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Life with Pets July 12, 2021

The best 5 summer activities for your dog (based on breed)

'Tis the season to enjoy the great outdoors with your pup. Browse this list of pet-friendly summer activities to find one that your pup will love.

Are you looking to spend more time outside with your pup this summer?

When it comes to outdoor adventures, it’s important to consider your dog’s energy level, stamina, and heat tolerance. And if you know their breed make-up, that can help you identify activities they’ll adore.

Here are a few fun ways to keep your dog moving in the warmer weather.

Golden Retriever on a hike
High-energy breeds tend to love hiking and other outdoor activites.

1. Bring your dog along on hikes.

For high-energy, active breeds—such as those in the sporting, herding, and terrier groups—hiking is hard to top. There are so many new smells and experiences to explore, and the shade from trees offers a respite from the summer heat.

Because hiking trails vary in difficulty, it’s usually pretty easy to find one that suits both you and your dog. Be sure to keep your pup on a leash for their safety (and that of the nature around you). And pack plenty of water, treats, and poop bags for your outing.

Energy level required: Medium to high.

Dog breeds that love hiking: 

A Labrador Retriever swimming with a toy in their mouth
For some dogs, there's nothing better than a summer swim.

2. Make a splash.

Swimming is an entertaining way for your dog to beat the heat on a summer day. And if your dog isn’t the best swimmer, wading in shallow areas, relaxing in kiddie pools, and running through sprinklers are great alternatives.

Many breeds love to play fetch in the water. Try tossing a floating, water-safe toy into a calm lake for your dog to bring back. But remember, safety first! Avoid bodies of water with strong currents or other obvious hazards. And if you can, keep your pup from drinking the water.

Energy level required: Low to high.

Dog breeds that love swimming:

Woman about to throw toy for her dog to fetch
Retrievers are well-known fetch fanatics. But many breeds can learn to love the game.

3. Play fetch in the (dog) park.

One of the oldest outdoor canine pastimes, fetch is a favorite game of many medium- to high-energy dogs. And if it takes place in a park where they have plenty of room to run around, all the better. (Bonus: Playing fetch in a dog park also allows your pup to interact with other dogs.)

Make sure to bring along lots of water and take frequent breaks in the shade to ensure your dog doesn’t overheat.

Energy level required: Medium to high.

Dog breeds that love playing fetch:

Woman walking her Chihuahua
Walks are good for both you and your pooch.

4. Go for a stroll.

Weather permitting, a leisurely walk is a lovely, low-impact activity for all breeds. In the hottest parts of the year, opt for early morning or late evening strolls, as temperatures will be milder.

Pro tip: Before heading out, check the pavement by putting your bare hand on the surface for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pup’s paws.

Energy level required: Low to medium.

Dog breeds that love going for walks:

Woman talking to her pup at a dog-friendly restaurant
Care to hit the town with your pup? Many establishments welcome pets.

5. Grab a snack at a dog-friendly restaurant.

Many restaurants, coffee shops, and cafés allow pets nowadays. If you’ve got a laid-back breed, consider letting them join when you go out to grab a bite.

Doing so will provide your dog with a refreshing change of scenery and the chance to socialize with other pets and people.

Energy level required: Low to medium.

Dog breeds that love socializing:

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