Summer is almost upon us. Get yourself and your dog ready for summertime fun!
Annual Checkup: First, lets start out with some, not so fun, but very important medical care. Summer time means spending more time outside, which means your buddy will be coming into contact with fleas, ticks and other parasites. This is a great time to shake off those winter blues. Take a trip to the vet for an annual checkup and discuss methods for preventing those biting creatures. Most people get regular health checkups, so should your fur friend. A healthy pup is a happy pup.
Spa days: After the visit to the vet, schedule some spring cleaning. Shredding increases in the springtime as our friends lose their winter coats. Removing dead hair and dandruff will leave your buddy looking and feeling great, along with keeping them from getting overheated, add a washing, nail trim and clean ears and your fur friend will be ready to join in summertime fun and excitement.
Taking pictures: Now that you fur friend is looking and feeling great, capture the look and those precious memories with your buddy. Who doesn’t love pictures of dogs and cats? Everyone takes selfies, so get creative with your fur friend. Get some action shots of your pup: running, hiking or catching a treat., Try different angles or maybe take photos from your dog’s point of view. Sometimes your buddy might be having an off day, even Cindy Crawford had them so be patience and have treats, then hashtag away!
Pick up a hobby together: The list of actives you can do with your dogs are endless; running, biking, flyball, SUP, yoga and just exploring your town. The best part is they never complain or cancel on you last-minute. The two of you can release energy, have fun and strengthen the bond. Even training is a great way to bond with your friend. This can also ensure your dog will respond and remember commands when asked. Find a safe location and refresh or learn some new commands. Remember you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Go Shopping: Shopping with a friend is way more fun. Sometimes you just need your best friend’s opinion on those jeans, that lamp or window treatment. Finally, you can bring your friend into the store for that second opinion and the best part, they won’t judge you. There are many national chains that allow dogs, and the list is growing all the time. A quick internet search can provide dog friendly stores in your area. Just watch your friends wagging tail with those plates and glasses while in Pottery Barn. Yes, most Pottery Barns are pet friendly.
Vacations: Much like us, your buddy can go “stir crazy” when kept in one environment for too long, so hit the road. Spending vacation time with your friend is what memories are made of. No matter if your idea of relaxation is camping or a four-star hotel stay there is a vacation for everybody and every dog. Before you pack up your buddy know the difference between a place that simply allows pets and one that is truly pet-friendly. The best part of taking your friend will be meeting and talking to other dog-loving strangers who otherwise might have just passed right by you.
Take me out to the ball park: The boys of summer and back and they love dogs.” Bark in the Park” and “Dog Days of Summer” events are now on the schedule for more than a dozen MLB, minor league and even college teams. Freebies, parades and supporting local animal organizes make going to the ballpark a home run for the entire family.
Drinks on the patio: What better way to relax on a summer afternoon than relaxing on a patio with your friend? Find a dog friendly sidewalk cafe, brew pub, coffee shop, or restaurant patio. Sit back, order a drink and a large bowl of cold water and watch the world for a lazy hour or two.