Even though your dog may seem like a couch potato, he or she loves being outside. This is because dogs descended from canines who lived in the wild, so it's in their nature. Fortunately, spring and summer provide lots of opportunities for you and your pup to enjoy time outside. The possibilities seem nearly endless with the improving weather, rising temperatures and sunshine. Here are just a few ways you can enjoy the warmer months with your dog:
1. Smell The Flowers
Spring is the season for flowers and what better way to enjoy the warmer weather than visiting some blossoms - whether you're taking a walk through local gardens, wild flower fields or simply the flowerbeds in your neighborhood. No matter which you choose, you'll be treating your dog to lots of new scents that weren't there before the spring season sprung.
2. Go For A Run
After spending the winter months inside, lots of people feel motivated to exercise outside and shed their winter weight. Your pup, too, spent winter being less active indoors and would be eager to join you on your run. Plus, running together has plenty of benefits beyond physical activity.
3. Visit The Farmer’s Market
Springtime means that farmer's markets are back. Why not take your dog with you, (if he or she is well-behaved enough) to give him or her the opportunity to explore new sights and smells. He or she may even get a sample, just make sure it's a dog-friendly one.
4. Go To A Baseball Game
More and more baseball teams are now allowing you to bring your dog to the stadium. They usually designate a day or several as "dog days" and often in the spring, when the temperatures are not too hot for your pup. What dog wouldn't love to watch a game designed around throwing and catching balls? It's basically professional fetch.
5. Spend Time At The Dog Park
As previously mentioned, your dog spent most of winter inside and unable to expend all his or her energy. Going to a dog park is an excellent way to let your dog release some of that pent-up energy. Not only is it an extended amount of time outside, but there's so much socialization and stimulation with all those buddies around.
6. Go On A Hike
Springtime means hiking season has officially begun. But it's not just a great time for people to go hike, it's also great for dogs. This is because the spring weather isn't be too hot for your pup to enjoy the great outdoors. Just make sure to be safe while hiking with your dog and keep an eye out for ticks.
7. Spend Time At The Beach
Summer brings lots of sunshine and hot temperatures, which can be dangerous for dogs. But one great way for you and your pup to spend time outside, while able to stay cool, is to go to the beach. Because you have easy access to the ocean, your dog can splash around in it to prevent overheating or heat stroke.
8. Fire Up The Grill
What would summertime be without some grilling? The summer weather provides the perfect setting for an afternoon or evening grill session. Whether it's in your backyard or in a public place, you can bring your dog along so you two can enjoy time together outside.
9. Live That Lake Life
Summer is prime season for taking trips to the lake. Like the beach, a lake can provide a wonderful opportunity for you and your dog to spend time outside while not getting overheated. The easy access to water makes it a great place to go in the summertime.
10. Catch A Drive-In Movie
One popular summer activity for people is going to drive-in movies. But why not bring your dog along, if he's well-behaved enough? It will give your dog some time outside, while you get to enjoy the show. You can even bring some snacks for you both (as long as their dog-friendly, of course).
11. Go Out To Dinner
When the weather gets warmer, restaurants expand their seats outside. If it's a dog-friendly place, you'll be able to bring your pup along if he or she is well-behaved enough. This is especially useful if you want to go out to eat but don't have plans with other people - your dog will always be up for a dinner date.
12. Practice Some Training
Training is always a good for your dog and it's especially great for his or her mental stimulation. As the weather gets warmer, why not take your training outside? It's the perfect way for you and your pup to spend time outside, while also allowing you to complete your tasks. Plus, you can even try agility training, since that has to be done outdoors where there's enough space.