Top Ten Things to Do With Your Dog This Summer: Part Two

Top Ten Things to Do With Your Dog This Summer: Part Two Last week we shared our top five ideas for things to do with your dog this Summer. In case you missed it...

Sara Forsberg · July 13, 2021

Top Ten Things to Do With Your Dog This Summer: Part Two

Last week we shared our top five ideas for things to do with your dog this Summer. In case you missed it.

6. Dog- friendly restaurants, breweries or wineries

Find a restaurant, brewery or winery with a dog friendly patio and bring a book and order a summer drink. You’ll be amazed at all the people who will stop to say hello and pet your pup; it’s a great way to meet people!

7. Check out your local dog park

Most cities have some designated parks where dogs are allowed to roam off leash. This is also a great way to socialize your pet. Always ensure your pet is up to date on vaccinations when frequenting high dog-trafficked areas. (

8. Biking

For small dogs, a bike trailer meant for children can be easily converted to accommodate dogs, or there are specific trailers designed for dogs allowing you to take your pup along for leisurely summer bike rides. If you invest in a bike trailer, be sure your dog is okay and comfortable with it. Allow them to sit in it before even attempting to pull it behind. And when you do, make sure your pet is safely secured/ harnessed in so that they can’t leap out. ( It may take some getting used to so that your dog does not panic or become startled. Some people allow their dog to run by their side while they bicycle- but for puppies, older dogs, or dogs that have joint problems, a bike trailer is a great alternative.

9. Take a hike

Dogs big and small can be perfect hiking companions. Plan a trail hike appropriate for your dog’s fitness level and breed by making sure that the hike is not too strenuous for them, and they stay well hydrated. Also, if it is a busy area, ensure that they are socialized among people and other dogs and that the weather is not too hot so you can have a great day exploring with them. Be cautious not to go when the sun is highest and the temperature in the middle of the day is scorching. Again, always be sure to bring a portable doggie water dish for breaks.

10. Head out for camping trip

It’s the perfect season for camping with family, friends and pets. Whether you’re a backpacker that goes on longer journeys or a casual camper, your dog can be a great addition to your summer plans. ( Depending on the length of your trip and your dog’s breed, size, temperament and agility make sure you prepare your dog, accordingly, research the trails/ campsites, and make sure you have the right gear for your beloved four legged friend.

They don’t call it the dog days of summer for nothing! ( Pups that are exposed to a variety of new activities and situations tend to have less anxiety and are usually less timid. Getting outdoors and including your fur baby in family outings this summer; you can make lasting memories while also helping your dog to be an even better companion.


Sara Forsberg

Sara Forsberg

Sara has been part of the BARF team since 2019. She is responsible for some admin duties, helping keep the office running smoothly and support for Rob Jr. and the rest of the team. She has been passionate about animals since a small child growing up with a Siberian Husky and 3 cats, and as an adult having a Labrador Retriever that suffered from a lot of allergy problems. She now has a rescue orphaned kitten, Poppy, and a new addition in another Lab named Jax. She has 7 children that keep her busy in most of her spare time; but enjoys anything on or near the water, spending time with friends and family, music, reading and cooking.


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