Things to do with your dog this summer!

For many of you summer has arrived. I can’t say that’s true here in the north of Ontario though.  The heat is still on, and we’re still wearing fleece. That doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about fun stuff to do with your dog during the hot days of summer. Here are some fun ideas:

elsa_sprinkler1.  Run through the sprinklers
Dogs love to get wet. Well, most dogs love to get wet. Not our Peanut, but that’s her being princesslike.

pop2.  Make dog popsicles
There are some great instructions on making frozen treats for your dog on eHow. Now, tuna and carrot popsicles don’t sound very appealing to me, but I bet your dog would love it. You can make your own frozen concoctions to eat alongside your pup.

aapool3.  Soak your feet/paws in a kiddie pool

Those blue plastic pools from Kmart can be fun to soak your feet and paws in. Just be careful that your dog isn’t diving for toys in the bottom of the pool. They can inhale the water and get it into their lungs. Here are some pool safety tips.

original4.  Laze inside in the air conditioning
This sounds like our dog Peanut’s kind of activity. There’s nothing like curling up with your dog and reading a good book. Your dog doesn’t need their own air conditioner like our spoiled friend Rex, but they will love curling up with their human in the cool air of your home air conditioner.

Pucci$200415.  Wear a cooling bandana
Cooling bandanas filled with polymer crystals and then soaked in cool water are a nice way to cool off. I’ve seen them for humans at places like REI or even a craft show, but now they even make them for dogs. Outward Hound makes one to help keep your dog cool.

dog-on-walk6.  Go for a walk
If you plan your walks for early in the morning and late in the evening, you can avoid the heat of the day while still getting that much-needed exercise. Really you should keep your dog inside during the hottest parts of the day, but a good walk in the morning and the cool of the evening will keep your pup happy and healthy throughout the warm summer months.

B000VEJEMK_ImageB_small7.  Rent a dog movie to watch in your backyard theater
Summertime is great for outdoor movies in the back yard. All you need is a DLP or LCD projector and a bed sheet. Wait for the sun to go down and gather with your friends and your pup’s friends in the back yard. Here are some great ideasfor outdoor setups.

1308932519-imag00648.  Share a bowl of strawberries
Strawberries are full of antioxidants and are generally safe for your dog. That being said, share one or two, not half the bowl. You want to make sure your dog stays fit as a fiddle from all of that exercise you got taking the walks mentioned previously and from the nutritious food you’re feeding him. Oh, and leave the ice cream for the humans.

3787586656_2892bb0c89_z9.  Go to an outdoor concert
This is where you’ll find us many evenings during the summer. We love to pack a picnic and head out to one of the many concerts available in the area. I work in the music industry so music is a part of their daily life, they love it! Our summers may be short, but we pack a lot into that time.

10.  What would you do?
Tell me your ideas for having fun with your dog this summer. Let’s see how long we can make the list.

Until Next Time Remember,