5 Things to Do with Your Dog This Summer

Jul 23, 2018     |      Sophie's Circle

Most people are trying to plan fun activities with their kids, friends, and family during the summer, but your dog wants to be part of the action, too. It’s not always easy to find the right activities when it’s hot and humid outside, but your four-legged friend would love to join you wherever you go. Here a few suggestions for making memories with your dog this summer. Don’t forget to keep the camera handy for some great pictures! 

Go to the Beach
You can’t live in Volusia County and not make at least one trip to the beach this summer. You may not have given this a lot of thought, but your dog wants to go, too. Most dogs enjoy playing in the water, and some of them are enthusiastic swimmers who’ll never tire of the ocean. There are lots of things to do at the beach with your dog. For example, you can go for a walk along the water edge and let your canine friend enjoy the unusual scents. Your dog may also like to play fetch in the shallow water, although some prefer not to get wet at all.

Some beaches have restrictions that require you to keep your dog on a leash. In certain areas of the beach, your dog may be allowed to roam free – often in the early mornings. If the beach is crowded, it’s important to keep your dog close by and leashed – especially if he doesn’t come to you when you call him. Additionally, you should make sure that your dog doesn’t overheat. Let your dog rest in the shade during the hottest time of the day and give him plenty of fresh water to drink.

Play Frisbee or Ball
It’s traditional to get active in the summer. We recommend playing Frisbee or ball with your dog to get both of you moving. You can do this in your own backyard in the early morning or late evening, when it’s coolest. If your dog is new to playing catch, it may take him a while to understand that the game can’t continue until he returns the ball or Frisbee to you.

The great thing about using balls and Frisbees is that you don’t have to run as much as your dog. Therefore, this lends itself well for dog owners of any size, age, or physical ability. Even younger children can keep a dog entertained by throwing the ball, and your dog can relieve some of their penned up energy.

Try Agility Training
If you haven’t heard of agility training, you’re in for a treat. With agility training, you’re teaching your dog to go through an obstacle course as quickly and accurately as possible. The dog has to complete the course off the leash without food or toys as an incentive. Naturally, it takes time to work up to the end result, but it can be a fun past time for both of you to enjoy.

Agility training keeps your dog’s mind sharp and his body active. It also builds a deeper bond between you and your dog. Most of all, it can be a lot of fun for both of you to complete the challenges and get better over time.

Play in the Sprinklers
Summer is a time for having outside fun. When temperatures are soaring, it is difficult for the most active dogs to run around outside. You can encourage your dog to have fun by playing in the sprinklers with him. If you have young children, you already know that sprinkler can be irresistible attractions. After all, you never know exactly where the water will come from next, and you’re staying cool while having fun outside. Most dogs like water, but some are very resistant to getting wet. Don’t force your dog to play in the sprinklers with you. But you never know if he likes it until you give it the old college try.

Go for a Trip
Summer is the perfect time to leave home for a little while. Unlike cats, dogs are more securely attached to their owners and enjoy being with you more than being home alone. While going on a trip can be nerve-wracking, it can also be fun and exciting.

Many hotels accept pets, and you can also try renting a condo from a private party for more leeway with the pet policy. Another option is to take an RV or an old-fashioned tent, because most campgrounds welcome dogs with open arms. If organizing an overnight adventure is too exhausting, you could also just take a day trip to the nearest national park.