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Three fun family activities to do with your dog next summer

Dogs are easy pets to entertain all year round. But when summer comes and the kids are out of school, it can feel a little harder to find an activity for all to enjoy together. Luckily, no matter what you choose to do to keep the kids busy, there’s generally no one happier to be taken along for the ride than your family dog. 

In this guide, we’ll take a look at three fun family-friendly activities that you can do with your dog in tow.

Dog training

It might not sound too exciting at first, but taking your dog to a training session can be a lot more fun than you think. In fact, it’s a great chance for the entire family to get out together, and connect both with one another and the dog.

Often, a training session will present an opportunity for kids to learn about things like canine safety and body language cues, in a fun and enriching way. Not to mention, behavioural training can be a wonderful way to develop trust and strengthen the bond between dog and owner. 

This activity really is a win-win, as your kids will be fascinated with your dog’s ability to learn new tricks, and your dog will be more than happy to comply in exchange for treats.

Dog on a beach

Water activities

Once your dog’s been trained, it’s pretty easy to get them to sit still on a paddleboard or in a kayak. Or, if they prefer to be on the move, they can have plenty of fun swimming and splashing around in the ocean with the rest of the family.

Look out for dog-friendly beaches where your furry companion will be welcome. Often, these beaches will have a beach bar or two for the adults, which may also sell dog-friendly ice cream, often known as a “pup cup”. Of course, the kids will love this – and your dog will appreciate something to nibble on while the rest of the family treat themselves to lunch.

Travel

Having a dog should never hold you back from taking the trip of a lifetime, as they are generally easy to travel with and most will happily settle in new places. In addition to this, the majority of dog breeds can handle a substantial amount of walking, so you’re rarely limited in the places that you can explore as a family.

Just as it’s fulfilling to see your children explore new cultures, it’s fun to watch your dog enjoy new experiences, like digging in the sand for the first time or sniffing out an unusual creature that you don’t get back at home.

If overseas travel isn’t what you’re after this year, consider taking a camping trip a little closer to home, for an opportunity to unplug from everyday life and get closer to nature.

To sum up

As a beloved member of the family, your dog deserves lots of exciting and fun experiences – and summer is the perfect season for this. Take the opportunity to get stuck in, and explore new activities with all the family together.

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