly beach. Let your dog run freely in the sand, play fetch in the water, and enjoy the salty breeze. Just make sure to check any restrictions and keep an eye on your pup's safety. Don't forget to bring water and shade to keep them hydrated and protected from the sun. We’ve written a blog on things to look out for on the beach, read it here.
Attend Outdoor Dog Events
Keep an eye out for outdoor dog events happening in your community, such as dog festivals, fundraisers, or dog friendly summer galas These events provide a chance to meet fellow dog lovers and take part in fun activities like doggy costume contests or agility demonstrations.
Teach New Tricks
Spend some quality time together in your garden, or a quiet secure area, and teach them commands like "sit" and "stay". If your dog has mastered these commands, try more advanced tricks like "roll over" or "shake hands." Positive reinforcement and treats will make the learning process enjoyable for your pup.
Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Road Trip
Planning a summer staycation? Why not bring your dog along for the adventure? Choose a pet-friendly destination and explore new places together. Whether it's a cabin in the forest or a beachside cottage, your dog will love being part of the family holiday.
Create an Obstacle Course at Home
Set up an obstacle course in your backyard using household items like hula hoops, cones, and pop up tunnels. It's a great way to get your dog using their problem solving skills and burns off pent up energy. It can also build on your bond, requiring both of you to effectively communicate with one another.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some quality time with your dog, whether it be exploring the great outdoors, or spending time at home. It also doesn’t need to cost the earth. Creating activities that both you and your four legged friend can enjoy is part of building a strong and long lasting relationship with your pup.