5 Ideas for Getting the Most Out of the Dog Days of Summer

It’s hard to believe it’s already August. Before summer starts to wind down, now’s the time to get out and enjoy some warm-weather fun with your best friend.

Thankfully, there’s a good chance your dog likes many of the same summer activities you do: hitting the beach, taking an evening stroll and maybe snacking on a cool treat. But even more than those things, the best part for both of you might be the chance to spend some quality time together.

Before you do anything, it's always a good idea to see your veterinarian to make sure there are no health conditions holding your dog back from exercising. Your veterinarian can also make sure your pup is current on vaccines and has the right parasite preventives to help protect him in the great outdoors.

In the gallery below, we’ve pulled together some ideas for fun adventures for you and your buddy. If you start now, you still have time to squeeze in all five!

Get Out and Go

dog running in water on beach


Hit the (Dog) Beach

Many dogs love the beach just as much as their owners do. The water, the sand, the chance to roam free — it’s all right up a pup's alley. Make sure to pack snacks and toys, and before you hit the road, be sure you’re heading to a dog-friendly beach. Pups aren’t allowed at some beaches, but many areas have designated waterfronts where they can romp and splash.

dog and owner on a hike


Take a Hike

Active pooches love getting out for a hike with their owners in a new place. It’s like a buffet of new sights and smells for your dog to explore, and it’s a fun way for both of you to get some exercise. Pack enough water for you and your four-legged hiking partner, and be sure to stay on trails where dogs are allowed. Before you head out, you should also master the “come back” call with your dog and choose a hike that’s appropriate for your dog’s age and fitness level.

dogs playing in a dog park


Play at the Park

Much like you enjoy socializing with other people, your dog might have a great day out at a dog park. It’s also a perfect place for him to burn off some energy. Before you go, check out our tips for how to help keep your dog safe and healthy there, and see if one of these 10 cool dog parks around the U.S. is in your neck of the woods.

dog and owner on sunset walk


Go for a Stroll

During the summer months, the days are longer, allowing you to get out for a leisurely walk with your pooch before work or after dinner. That’s also when temperatures tend to be cooler, making it an ideal time to get some exercise.

Dog chewing Kong


Grab a Cool Treat

You and the kids might run for the ice cream truck when you hear the music — and your dog would probably be excited to indulge in a cool snack, too. Just ensure what you’re giving him is safe for dogs. Some companies offer special doggy ice cream. You can also try freezing a puzzle toy for a frosty treat, making ice pops with dog-safe ingredients.

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