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12 Indoor And Outdoor Dog Summer Activities: The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun with Your Dog

by | 5 December 2023

Hello, #OhCrapFamily! As the sun graces us with its warm embrace, it’s time to leap into the joyous summer season with our four-legged companions. Picture this: clear blue skies, the sun’s gentle kiss on your skin, and your furry friend’s tail wagging with pure excitement. Summer is not just about beating the heat; it’s about creating unforgettable moments with your pup under the sun!

Summer opens up a world of outdoor and indoor adventures you and your pooch can enjoy together. Whether you’re soaking up the sun at the beach or finding fun at home, this season is all about making tail-wagging memories. Remember, it’s not just about keeping your dog cool; it’s about embracing the joy and excitement that summer brings!

We’re here to guide you through a treasure trove of activities that will keep your dog’s tail wagging and your heart full. From beach outings to indoor games, this blog will be your roadmap to a summer filled with canine fun. So, let’s unleash the excitement and dive into the ultimate list of summer activities for you and your dog!

Outdoor Dog Summer Activities: Basking in Sun and Fun

Beach Outings and Sandy Adventures

Picture of @chase_me_corgi with Oh Crap dog poop bag on beach with a stunning sunset behind

Hit the beach for a classic summer day. Whether it’s playing fetch by the waves or just soaking up the sun, beach outings are perfect for some salty fun. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, a shady spot to rest, and your Oh Crap compostable dog poop bags for any beachside business.

For a complete list of what to pack when you are going to the beach with your furry friend, check out our dog beach day out checklist. 

Camping and Wilderness Explorations

Plan a dog-friendly camping trip and immerse yourselves in nature. This is a fantastic way to bond and allows your dog to explore new sights, smells, and sounds. Ensure your camping spot is safe for dogs, and pack all essentials, including a leash, food, water, and a comfortable place for your dog to sleep.

Hiking: Trails and Tails

Explore hiking trails suited for dogs. Ensure the trails are not too strenuous for your furry friend, and remember to bring water, snacks, and a first-aid kit. Keep an eye out for wildlife and ensure your dog stays on the trail to protect the environment and your pup. While many trails around Australia do not allow dogs or require your dog to remain on the lead, there are also some dog-friendly hikes too. 

Paddleboarding: Making Waves Together

Dog paddleboarding with owner
Dog paddleboarding with owner. Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Paddleboarding can be a thrilling water activity for dogs who love water. Start in calm waters, and make sure your dog wears a life jacket. It’s an excellent way for both of you to enjoy the water and get some exercise.

Dog Park Playdates: Social Paws

Picture of @milkshakeandnugget from Instagram with Oh Crap Dog Poop Bags

Organise playdates at your local dog park. It’s a great opportunity for socialisation and exercise. Watch out for signs of overheating, and always have fresh water available.

Road Trips: Adventures on the Go

Dog in passenger seat looking at owner
Dog in the passenger seat looking at owner. Image by Stafford GREEN from Pixabay

Embark on a dog-friendly road trip. Plan your stops for dog-friendly locations and ensure your dog is safely secured in the vehicle. Bring water, food, and toys to keep your dog comfortable and entertained during the journey.

Remember, never leave your dog in the car. Even when the temperature is just 23°C outside, your car will get to 43°C in just 30 minutes. And on a pleasant Aussie summer day when it’s 32°C, your car will be 43°C in just 10 minutes. So, leaving your furry friend in the car, even just to pick up some food for the BBQ on the way home, could boil your furry friend.

You can learn more about how to keep your dog cool over the summer here.  

Pool Party: Splashing Around

If you have access to a dog-friendly pool, let your pooch have a swim. Always supervise swimming sessions, and consider a dog life jacket for extra safety.

Morning or Evening Strolls: Sunrise & Sunset Companionship

Enjoy the cooler temperatures with early morning and evening walks. It’s a serene way to start and end the day and an excellent opportunity for your dog to explore in a more relaxed environment.

Indoor Dog Summer Activities: Cool Fun at Home

Interactive Play: Engaging the Mind

Dog's playing chess
Dog’s playing chess. Image by Julius H. from Pixabay

Set up indoor play areas with puzzle toys and engaging activities. These games stimulate your dog mentally and are perfect for hot days when outdoor activities are limited.

Homemade Frozen Treats: Delicious Cool-Downs

Make your own dog-friendly frozen treats. Use ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter, and fruits that are safe for dogs. These treats are a tasty way to keep your dog cool.

Doggie Spa: Relax and Refresh

Cartoon of a dog in the bath
Dog bathing. Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Give your dog a cool bath or set up a cooling mat for relaxation. It’s a soothing way to help them beat the heat and enjoy some pampering.

Training Sessions: Learning and Bonding

Utilise indoor time for training sessions. This not only helps in behavioural development but also strengthens the bond between you and your dog.

FAQs: Summer Fun and Safety for Your Dog

How do I entertain my dog in the summer?

Keep your dog entertained with a mix of outdoor and indoor activities. From swimming and hiking to indoor puzzle games and training sessions, the key is to vary the activities to keep them engaging and fun.

How do you keep your dog cool on hot Aussie summer days?

Ensure your dog has access to cool, shaded areas plenty of fresh water, and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. For more detailed tips, check out our full article on keeping your dog cool in the heat.

What to do if your dog gets too hot?

If your dog shows signs of overheating, immediately move them to a cooler area, offer fresh water, and cool them down

with wet towels. Avoid ice-cold water or ice, as this can shock their system. If symptoms persist, seek veterinary care immediately.

Conclusion: A Summer to Remember with Your Furry Friend

Whether you’re out exploring new trails or keeping it cool indoors, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the summer with your dog. These activities are not just about fun; they’re about creating lasting memories and strengthening the bond you share with your four-legged pal.

Remember, safety is key. Always consider the temperature and your dog’s needs when planning activities. Keep them hydrated, cool, and protected from the sun. With these tips, you’re all set for a summer filled with joy and wagging tails.

Now, it’s your turn to share. What are your favourite summer activities with your dog? Any cool stories or tips to share? Drop a comment below or share your moments on social media using #OhCrapFamily, and we’ll feature you and your furry friend in our next run-down of activities to do with your dog in summer. Let’s spread the summer fun and keep our furry friends happy and safe in the sun!

<a href="" target="_self">Henry Reith</a>

Henry Reith

Henry is proud to be one of the crapologists at Oh Crap, and specialises in crap jokes & sharing paw-some content.

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