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Fun in the sun: 11 great summer activities to do with your dog

We all spend the winter and spring waiting patiently for summer to come. So when it's finally warm and the sun is shining, it's time to get outside and have some fun.

Whether you're looking to explore nature, chow down on some tasty treats or splish and splash your hearts out, here are some awesome activities you and your dog can do together this summer. 

  1. Hit the beach
    There are heaps of dog-friendly beaches along Australia's coast where you and your dog can cool off on a hot summer’s day. Just make sure you know the ins and outs of keeping your dog safe at the beach. Be sure to dry inside their ears after a swim.
  2. Hit the trail
    We're lucky to have plenty of incredible hiking trails, reserves and mountains throughout much of Australia. And if you live in one of our great capital cities, you're never far from a dog-friendly bushwalk.
    • If you're in Sydney, head on over to Twin Creeks Reserve, where you can find a variety of trails suitable for taking your pet.
    • Brisbane and its surrounding areas also offer a wide range of great options for you and your dog. Check out Toohey Forest Park, Samford Conservation Park and Mt Coot-tha.
    • Melbourne's Mt Disappointment State Forest is just a short drive from the city and has plenty of natural beauty to explore with your canine.
    Ensure your dog’s tick preventative medication is up to date and make sure you check them for ticks daily for a week or two after visiting the bushy areas. Also make sure you keep your dog on a leash and look out for snakes.
  3. Cool off at a doggy-friendly pool
    Take doggy paddling to another level by letting your dog hop in for a swim. Sydney Park in the NSW capital is home to a dog-friendly pool. It's excellent for cooling off your canine after exploring the huge park's winding network of trails and wide open green spaces.
    In Brisbane, head to Aquapaws for an indoor swimming spot where your dog can play all day long.
    Swimming is great exercise for dogs - just be sure to dry inside the ears afterwards.
  4. Pack a picnic for the dog park
    You might have your favourite local down the road where you like to take your dog to meet their best mates. Or perhaps you like to pop around town checking out the different dog parks nearby. Whatever the case, pack up your picnic basket for a nice little lunch next time you head out.
  5. Make some yummy frozen summer treats
    How good's an icy pole or other frozen treat when the temp rises? Well, chances are your dog can appreciate the cooling comfort of something cold and tasty when it's toasty outside. Make some doggy frozen treats by blending up some bananas and a small amount of dog-friendly Greek yoghurt  - spread it over a Lick Mat and place in the freezer until set. You can freeze a Lick Mat filled with any of their favourite recipes.
  6. Uncover some farmers' market finds
    Spend your Saturday or Sunday morning wandering through a farmers’ market, grabbing a quick breakfast and getting some fresh produce? Many markets let you bring your dog along for the visit (as long as they are on a leash), and there are often vendors selling dog treats and nibbles.
  7. Dine with your dog
    Cafes, restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating will often be happy to let your pet join you while you eat or grab a drink. Bring your dog’s bowl and some treats (and even their favourite sitting pillow) so they can enjoy a tasty snack while you tuck into your meal. You can enjoy some exercise together via a stroll there and back, and you might even be able to grab your pet a puppuccino or a water bowl for your dog when you take your seat.
  8. Make tracks for camp
    Summer is a great time to take a break from the hustle and bustle and head into nature for a little camping trip with your dog. There are plenty of dog-friendly campsites out there, whether you prefer to sleep in a cabin, trailer or swag. Just remember ticks and snakes are a major danger in the summer, so make sure to consult your vet for tick prevention tips. If your dog encounters a snake, contact your nearest veterinary emergency hospital for advice.
  9. Enjoy a sunset evening stroll
    Whether down your street, around the neighbourhood along the promenade, Aussie summer sunsets are simply incredible. Make the most of them by taking your dog for a walk at dusk. It's also much cooler in the evening so it will reduce the risk of heat stroke. Look into getting a reflective leash to keep you and your pet safer when the sun's going down.
  10. Grab a drink – for you both
    Did you know many vineyards and breweries welcome dogs on their grassy grounds? That means you can enjoy a glass of wine or a pint with your favourite furry friend next to you. Just call ahead to make sure your pet is welcome.
The summer time is a great time to get out and about with your pet. What are some of your must-do summer activities with your dog?
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