Summer Activities for Dogs

At Bark Boutique, we love summer because it presents an ideal opportunity to involve our dogs in outdoor garden activities. 

Not only do these activities provide physical and mental stimulation, but they strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

In this article we explore a variety of enjoyable and beneficial activities and ideas that will help to keep your dog entertained and thriving throughout the summer months.

Remember, it’s essential to dog proof your garden beforehand, ensuring it is a safe and secure environment for your dog.

If you don’t have access to a garden and are using an open space instead for outdoor activities, it’s just as crucial to make sure the area is safe and suitable for your dog’s enjoyment and wellbeing.

Dog Proofing your Garden

  • Fencing – Constructing a secure perimeter is vital. Ensure the fencing is the appropriate height and built with the correct material to prevent any great dog escapes. Especially if your dog is a skilled jumper and likes to go on their own wandering adventures.
  • Plant Safety – Be aware of toxic plants that are poisonous to dogs. Puppies are prone to exploring and chewing. Know what is in your garden and deal with it accordingly, for example placing suitable fencing to restrict any access to potential harmful plants. Protect your dog and protect your plants.
  • Shade for Comfort Providing shaded areas is crucial during the warmer summer months. Overheating and heat stroke can potentially be fatal for dogs so consider building a well-ventilated purpose-built dog shelter or an awning on a patio to make a cool retreat. Include soft, comfortable bedding and cushions to encourage relaxation.
  • Hydration Station – Always maintain a constant fresh water supply in the garden. Adequate hydration is essential for your dog’s welfare, especially during the warmer weather.
  • Maintaining Hygiene – It is important to promptly clean up dog waste to uphold cleanliness and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. A clean garden not only creates a safe environment for your dog but promotes overall hygiene for visiting family and friends.

By addressing these factors, you can create a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for dogs to thrive during the summer months.

Now let’s dive into the exciting part.

Here is a collection of some fun and fabulous ideas and activities to keep your dog entertained throughout the summer:

Consider Investing in a Doggie Pool

Doggie Pools are a sure hit this summer.

These pools can provide dogs with endless enjoyment as they splash around in the water.

Not only can it provide hours of entertainment for your dog, but it’s a great way for them to cool down on hot days. It is recommended to opt for a shallow pool to ensure your dog feels comfortable and secure.

Remember, supervision is essential to guarantee their safety while they enjoy their aquatic adventures.

Create a Dog-Friendly Sand Pit

Dogs have an instinct to dig, so why not designate a specific area of your garden for this purpose?!

It allows dogs to express their natural behaviour, providing excellent mental stimulation.

Not only does this keep your dog entertained, but this will also help safeguard other areas of your garden from any unwanted paw prints. For added fun, make it interactive by burying some toys for your dog to discover.

Interactive Dog Toys for Mental Stimulation

Mental stimulation is crucial for a dog’s overall wellbeing, contributing significantly to their health and happiness.

Interactive dog toys are a great way to engage and challenge them mentally whilst helping to reduce boredom.

Puzzle toys that dispense treats, for example, provide both mental stimulation and reward. These toys are incredibly popular and have the ability to keep your dog’s attention for hours on end.

If you don’t have access to pre-made interactive toys, consider a DIY approach by hiding dog toys in your garden in safe places where you are happy for your dog to roam.

Encouraging your dog to seek out these hidden toys provides mental stimulation plus a great bonding opportunity between you and your beloved dog.

Dog Water Fountain / Sprinkler, a Summer Essential

This is a fantastic product for summer play times! Not only does it offer hours of fulfilling entertainment, but it also ensures hydration for your dog during the warmer months.

Additionally, it is a great dog training tool. Your dog will learn to press the lever with their paw to access water from the fountain.

This is a must for hydration, helping to prevent overheating and no need to worry about keeping your outdoor bowls filled. This really is an innovative summer product.

Boomer Ball – the Ultimate Toy for High Energy Dogs

Now for those of you with high energy dogs in need of a tough toy, then look no further than the Boomer Ball. Made from virtually indestructible polyethylene, these balls are built to withstand even the most persistent of chewers.

The Boomer Ball provides both exercise and stimulation, keeping your dog thoroughly entertained during the summer months as well as providing some therapeutic benefits.

Designed for chasing and rolling, ideally the ball should be a size smaller than what it can carry in its mouth for optimal enjoyment.

Learning Agility – Enhance Your Dog’s Skills this Summer

Summer is the perfect time to work on your dog’s training and obedience. Training sessions are a fantastic way to bolster the bond between you and your dog and offer valuable mental stimulation.

Why not consider setting up an agility course?! With agility sets to suit all budgets it’s a great option for all kinds of dogs to enjoy and experiment with.

Plus, they are easy to set up and clear away meaning hassle free housekeeping!

Solo Tug Toys – A Win-Win for You and Your Dog

While dogs love a good challenging game of tug of war, it can sometimes be a bit strenuous and hard work for us humans! The solution?! The solo tug toys such as ‘Tether Tug Toys.’ Available in a range of sizes, they are the ideal option to keep your dog both physically and mentally engaged.

These toys can really help reduce boredom and keep them occupied for ages, burning off excess energy, promoting your dog’s health and well-being.

Ball launchers – Fetch Time Fun

Dogs love nothing more than a game of fetch so if you have the room at home or access to a nearby safe open area, consider purchasing a ball launcher toy. It takes the pressure away from you having to throw the ball a long distance, and the bright colours make it easy for dogs to spot and retrieve. This really is a win win for both you and your dog!

Water toys for your Dog’s Aquatic Adventures

In recent years, dog toys have advanced to include options that can float on water, catering perfectly to your dog’s natural retrieval instincts.

There are a variety of options to choose from including floating balls to other innovative designs.

However, it’s imperative to ensure your dog’s safety in the water. Consider prioritising safety by investing in a high visibility life jacket, which are available at Bark Boutique, to provide you with peace of mind while your dog enjoys their aquatic games and adventures.

Designated Relaxation Areas

Dogs love having fun in the sun, but it’s equally important to provide them with down time. Create a shaded area where your dog can relax and unwind after a day of play.

Always make sure they have access to fresh water, as hydration is essential for their health and wellbeing.

Check our article on Top Tips for Summer Dog Care, for more information on keeping your dog hydrated, cool and comfortable in the summer.

Cooling Treats for Your Dog

Just like us on a hot day, dogs eagerly look forward to cooling off with a refreshing cold treat.

Why not let them try dog friendly popsicle chew toys. They are effortless to prepare by simply soaking them in water and placing them in the freezing until solid. This provides a well-deserved, refreshing treat for your dog.

For an even more refreshing experience, pair it with a dog cooling vest.

To conclude, while we enjoy summer, we must prioritise our dog’s safety, especially in the heat.

Summer activities provide wonderful opportunities for our dogs to stay active, stimulated and content while enjoying the great outdoors.

Always remain vigilant for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, and ensure ample shade and access to hydration.

Be mindful of potential hazards in your garden and outdoor areas, such as toxic plants and sharp objects.

Remember to carry out a full check of your surroundings and manage any potential issues promptly.
Incorporating fun and beneficial activities into your summer routine will not only enhance your dog’s physical and mental wellbeing but will provide vital bonding that will create lasting memories.

So, embrace the outdoors with your dog and let the summer adventures begin!

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