Top 10 Things To Do On Your Dog’s Summer Bucket List

Kevin Roberts
by Kevin Roberts
After a long Canadian winter, my dogs and I are so ready for the dog days of summer! To make the most of our summer time fun, I have devised my ultimate summertime bucket list.

Check ups. Maybe not all dogs’ favorite activity, but we start our summertime off with a quick check-in with the vet. It doesn’t take long to make sure our heartworm, flea and tick medications are all up to date. In addition, we review our vaccination schedule. After all, an ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure.

Picnic in the park. The first nice day, you will find me at the park with my dogs! I pack a picnic for the family and dinner for the dogs. Some fresh air, in the warm spring sunshine gets in in the mood for the adventures to come. I am always sure to pack extra water and blankets for my dogs. While my dogs may appear my dogs are spoiled, bringing their own blankets helps them know where to lay down, away from my food!

Try a new hike. The dark days of winter are for planning summer time hikes! These days I get plenty of my hiking ideas from social media groups. Beautiful scenery, with a water course nearby is sure to draw my attention. I read as much as I can about the new hike before I go, so I can plan and pack accordingly.

Patio pups. My city is pretty barren when it comes to place for pups to chill on the patio. But that’s okay. We have our own spot in the backyard to chill out. To help the dogs get their chill game be strong, we offer up plenty of frozen treats and have at it!

Nap in the sun. As my dogs have aged, they increasingly enjoy the feel of warm sun on their bodies. Besides just feeling good, soaking in those rays, helps dogs produce vitamin D. Which supports bone formation, and muscle and nerve control.

Camping. My dogs and I enjoy some in-tents moments during the summer. Camping gets us out to the great outdoors. In close proximity to nature and each other. This is where we make our memories and enjoy the easy pace of summer life. Most dogs are ready born campers, happy to take up a weekend adventure. Pack light and focus on the fun!

Road trip! Nothing says summer like a road trip! Seeing new places, smelling new things, new places to pee! It doesn’t matter where you go, or for how long, take your wild thing and get out on the highway! You will find adventure at every turn.

Spa day. I am so not a spa guy, but even I have to admit that it feels good to be pampered. A good bath, a long brushing session, gets rid of all that dead fur and leaves your pup feeling lighter, fluffier, faster! Ready to take on the world! Or maybe even just ready to go get muddy again!

Hit the beach. Swimming. Or in some cases, just wading around. It doesn’t matter your dog’s swimming style, just so long as you get out there and get wet! Beach days are great ways to keep cool, soak in the rays and make the most out of summer. Pack a few floating toys and a good towel or five and you got the making of an epic summer day.

Doggy Paddle. Whether your style is floating down a lazy river on your SUP, exploring a quiet bay by kayak or tackling a multi-day canoe trip, it doesn’t matter. Just pack your canine PFD and get out on the water. Doggies and paddles are a great combination.

Head out there and make the most of your summer!

Kevin Roberts
Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts lives for adventure. Together with his pack of rescue dogs and his husband, he spends as much time outdoors as possible. Kevin lives by the motto: "Get outside and play with your dogs!

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