Summer is almost here and now is a great time to start planning outdoor adventures.
Here are nine fun things to do with your dog this summer!
1. Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Spend time exploring local parks
, public art, farmer's markets, summer festivals, and other outdoor dog-friendly places
2. Host a Pooch Party
Buy a kiddie pool and then invite a few friends and their pups over for a cook out and pool party
3. Treat Your Dog to Dinner
Take your dog out on a date night to a dog-friendly restaurant
4. Organize a Weekly Dog-Walking Group
Get in shape, explore your community, and socialize
with your friends on weekend group dog walks.
Keep your dog cool
by making some DIY doggie popsicles. Pinterest has about 10 million recipes to try.
6. Get Creative With Your Canine
Document your summer fun
with photographs or a painted portrait.
7. Help Shelter Dogs
Many shelters and rescues hold summer fundraising dog walks. Sign up with a few friends and help other dogs
in the process.
8. Hit the Beach or Take a Hike
Does your dog prefer the water or the woods?
Either one makes for a fun weekend adventure.
9. Take a Road Trip With Your Dog
Whether you are the outdoorsy type or prefer high-end luxury, plan a summer trip to a dog-friendly destination
that you will both enjoy.
Most dogs love to be included in family activities, but be sure to do so safely
. Always make sure your dog is well hydrated, wearing a collar, leash, and proper identification, and protected from the sun as well as fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Have fun!
Kristin Avery is a writer and photographer with an extensive background in philanthropy and a life-long passion for animal welfare. Her blog, The Daily Pip
, is an award-winning, lifestyle pet blog providing resources, support, and humor for rescue families. She was recently honored with two BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Social Media Awards this year: Best Cause Blog and Best Written Blog Post.
Kristin received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied creative writing as well as installation and visual arts. After graduation, she was a founding member of Red Door Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter for cats, dogs, and rabbits in Chicago. She enjoys working with local Chicago shelters and also recently spent several days at Best Friends Animal Society volunteering at Quincy House with cats with severe special needs including paralysis. Through her blog and volunteer work, she encourages and advocates for rescue and adoption, especially for those animals considered less adoptable. She currently shares her home with one dog, one rabbit, two cats, a husband and 10-year-old daughter.