Summertime is here, and we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Make the most of the sunshine for you and your pooch, and get involved in some dog-friendly summer activities!
We’ve put together a list of top summer activities for dogs to keep you and your pup entertained this year.
2. Dog friendly hikes
What better a way to spend a summer’s day then a long walk with your pooch? Plus, you’ll tucker them out, meaning you can enjoy some post-walk chill time as you both recuperate.
Auckland has an abundance of dog parks and walking trails, such as Big King Reserve, The Auckland Botanic Gardens or the beautiful beach side walk from Milford to Takapuna.
If you want to go on a hike through the bush, check out the doc website to see which trails allow dogs.
2. Hit the beach
If it’s before 10.00am and after 6.30pm during daylight savings, the beach is a doggie wonderland. Take a ball-thrower, a frisbee or just find sticks on the way, and you and your pooch can be entertained for hours. Even better, pack a picnic and take the whole family.
For a massive expanse of lead-free sand all day, take your pooch out to Muriwai beach. Doggie restrictions may vary slightly according to your area, so check the local signs before you let them off the lead.
3. Join a dog training group or organise a play date
This is a great way for your pooch to socialise with friends of the canine variety, not to mention for you to meet other dog owners.
Combining mental, social and physical agility is a great way to stimulate your pup, and work on their obedience. Ask around at your local dog park!
4. Go for a bike ride
Having your pooch run alongside as you go for a bike ride is a great way for both of you to get some exercise and fresh air. Make sure you go slowly to start out with, getting your dog used to walking, and then jogging, alongside you.
If you’re going to be around other people, make sure to train your pooch to be on the lead, bike-side. This is a great opportunity for some obedience training, too!
5. Try agility racing
Agility racing a great way for you and your pooch to bond. Negotiate an obstacle course together in the quickest time possible and making the least mistakes - it’s a great way to develop any dog’s ability to obey commands, jump and weave through obstacles.
Join a local club or set up your own course in the back yard with hoola hoops, chairs and other ‘obstacles’.
6. Go camping
The ultimate summer activity! If you think your pooch would relish a night (or a few) living in the wild, this could be the ultimate bonding experience.
If your pooch is prone to running off, make sure to bring a long rope to tie to a nearby tree trunk. You can even get special ‘doggie’ tents to keep them warm and dry. Be sure to bring enough food and water for the both of you.
These are just a few of the many summer activities for dogs to try on a long sunny day with your pooch! Always make sure you’re watching for signs of over-exhaustion or dehydration - your dog can get so carried away with the fun they’re having that they forget to take a break!
If you’ve got any questions about the best ways to enjoy enjoy summer with your dog? Feel free to call us on: 09 448 2227.