Dog Tips: Fun Summer Activities to do with Your Dog

One of the best co-pilots to go on adventures with is your pooch. Often, they are excited for anything and want to spend time with you. In addition to spending time with your dog, participating in activities or events strengthens your bond with them. It also promotes mental and physical stimulation which is extremely beneficial for your dog. In celebration of it officially being summer, here is a list of fun activities to do with your dog. Additionally, if you live in Colorado, there are some upcoming events happening that your dog can accompany you to.

Soul Dog Ruby enjoying a hike!
  1. Spend a day swimming at a beach or lake. Depending on where you live, there are a number of lakes or reservoirs to go to. If the weather’s hot, your dog will especially love the cool feeling of jumping into the water. 
  2. Go paddleboarding with your dog. You may enjoy another fun water activity with your canine. This activity will be easier to do with smaller-sized dogs. 
  3. Explore your local farmer’s market. Typically, farmer’s markets are outside and it should not be an issue if your dog accompanies you. It’s a fun experience for you and your dog and can be an opportune time to get in additional leash or attention training. 
  4. Take a hike. It’s a beautiful time to take your dog to a National Park or one that is near your house. Remember to leash up when you go out on this adventure. 
  5. Go to a dog park. It’s a great opportunity to socialize your dog and watch their body language to learn important cues. If you would like to learn more, make sure to read “Beneficial Tips to Socialize Your Dog.
  6. Visit a pet-friendly restaurant. Check around your local area and you may find several places that allow dogs!

Upcoming Events in Colorado

  • Hops for Hounds and Heroes. On Saturday, July 3, 2021, Launch Pad Brewery invites you to bring the family and fur babies. There will be Veteran and Service Dog teams of the Rescue for PTSD showcasing their skills and their master trainer will give you tips and tricks for your pups. Additionally, there will be music and games available!
  • The Canine Stars at Aspen Grove Mutt Market. This one-day event is on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The entertainment show features extreme dog sports such as freestyle disc, dancing dogs, agility racing, and dock diving. 
  • Dog Swim at Aurora Reservoir. All four-legged friends are welcome at this event. It is  Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 9 AM-12 PM.

With many of these activities and events, you and your furry friend will be outside. Make sure to read “Tips to Protect Your Dog’s Paws in Summer Heat” to take preventative measures in protecting your canine.

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