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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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