Summer is a wonderful time to bond with your family and create lasting memories. And what better way to do that than by involving your furry friend? Dogs are a part of our families, and including them in our summer activities not only strengthens our bond with them but also ensures that they get their fair share of fun in the sun. Read on to explore the top five summer activities that you can enjoy with your family and your beloved four-legged companion.

1. Beach Day

dog drinking from bottle at the beach

Pack up your beach essentials and head to the nearest dog-friendly beach. Whether it’s splashing in the waves, playing fetch on the sand, or simply basking in the sun, dogs love the beach just as much as we do. Just make sure to bring plenty of fresh water and provide shade for your furry friend. When heading out for the day don’t forget to bring the poop bags, nobody like a surprise in the sand!

When deciding what beach to visit, you might want to consider if they allow dogs to be off-leash under voice command and if there are any restrictions such as what hours dogs can visit during peak season.

*Pro tip: bring a dog water bottle to insure your pup stays hydrated!

2. Hiking Adventures

Man and dog hiking on a trail.

Take advantage of the warm weather and explore nature trails with your family and dog. Hiking not only provides a great workout for everyone involved but also allows your dog to experience new sights and smells. Remember to bring a sturdy leash, and check if the trail permits dogs. Depending on your location, you should consider what flea and tick medications are available to your dog, as well as, natural bug sprays. We like to recommend packing a small tick remover kit and checking your dog’s ears, paws, gums and coat before jumping back into your car after a fun day of hiking. No need to bring back any additional creatures!

When hiking with your dog make sure you stay on the trail and follow all signs, the last thing you want is your pooch running off to chase a fox or deer. If off-leash hiking is permitted there are some really advanced GPS collars available on the market that will give you peace of mind.

*Pro tip: Heading to a national park this summer? Check out this comprehensive list of pet rules and restrictions at each location.

3. Dog-Friendly Events and Festivals

dog is good pop up booth

Summer is the perfect time to strut with your pup! Check out local community events, festivals, or even outdoor movie screenings that allow dogs. These events often cater to both human and canine attendees, offering entertainment, food stalls, and activities for all. There are even events just for dogs! You won’t want to miss Frankenmuth Dog Bowl in Michigan or Dog Day Festival in Nashville, TN.

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4. Outdoor Doggy Sports

Get active with your dog by engaging in outdoor sports such as frisbee, flyball, or agility training. These activities not only keep your pup physically fit but also stimulate their minds. Plus, it’s a great way to bond and have a ton of fun as a family. Feeling competitive? Search for local organizations that host dock diving competitions, agility courses or barn hunting. These activities not only provide mental stimulation and exercise for your pup but also offer opportunities for socialization with other dogs and their owners. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

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5. Canine Water Sports:

If your dog is a water enthusiast, but prefers to be chauffeured, try engaging in water sports such as paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing. Ensure that your dog wears a well-fitted life jacket and gradually introduce them to the water activities. This can be a thrilling experience that both your family and your dog will cherish.

*Pro tip: Even if your dog LOVES the water, get them a PFD, check out recommendations from the AKC here.