Long weekend activities to enjoy with your dog

by | General Pet Care |

Looking for some fun activities that will keep your kids and your furry family members entertained this long weekend?  Today we’re sharing five fun summer activities to enjoy with dogs over the long weekend and all summer long!

DIY Summer Toys

In our blog post, Summer DIY Pet Toys, we share a couple of tried-and-true DIY dog toys that your furry friend will love, and you’ll love to make. 

To make a braided rope toy, all you have to do is take an old T-shirt, or a few, and cut your fabric into three long strips. Braid all the way down, knotting on both ends. You can also use two strips of extra fabric to tie around both ends of the toy to secure your braid. It’s as easy as that! Then you can start playing!

Splish Splash

Check out your community pool’s schedule, as some pools host pet-friendly nights so your furry friends can take a dip. If you don’t have a community pool near you, fill up an inexpensive children’s pool halfway with cool water and let your kids and pup splash around. 

For some additional fun, submerge dog toys and encourage your pup to retrieve them. 

Don’t forget to always supervise your children and companion animals and ensure they have adequate breaks in the shade to rest and relax while playing outdoors.

Make Frozen Treats

Who doesn’t crave a cool treat on a warm summer day? Why should your pet miss out? 

Try making the ASPCA’s quick and easy “pupsicles” recipe for your pooch. 

Ingredients: 

  • Plain yogurt (be sure to check the label to ensure that yogurt doesn’t contain xylitol.) 
  • Banana 
  • Peanut Butter 

Blend equal parts of all three ingredients. Then, pour the mixture into 3 oz. plastic paper cups, filling them ¾ full. Instead of using traditional wooden popsicle sticks, use nylon bones to reduce the chances of choking or obstruction, and put one bone in each cup. Freeze for three hours and voila! 

Pro-tip: Your pup might appreciate it if you let the pupsicle melt slightly before serving.

Dine Al Fresco

Whether you have a barbecue at home, pack a picnic, or head out to a pet-friendly restaurant, summer is a great time to take advantage of outdoor dining. 

Many restaurants that accommodate dogs will bring your pooch a bowl of water, and some even have doggie menus! Make sure to do some research to find the right spot for your crew. 

Kids and pups will entertain each other while they wait for their meals!

Run through the sprinklers

Turn on the hose and set up the sprinkler. It’s a great way for furry friends and kids to cool off together and get some exercise while they laugh the afternoon away under the sprinkler. 

Now, get outside and enjoy the sun with your kids and furry friends! 

Bonus: Keep furry friends safe!! 

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