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Dog friendly summer activities

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Overview
As summer approaches, this is a perfect time to spend time outside with your dog. Continue to read further about how your dog can stay active and safe all summer long with these joyful and entertaining activities.

Swimming

Black Chihuahua Walking on Seashore

For dogs, swimming is an enjoyable activity that offers joy. It is a great low-impact exercise that keeps them in good health. Additionally, it gives dogs something fun to do and makes them less bored as well as experience mental stimulation by playing in the water, particularly during the summer. Compared to running or walking, swimming can be especially good for elderly dogs or dogs with joint problems because it puts less strain on their joints.

Look for lakes or beaches where your dog is allowed to swim. Some swimming areas, such as ponds, may not be particularly safe, hence make sure they are clean and safe enough for your dog to swim in. If your house has a pool, you can let your dog use it during summer days, just consider making it more dog-friendly by installing steps or ramps, ensuring the water is safe and clean, and keeping an eye on the pet while it's in it. To limit access and stop mishaps, think about enclosing the pool area with fencing.

Be aware that certain breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Newfoundlands, are known to love and be excellent swimmers; however, it is important to keep a watchful eye on breeds like French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Bulldogs because of their body types, which can make them difficult swimmers. Small dogs may tire out faster, but they can also enjoy swimming. Make sure they receive regular rest periods and vigilant oversight. It's acceptable that not every dog enjoys swimming. If your dog is hesitant or appears afraid of the water, never force them into it.

If your dog is not a strong swimmer, or if it is a breed that is not used to swimming, think about getting a life jacket for dogs. Make sure your dog is comfortable and that the life jacket fits correctly. Before throwing toys in the water for your dog to collect, they should be within a reasonable distance from the pool's edge or the shore. When your dog is swimming, keep an eye out for symptoms of exhaustion, overheating, or distress. Recognize the signs of water intoxication, such as drooling excessively, vomiting, or lethargy, and seek veterinarian attention if necessary.

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Hiking

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Summer is a wonderful time to go hiking and taking your dog with you can be fantastic outdoor activity that you can both enjoy.

See if your dog is healthy and physically capable of the hike before bringing it along. If your dog is not a hiker, start with shorter, more manageable hikes. Recall and leash manners should be excellent in your dog and they should be able to obey simple instructions like "come," "sit," and "stay."

Bring a portable water bowl and extra water for you and your dog. While trekking, a hands-free leash can be useful; make use of a strong collar or harness and leash. To keep the paths tidy, always pick up after your dog. Add supplies like bandages, tweezers for removing ticks, and antiseptic wipes. To protect your dog's paws on tough or scorching terrain, might consider getting dog boots.

For a safe hike, ensure your dog is properly identified, with a microchip and a tag bearing your contact details.

Camping

Woman caressing dog on field

You can guarantee a secure, pleasurable hiking and camping vacation with your dog by making preparations in advance.

Before going to the campsite check whether it does allow dogs and look for any special pet-related policies. At the campsite, select a location that offers shade and weather protection, and stay away from places with venomous animals or plants.

Take with you a cosy sleeping bed for your dog as well as a foldable bowl along with enough food and water for the duration of the stay. To ensure your dog is safe and secure but still has some mobility around the campsite, bring a long leash or tether along with a post. Take along some favourite toys and chews to keep your dog occupied and relaxed.

Your dog needs to be under constant supervision during your stay, to avoid any mishaps or encounters with wildlife. Keep your dog away from the cooking area and campfire, to prevent mishaps or burns. Set up a dog's bed in a dry and cosy spot where it can relax. Should it become chilly, pack an additional blanket or towel.

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Parks and outdoor games

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Taking your dog to the park is one of the best ways to provide them with mental and physical stimulation as well as socializing opportunities. By going with your dog for a jog or sprint through the park; you two are getting a lot of exercise from this. Run in addition to quick sprints you can increase the difficulty and variation of exercises for your dog.

There are many other fun activities that dogs can do in the park, such as classic fetch, agility training, playdates with other dogs and more, but as with any trip outside the house, remember to bring all necessities such as water, a water bowl, a leash, the dog must be ID tagged as well as microchipped, and waste bags. Bring an umbrella or shady spot for rest periods, along with a towel. On hot days, steer clear of peak heat hours to avoid overheating.

For classic fetch, use a ball, frisbee, or stick to play fetch for a traditional game; ensure the space is open for running and safe. The alternative would be to use interactive toys, such as a ball launcher, to increase the game's excitement and distance. For an agility course, bring portable equipment such as weave poles, tunnels, and jumps, and turn park elements like trees, benches, and logs into a temporary agility course.

Hide somewhere in your yard or park and call your dog to find you. To locate your dog, have a friend or family member hide and call their name. Favourite food or toy can also be hidden, and you can train your dog to use their nose to find it. Use toys or treats to make smell trails that your dog can follow. Using their innate sniffing instincts is a wonderful idea.

Treats should be hidden throughout the grounds so your dog can find them with their nose.

Set up playdates with other canines who are healthy and have had all of their necessary vaccinations. Make careful to watch their interactions and introduce them gradually. Please let your dog run and play with other dogs in the park if there is a dedicated off-leash area or dog park.

Training outside

Young curly haired woman training shetland sheepdog on sports field

Training your dog has many advantages for both you and your dog and is a crucial component of good pet ownership. Establishing trust and communication between you and your dog strengthens their bond.

It can be enjoyable and fulfilling to train your dog in the summer, but there are certain adjustments to make to keep your dog safe and comfortable in the heat.

It is best to train your dog in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat if you intend to do so throughout the summer; late nights and early mornings are best. Avoid midday heat as the midday sun can be too intense for training, particularly on paved areas where your dog's paws could burn. Training sessions should be held in areas with shade to shield your dog from the sun. If there is no available natural shade, use a portable canopy or umbrella. During the training to help keep your dog cool, think about utilizing bandanas or cooling vests. Cut training sessions short to prevent overheating. One lengthy session may not always be as helpful as several shorter ones spaced out throughout the day. Keep an eye out for overheating signs; if your dog has any symptoms, such as drooling, heavy panting, or lethargy, stop exercise.

Throughout training sessions, make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times. Give your dog water regularly and allow them to relax in the shade.

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Dog-Friendly Events

A Border Collie doing a Trick at a Competition

Dog-friendly gatherings are a great way to interact with other dog owners, socialize with your pet, and take part in activities that will delight both of you.

Look into any local dog festivals or fairs that you might be able to attend. These gatherings frequently include a wide range of events, including agility courses, competitions, pet supply vendors, and exhibits. Dog sports competitions in disciplines like flyball, agility, obedience, dock diving, and frisbee would be excellent summertime activities for your dog.

It's also a terrific idea to participate in dog-friendly walks or runs. These events usually support charities or animal shelters. Check on the primary websites of charities or get in touch with the local rescue centre to see if they are hosting something like this.

During summer months quite a few dog-friendly outdoor cinemas with dog-friendly activities are available. Some events even feature dog-friendly snacks. 'Yappy Hours' could be another wonderful event to attend. They are get-togethers where dog owners may mingle with their dogs while enjoying a drink at dog-friendly breweries, cafes, or bars. These events are usually held by neighbourhood taverns, breweries, or eateries that welcome dogs.

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