Beautiful summer weather is finally here! Now is the perfect time to spend time outdoors with your furbaby. Although there is a seemingly endless list of possibilities for adventures that you can take with your pup, not all activities are a good fit. Before making any plans, people must take their dog’s activity level and personality into consideration, according to the American Kennel Club.
Figuring out which activities are the best for pups can be difficult, so the Paw Squad at Pets a Go Go would like to share our favorite safe summer dog-friendly activities for your consideration. We hope that you will enjoy these activities as much as we do!
Go Swimming. Going to the pool is a great way to keep cool while playing. Whether you have a small kiddie pool or a large inground pool, pups love the water. Filling the pool with toys is another great way to enrich your dog’s experience! If you don’t have access to a pool that allows dogs, consider buying a splash pad or another sprinkler system, dogs love to run through these as well.
Socialize at Your Local Dog Park. What better time to make friends than during the summer? Warmer weather brings more families out to the dog parks meaning more playtime for your pup. Not only are dog parks fun, but taking the time to socialize your pup will also lead to your dog remaining more friendly with other people and dogs as they grow older.
Go for a Hike. Going hiking regularly is mutually beneficial for dog parents and their furbabies alike. Before embarking on a hike, make sure to check the weather to ensure that it will not be dangerously hot outside, and prepare a bag of essentials, including snacks, a bowl, and plenty of water for you and your pup! For more information on the best places to go on a hike, read our blog discussing the top outdoor dog-friendly spots to spend time with your pup in Westchester and Fairfield counties.
Make Safe Frozen Treats. To beat the summer heat, grab yourself some ice cream and prepare your dog an equally delicious frozen treat! A snack that dogs love and that is safe for them to consume is frozen popsicles. Make these treats fruit-based using bananas, strawberries, or blueberries. You can also freeze your dog’s rope or Kong toys, coating them with chicken broth.
Tap Into Your Inner Artist. Paw painting is not only a fun activity for your pup, but it also creates a keepsake for you. Place a white poster board on the ground and dip your dog’s paws into the desired paint colors. Next, have your dog run or walk across their canvas to create beautiful and abstract art! We recommend doing all paw painting on a tarp or sheet to avoid messes.
Explore doggie daycare and boarding options at Pets a Go Go to keep your furbaby cool, entertained, and safe while at work or away on vacation.