FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIEND
With the sun beating down, you can feel and see the fun summertime activities in full swing. As a dog owner, you want to include your pup in as many adventures as you can. Thankfully, there are a ton of paw-ssible activities to choose from for both you and your dog.If you’re not sure where to start, we can help! Here are a few ideas that you can do with your dog this summer.
DOGGY DINNER DATE
Summertime = restaurant patio season, which means numerous opportunities for taking a stroll with your best furry friend to the nearest pet-friendly spot with outdoor seating. But unfortunately, not all restaurants are pet friendly. If you’re trying to figure out if a restaurant will welcome your dog, keep an eye out for any water dishes next to the outdoor tables. If you don’t see any, have no fear, just grab a to-go order and enjoy your food at the nearest park as a backup plan.
FROZEN DOG TREATS
The summer heat is real, and you know what that means: hot and sweaty weather. With the blazing sun, all we really want is an icy and cool treat. As the weather gets hotter and hotter, the freezer becomes your best friend. That’s when delicious homemade frozen dog treats come into the picture.
The best part about homemade frozen dog treats is they’re yummy for your furry friend and you (in case you’re tempted to snag one yourself). These icy goodies are not only simple to make, but they’re healthy, too.
A fan favorite among the doggie community is peanut butter pupsicles! All you have to do is mix a cup of peanut butter, half a mashed ripe banana and a splash of water, scoop ‘em like cookie dough, and then pop them in the freezer and voilà! You’ve got yourself a salty-sweet frozen treat that dogs and humans alike will enjoy. You can even scoop these into paw print or other dog-shaped molds for added cuteness.
VISITING THE FARMERS MARKET
What better way to enjoy a sunny summer day than at your local farmers market with your furry best friend? Visiting the farmers market is a great way for you and your dog to contribute to your community while enjoying a gorgeous summer day. For your dog, the farmers market offers the chance to encounter new people, sights and smells. And you never know, there may be some vendors who offer all-natural homemade dog treats, too. It’s always smart to check and be sure your local farmers market allows dogs before you go. Also, keep an eye out for DOGIPOT® pet waste stations that dispense dog waste bags, so you can clean up after your dog while strolling through the farmers market.
Summer months means nothing but non-stop sunshine and fun within nature. So why not take a weekend camping trip with your furry friend? There’s no better way to enjoy nature than with your dog. Luckily, the majority of state and national parks allow dogs on their property. And at some locations, dog cabins are offered as well as off-leash play areas.
A helpful camping tip: make sure your pups are given their flea and tick medications per usual before you head out for your campsite. It’s also smart to bring a crate with you for nighttime so they don’t wander and get lost or hurt.
START A WALKING GROUP
Do you ever get lonely when walking your dog? If so, this summer activity is perfect for you. Take advantage of the summer weather to walk your dog with other dogs and their owners. This will make your walk an exciting social experience for your pup. On top of that, starting or joining a dog walking group is a great way to make friends and meet new dog owners around your area.
Summer can be a lot of fun for you and your dog, and during this time of year, everyone enjoys being outside. Use the tips and ideas shared to make the most of your summer with your furry friends.
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