Looking to embark on outdoor adventures with your canine companion? We have 7 activities to do with your dog that will make the Summer season extra fun.
In this list are activities that cater to dogs of all sizes. We delve into a medley of activities that go beyond the routine walk, unveiling a world of fun and fitness for both you and your furry friend!
Check out these 7 fun activities to try with your dog, and make the most of the summer sunshine!
1. Go boating with your furry bestie
Kayaking, canoeing and boating in general is an incredible and enjoyable activity for both you and your furry friend! The versatility of kayaks & canoes accommodates smaller breeds comfortably at the front, while larger dogs can find solace closer to your feet. This water adventure is perfect for exploring inlets, small bays, and slow-moving rivers.
It’s as simple as hiring a boat, canoe or kayak and hitting the open water!
GoBoat have easy-to-drive boats for hire in most states of Australia – no boat license needed! Or, another option for those in Victoria; head to Studley Park Boathouse with your four-legged friend and paddle your way down the gorgeous Yarra River.
2. Try stand-up paddle boarding
Stand-up paddling (SUP) offers a spacious board for your canine co-pilots. Dogs of all sizes can enjoy the ride on the board’s nose. Opt for a calm day on a lake or bay for your initial excursion together, allowing your pup to acclimate to the new experience. If balancing becomes challenging, paddle on your knees to lower your centre of gravity. Consider investing in a life vest for your dog, making it easier for you to lift them back onto the board after an inevitable dip.
3. Enjoy a day at the dog beach
Embrace the sun, sand, and boundless joy of a trip to your nearest dog beach. As soon as your furry companion sets paws on the soft sand, the exploration begins. The beach offers a vast playground for unrestrained frolicking, digging in the sand, and water play. Dogs of all shapes and sizes revel in the freedom to run unleashed, with their fur flying in the sea breeze!
Check out where the best dog-friendly beaches are near you >
4. Find fun in frisbee throwing
Dogs adore playing with frisbees, providing both pleasure and potential for friendly competition. If your dog is a fan of ball games, why not switch it up and introduce frisbee into your routine? It’s an excellent form of exercise involving running, jumping, and tapping into your dog’s instinct to chase and catch moving objects. For those seeking a more structured challenge, buy yourself a dog disc and delve into the world of Disc Dog competitions, combining physical prowess with artistic flair.
5. Bond over a bike ride together
For dogs with exuberant energy on walks, cycling can be an ideal activity. Keeping pace with your pedalling will burn off excess energy, promoting relaxation later on. Ensure you choose dog-friendly paths and keep a close eye on your furry companion to make the experience enjoyable for both of you.
6. Skate down the esplanade
Similar to cycling, roller skating, skate boarding and scootering all offer a fantastic outlet for your dog’s energy. Assuming you’re a skilled skater and can confidently control your dog, this activity promises excitement! Opt for traffic-free zones like parks to fully enjoy your skating excursion with your enthusiastic canine companion.
Important note: As well as maintaining temperature, dogs are at risk of burns from pavement when it’s too hot. To tell if the pavement is too hot, if you can’t hold the palm or back of your hand on it for more than 7 seconds, it’s not safe to take them out for a walk.
7. Compete against one another in an agility course
Explore the world of agility, a high-energy and competitive sport that not only provides excellent exercise but also builds confidence and new skills for your dog. The obstacle course requires teamwork, with dogs relying on their human friends for directions. While competitive agility involves rigorous training, you can always introduce your pooch to this exhilarating sport and see how you both fare!
Are you heading out with your hound this weekend?
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Summer time offers the perfect opportunity to head outdoors and enjoy wide open spaces with your four-legged best friend by your side. However…. heatstroke in pets is a very real risk. So always bring water with you and assess the temperature and overall conditions before deciding which activity to jump into.
Consider a Mad Paws Pet Sitter, Dog Walker or Doggy Day Care.
Did you know we offer all types of services to keep your dog entertained, exercised and stimulated? From dog walking to doggy day care, and even overnight dog and house sitting services – choose Mad Paws when you need a helping hand with your pupper.