10 Creative Summer Adventures You Should Have With Your Dog

Summer can be such an exciting time of year for everyone, but there are just some days when we sit back and wonder “what should we do today?” without a solution to our dilemma. Or maybe you feel guilty that you are having so much summer fun with your friends and family at the expense of leaving your dog home alone time after time. It is so fun to find dog-friendly things to do for the whole family! Seeing the excitement on your dog’s face when she realizes she gets to go along for the ride is worth all of the effort.

The Bark Post has published a list of 10 awesome summer activities that pet parents should do with their their dogs that will be fun for the whole family! Our favorite activities on the list include: paddle boarding, movies in the park, and biking. What are yours?

The Bark Post: 10 Creative Summer Adventures You Can Have With Your Dog

Playing in Leaves

I remember spending hours raking leaves as a kid. When I got older, and leaf blowers were invented, I spent less time but hated the job. Then the kids would play in the leaves, creating more work. But it was worth it to see how much fun they had. This dog takes the kids place having fun playing in leaves.

Preventing obesity starts with pet owners

Issues relating to what we eat are in many cases similar to concerns about what our pets eat.

“There definitely is a link,” says Dr. Karyl Hurley, director of Global Scientific Affairs for Mars Petcare, who helped organize the Waltham International Nutritional Sciences Symposium.

Similarly, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, just over half the dogs in America are overweight or obese, and about 60 percent of cats. The parallels to people include a long list of medical repercussions. Just one example is the sharp increase in diabetes among dogs and cats, according to the Banfield State of Pet Health 2011 Report. Read entire story…

There are several ways we can help our pets fight obesity. 50% of pets in the U.S. are overweight, and a lot of that comes from over-treating. One dog biscuit can have up to 50 calories, so the weight can really add up fast! Selecting the right treats is just as important as selecting the right pet food, especially for pets who need to lose weight.

To give your pet the healthiest snacks, look for treats that are:
- Low in calories- less than 10% of your pet’s diet
- Not table scraps, which are often high in fat and hard to digest
- Made with natural ingredients
- Made in the U.S.A. to ensure quality

A dog treadmill can give your dog a great workout regardless of weather or environment, allowing you to maintain a consistent exercise regimen. A treadmill provides increased muscle definition, toning, improved vitality, increased life span and can help curb destructive behavior or excess energy often associated with the lack of regular exercise. Dog treadmills provide a way for you to exercise your pet even when the weather is bad or it is inconvenient to take them out for a walk.