Sweet Summertime with Your Dog

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By Toni Gibson-Mark, KPA-CTP

The sun is shining and it’s time to get outside!  Being outside is one of the best things about the summer, and it’s definitely the favorite time of year for many of our pets!  Dogs are often so excited to get outside and romp around in the warm weather too.

outdoor activies with your dog

With summer here to stay, plan to spend fun time outside with your dog.

Being outside with our pets can be a really rewarding and fun-filled experience!  When you’re outside with your dog, first make sure that you are in a safe area, especially if you’ll be off-leash.  Is the area fenced in?  Could other dogs or people approach you?  You will want to assess the factors before determining what types of outdoor activities you want to take part in with your pet.

Once you’ve got a safe area, there are so many things you can do outdoors with your dog!

Bring your dog to the dog park!  The dog park is usually very busy in the summertime, so it’s a great time for your dog to meet and play with new friends!  When you go to the dog park, make sure your dog is comfortable and plays well with others.  Also, make sure that you are comfortable with the other dogs there.  For some great additional information about dog parks, visit the Animal Behavior Associates, Inc website on dog park etiquette.

If dog parks aren’t your thing but you still want to be outside, consider doing a 5K or dog walk with your dog.  Many local rescues hold fundraisers where you can take your dog for a long walk.  It’s a great opportunity to socialize AND help an animal rescue!

agility

Training your dogs can be a rewarding activity for you and your pet.

Training your dog to do new tricks or new sports is a popular activity in the summertime.  You can purchase inexpensive agility equipment or develop your own!  Training your dog to walk through weavepoles or jump through a hoop using positive reinforcement training methods can be really rewarding and fun for you and your pet.

Take your dog for a swim!  Some dogs LOVE to doggy paddle around a pool, lake, or ocean.  Before swimming for the firs time, make sure your dog is comfortable with the water.  If they aren’t overly comfortable at first, let them take their time getting accustomed to the water so that they are able to enjoy it throughout their whole life.

summer activities for dogs

Your local ice cream shop may be dog friendly. Call ahead to find out.

Contact your local ice cream shops to see if they are dog-friendly.  Many will have ice cream for pups during the summer.  If they do, bring the whole family for ice cream—including your dog!  The cool treat will be great for everyone.

There are lots of fun activities for our pets during the warm months.  Make it a goal to get outside to enjoy some of these moments!

What are you and your pet planning for the summer? Let us know in the comment section below.

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5 Responses to Sweet Summertime with Your Dog

  1. Jack Savona says:

    Is the wireless pet-safe system collar compatible with any of the wired systems?

    • Jessica Medlin says:

      Hi Jack, the technology in the wired & wireless containment systems are so different. They actually function the exact opposite, so the collars for the wireless systems are not universal or interchangeable with the wired systems. If you have any further questions, please email us at ccc3@petsafe.net. Have a great day!

  2. dan pace says:

    Hello,

    Please call me at 617-851-5177. I bought a no-bark collar. It worked once. There is no identifier on it. You don’t provide a phone number for me to call. I need help or I need a replacement.

    Regards,

    dan

    • Jessica Medlin says:

      Hi Dan, the phone number will be on the product packaging. You can also go to our website and find all of our Customer Care contact information. The phone number for Customer Care is 1-866-738-4379. One of our Customer Care Specialists can provide the assistance you will need. Thank you!

  3. M. Cimo says:

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