25 Activities To Do With Your Dog This Spring/Summer | Pupford
May 16th, 2023
Filed under Pet Parenting
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. You know what that means: perfect weather, summer vacation for some, and longer days.
It’s the perfect time to plan some adventures with your whole family, including your dogs.
If you need some ideas for activities to do with your dog this spring and , we’ve got you covered -- with 25 ideas to be exact.
25 ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR DOG THIS SPRING/SUMMER
Keep in mind…
Before we get into our list of activities, we just wanted to share some things you should keep in mind whenever you’re making plans that involve your dog:
- Make sure the activity you plan matches your dog’s activity level. If your dog is only used to short walks, a five mile hike may not be the best thing to include them on. You can certainly build up your dog’s stamina over time, but make sure you’re not pushing them to do something that’s too strenuous.
- Be mindful of the heat and be sure to pack plenty of water for you and your dog. A makes this really easy!
- Check that wherever you’re going is dog friendly.
- Familiarize yourself with what poison ivy or other (as well as animals 😬) look like so you can keep your dog away from them.
- Make sure your dog is up to date on their flea and tick prevention and all vaccines before taking them to a new place.
Now we’re ready to get into some great activity ideas for activities with your dog this season!
1. GO TO THE BEACH
Dog friendly beaches are a great way to enjoy the warm weather with your dog. Just be sure it’s not too warm, as the sand could burn their paws.
2. GO HIKING
If you’re looking to escape the warmth, head to the mountains and look for dog-friendly hiking trails to explore with your dog. Check out before heading out on your next adventure.
3. HAVE A PHOTOSHOOT
Get your pup a new collar, bandana, our outfit (extra points if it matches yours!) and get a photographer to snap some keepsake photos.
4. GO CAMPING
Find a dog-friendly campground, pack up your tent, and have a night in the great outdoors.
5. VISIT A PET EXPO
Search for a pet expo near you and bring your dog to check it out! You’ll probably find some fun new toys, tasty new treats, or adorable accessories while you’re there.
6. TAKE THEM OUT TO THE BALLGAME!
Many minor and major league baseball games have dog days at their stadiums, where fans can bring their pups. This is a great way for your dog to meet new doggy friends, too.
7. HAVE A DOGGY SPA DAY
Warmer weather = more time outdoors = easier for your dog to get dirty. Take them for a full treatment at a groomer’s, or set it up at home! Don’t forget the and .
8. GRAB A COLD, SWEET TREAT
If your local ice cream shop is dog-friendly or has an outdoor area, take them with you to get a refreshing treat. You can get a small scoop of vanilla or whipped cream for your pup, but remember no chocolate or toppings!
9. OR FIND A LOCAL DOG BAKERY
If you’re not big on sharing human treats with your dog, find a local dog treat bakery or bakery that features dog treats, and take a trip there.
10. SEE AN OUTDOOR MOVIE
A lot of community grounds will play outdoor movies during the summer. Just be sure to keep your dog on a leash so everyone can enjoy the movie!
11. GO STARGAZING
Looking for an adventure after dark? Set up a blanket outside and look for constellations or planets in the night sky.
12. CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL FARMER'S MARKET
Support local farmers and get your dog some nice leisurely exercise, a win-win!
13. OR A STREET FAIR/FESTIVAL
You never know what you’ll find at a street fair or local festival! This activity is best for dogs who are not overwhelmed in very stimulating situations.
14. VISIT A DOG-FRIENDLY HOTEL
Visit somewhere new and either explore the area or have a staycation.
15. GO BOATING
If you are a boater or have friends who are, taking your dog with you is a great idea. Make sure that your dog stays on a leash and/or has a life jacket if they’re not an avid swimmer. PS-
16. TAKE A ROAD TRIP
Grab your car harness or doggy car seat and hit the road! Make sure to factor in time to stop and give your dog water and a potty break. More tips for
17. CHECK OUT A STATE PARK
State parks are some of the most underrated outdoor destinations. Most have dog friendly trails or areas so you can challenge yourself to visit as many as possible with your dog by your side.
18. EAT AT A DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT
A lot of restaurants that have outdoor dining are dog friendly. Some will even bring out a bowl of water or special treat for your pup.
19. TRY DOGA
Dog yoga, known as doga, is a new craze where pup parents bring their dogs along for a yoga class. There’s a pun about “downward facing dog” in there somewhere…
20. VISIT A WINERY OR BREWERY
Many are dog friendly and are a great place to meet new friends for a fun-filled day.
21. GO BIKING
If you have a very active dog, you can have them run alongside you on a hands-free leash to explore a new path. Otherwise, you can get a bike stroller or basket so your dog can just sit back and relax.
22. SEE LIVE MUSIC
While heavy metal or loud rock and roll might not be the best for your dog, a more mellow outdoor concert is a great place to take your dog for fresh air and socialization.
23. VISIT ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
See if you can map a route near you that passes several roadside attractions. Photo evidence is a must!
24. GO TO A MUSEUM
Is your local art museum or gallery pet friendly? They may be and you just don’t know it! If you enjoy art and your dog enjoys a quiet atmosphere, it’s the perfect activity.
25. FOSTER A DOG
Warm weather months are perfect for giving a dog from a local rescue some family time -- especially if the dog needs more help with potty training (late-night potty trips are much easier when it’s not snowing out). This is a great way to do something fulfilling and meaningful, and you may even end up giving that dog a forever home!
Are there any other activities you love to do with your pup during the spring and summer? Share in the comments below!