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6 Fun Things to Do with Your Dog This Summer

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Summer is just around the corner, and for us, that means unlimited outdoor adventures! Sand, dirt, water, grassy fields, you name it and we are out there. And since we’re dog people, our dogs go with us on all our summer adventures. From supporting small businesses, getting out of the city, or enjoying the comforts of our own backyard, summer is our favourite time of year to explore with our four-legged friends! Of course, not all adventures are dog appropriate or dog friendly, so we’ve put together a list of fun things to do with your dog this summer to keep you both outside, happy, and busy! 

Summer Activities

Dog Beach

When we think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind is the beach! From warm sand, hot sun, and rolling waves to the sweet smell of sunscreen and water sports, a beach trip is a great way to spend a summer day! With so much to do at the beach, it’s easy to understand why it’s a favourite, and as dog lovers, we believe many beach activities can be done with your dog! There are lots of fun things to do with your dog at the beach but it’s important to make sure dogs are permitted first! Taking your dog to the beach can be a fun, healthy, and positive experience for both you and your pet. Whether your dog loves to swim or prefers to stay dry, there is plenty to consider before a day at the beach with your dog! Depending on the trip to the beach you may need some travel accessories for your dog and it’s always a good idea to have your dog prepared to safely enjoy the water with life jackets and waterproof dog leads!

Camping

When camping season arrives you can bet we’re out in nature enjoying the views and fresh air. Camping is a great activity to do with your dog whether you’re a casual camper or an avid outdoor enthusiast. With activities like hiking, swimming, barbecuing, and sitting around the fire, there is plenty to do for you and your dog! But with so much time spent outdoors, it’s important to be prepared for anything - from water safety to tick prevention and everything in between, there is lots to plan. Research the campsite before the trip so you can pack everything you need for a fun and safe trip for you and your dog!

Hiking

Dogs love to be outdoors and dogs in the summer will love to change up their morning commute with an afternoon hike! We all know that dogs make the best walking and hiking companions, and a trip to the woods and trails is a great summer activity that is good for you and your dog’s health and wellbeing. When planning for a summer hike, you’ll want to make sure your dog has been properly exposed to the outdoors, is physically fit enough to go on a long adventure, and that you have all the necessary gear to make for a successful trip! A great accessory for your hiking trip is a dog saddlebag to keep treats, poop bags, and other necessities on hand!

At-Home Agility Course

Dog agility training is a great way to bond with your dog and put their natural instincts to the test! It’s also a great way to spend a summer day getting both you and your dog in shape. You may think only certain breeds can participate in agility training, but really, any healthy dog can be an agility dog! Your dog will build self-confidence, develop self-control, and most importantly, it will strengthen and improve your bond with your dog! The best part? You can get creative with tools you already have at home to start off to see if you and your dog will love agility training. Think brooms, hula hoops, pool noodles, and old bike tires! Get creative and have fun with it for a full day of dog play.

Boat Rides

Whether you’re going out for a relaxing morning in a canoe or spending the day fishing, some dogs will love the chance to join in for a day spent on the water. It’s important to make sure you’re experienced being in a boat before you invite your furry best friend along for the ride so that you can both be safe! As important it is for you to have a life jacket, it’s just as important for your dog. Be prepared and have fun! After your trip, consider a car cover to keep your car clean after a day in the water.

Dog Friendly Patios

Raise your hand if you enjoy a patio on a summer day. Raise both hands if you enjoy a patio on a summer day with your dog! Depending on where you live, some bars, restaurants, and breweries will allow you to bring your four-legged friend with you while you enjoy a cold beverage. Make sure they have water and shade to keep cool and a quiet toy to keep them busy!


With so many fun things to do with your dog, there are some things dog owners have to always keep in mind to ensure their four-legged friends are healthy and happy throughout all adventures in every season. Here are some summer specific concerns to keep in mind when out with your dog!

Summer Checklist

Early Morning or Evening Walks

Of course, we can’t plan when our dogs need to do their business, but when possible, it’s smart to keep your long walks in the early morning or evening to avoid that hot summer sun.

Keep Paws Protected from Heat

There are lots of products to keep your dog's paws protected in all seasons and it’s important to make sure their paws are protected from the heat in the summer. If the ground is too hot for you it’s probably too hot for your dog. Try and schedule your walks to avoid the hot afternoon sun and keep your dogs on grassy areas when possible!

Watch for Heatstroke

Signs of heatstroke in your dog can include excessive panting, drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, and more. Keep your dog walks cool, short, and shady and make sure to contact your vet if your dog is displaying any symptoms! 

Be Extra Aware in High Humidity

High humidity can make it difficult for your dog to cool down. Accessories such as a dog cooling harness can help!

Drowning

Not all dogs can swim or enjoy swimming. You should always supervise them when they’re in the water, and a life jacket is always a great idea!

Fleas + Ticks

Whenever you spend time outdoors, you should do a thorough check of your dog for ticks. Your vet will also offer flea and tick protection for your dog!

Sunburn

You may not realize this, but dogs are also susceptible to sunburns, especially in areas without fur like your dog's ears, nose, and belly! Believe it or not, dog sunscreen is available, but it’s always best to find shade for your dog.

Dehydration

Dogs should always have access to cool and clean water. In the summer, we recommend bringing water everywhere you go with your dog. Check out these easy to pack collapsible dog bowls that are great for on the go adventures with your four-legged friend!

Thunder + Fireworks 

Loud noises can cause a lot of anxiety for dogs, and thunderstorms and fireworks become more frequent in summer months. Since avoiding these sounds typically isn’t an option, consider an anxiety vest for over-anxious dogs!


Summer is a great time to adventure and explore, and with this list of fun things to do with your dog, your summer is sure to be a treat! From all of us at North40Paws we wish you a happy and healthy summer full of adventure.


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