Dog-Friendly Summer Fun in the Sun – How to Make it Happen!

Summer is one of the best seasons of the year, especially for dogs. As soon as that hot weather hits, they’re living their best life. Kids are home from school to play more, the pools are open for some doggy paddling, and some dogs even get to go on vacation!

Warmer weather has already started to arrive, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already excited for the fun that summer is going to bring for both myself and my four-legged pal. Here are some ideas for dog-friendly fun in the sun.

Make Some Frozen Treats

You can show your dog just how much you love them by putting together some seasonal treats. It’ll be tasty, and also help cool them off during those hot summer months.

Try freezing a mixture of peanut butter, banana, apple juice, and plain yogurt in an ice cube tray for a sweet treat. For something more savory, you could try chicken broth with some cooked carrots and peas.

Play in a Splash Zone

Some dogs get really excited about playing in sprinklers. I mean, why wouldn’t they? Sprinklers can help keep them cool, but more importantly, they’re so much fun. If your dog is a fan, set one (or more!) up in the yard so that they can run around and play fetch in the water.

Have a Movie Date

Have you ever been to a drive-in movie theater? Take your BFF (aka best furry friend) on a dog-friendly movie date. Depending on where you live, it may be a little bit of a hike to get to the drive-in theater, but it’ll be worth it when you get to share a few fries with your dog while catching a new movie.

Light Up the Night

When it’s so hot during the day, early morning or evening walks are a better alternative for dogs. The temperature is much more pleasant when the sun isn’t beating down on your dog or you. But because it’s dark outside, visibility is an issue.

Try an LED light up dog collar! Not only does it make you and your dog safer and more visible, but it can also help illuminate your path and make it easier to see when trying to pick up poop. On top of that, it’s just plain fun. They come in plenty of colors to choose from, so pick your favorite and head out for a fun nighttime walk.

Go Camping

Sleeping under the stars with your favorite four-legged family member sounds wonderful. Get away from the hustle and bustle of regular life for a couple of days. Many campsites allow dogs, provided that they’re on a leash. Check with campsites to verify that they’re dog-friendly, and then plan your getaway.

Go Out to Lunch

You’ll be surprised how many restaurants and bars have dog-friendly patios. When the weather is warm enough to sit outside, there are so many possibilities for a nice little date with your furry friend. Grab a drink or some food, and hang outside for a while.

Plan a Barbecue with Friends

Call up all of your friends with dogs and invite them over for a backyard barbecue. You don’t even have to make all of the food for the party. Tell your friends to bring a favorite side, while you fire up the grill.

Pick up a cheap kiddie pool so all of the dogs can have their own little pooch pool party. Bonus points if you float some treats in the pool for the dogs to catch!