The Dogs Days of Summer are just around the corner – how did the month of June go by so fast?! These are the hottest and steamiest part of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star (the brightest star visible from any part of the earth,) rises the same time as the Sun. In honor of those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” here are the best bonding summer activities for you and your dog!
Summer Activities With Your Dog
Go to a Dog Beach
Many parks are starting to open back up, as are beaches, and what better way for your fur baby to cool off than wrestle in the sand and jump into the water? Not all beach allows dogs, so you definitely should research which ones are dog-friendly before you head out.
Not every dog enjoys being in the water, but most still enjoy seeing all the birds, ducks, and fish. Kayaking is a great bonding activity because your dog can sit right at your feet, but make sure you and your pup have plenty of practice testing out a life vest and hopping on and off the boat, as it might be scared the first time you do it.
Dogs love the great outdoors just as much as you do. Although there are some nature trails that don’t allow pups, like National Parks, you can hit up a National Forest, or even one of the many Rail Trails that stretch along the country.
Go On a Casual Walk
It’s okay if you or your dog don’t want to try anything too difficult. Sometimes a gentle stroll is all you need to stay active during the summer. Luckily, the sun stays out much longer than usual, so if you want to wait until the weather cools down a bit, you’ll still have plenty of light in the early evening.
If you’re an animal lover but don’t have a pet, maybe a friend will let you take theirs for the day. If you’re not a fan, no worries, all of these activities you can do without a dog in tow.
What do you like to do during the Dog Days of Summer?