In a normal summer, we would be out and about with our friends soaking up the sun. And while the pandemic has made seeing friends more challenging, there is one friend you can still enjoy the summer with...your dog!

Here we list a few ideas for fun dog-friendly summer activities that you can do in the next few weeks.

What Activities Can I Do With My Dog In The Summer?

With its sunny days and green grass, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend. 

Whether it’s as simple as visiting a dog park on the other side of the city, or as adventurous as planning a hiking trip in the woods, there are a lot of fun summer activities for dogs to choose from.

No matter where you decide to take your dog, the summer is a perfect opportunity to get you and your dog some exercise. Your dog will not only appreciate the change of scenery but more importantly the quality time you two spend together.

Just make sure to wear your mask and practice social distancing wherever you go!

What Activities Can I Do With My Dog At Home?

If you’re worried about going outdoors during the pandemic, there are still many dog-friendly summer activities you can do in the comfort of your home.

If you’re stuck indoors, make playtime productive by teaching your dog new tricks. Teaching tricks is easy with crunchy and delicious treats such as Open Farm’s very own Cod Skin dog treats. With these tasty and nutritious bites, you’ll be able to keep your dog’s attention on you and the lesson at hand.  

How Can I Keep My Dog Cool on Hot Days?

Summer weather can get hot and humid for our furry friends. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to keep your dog cool in the summer.

When you take your dog outside for dog-friendly summer activities, keep an eye out for excessive panting and signs of fatigue. Remember that dogs can’t sweat, so this is how they regulate their body temperature. If you’ve only been out a couple of minutes and your dog is already panting loudly, it may be a good idea to go back inside and take a walk later when it’s a little cooler.

During the summer, the heat of the sun may be beating down on the sidewalk, making it a pain on your pup’s paws. You might not feel the heat with your shoes on, but for your dog’s sake, take a walk in grassy or shaded areas. 

One of the best ways to keep your dog cool while enjoying summer dog activities is to keep a water dish handy. This is especially important if you go on long walks or hikes. Just like humans, dogs need to stay hydrated too. If you plan on going for a longer walk, bring a water bowl and mini bowl for your pup to stay hydrated.

Challenges for Dogs in the Summer

While summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, increased physical activity combined with high temperatures can take a toll on your dog. 

We’ve listed some ways to keep your dog cool in the summer heat, but what can you do to help her stay healthy and energetic enough to enjoy all these dog-friendly summer activities? The best thing you can do as an owner is to provide your dog with food that meets all her nutritional requirements--not just in the summer, but year-round.

One delicious way for your pup to cool down after a walk is to make a frozen bone broth treat for them. Check out this article to learn how to make a homemade treat your pet will love and click here to shop bone broths.

Our line of Rustic Stews is ethically and sustainably sourced. The extra moisture from the food adds to the water your dog drinks. This added source of hydration is a big help when it comes to keeping your dog cool in the summer months.

No matter what summer activities you decide to do with your dog, Open Farm has the healthy nutrition they need after a day of play. Make sure you stock up on your pup’s favorite products today.