Summer is the best. The days are longer, the air is warmer and there are countless opportunities to have fun in the sun with your four-legged friend. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make the most of the season while keeping cool with your dog.

  1. Take a hike. Pack a picnic and hit the trail. Choose a path that’s heavily shaded to keep your pup from overheating, and make sure to carry plenty of water for breaks along the way.

  2. Make a splash. Head to a local lake or river with a towel and tennis ball in hand. Landlocked? A garden hose makes for a great backup plan.

  3. Go for a joy ride. Turn on some tunes, roll down the windows and feel the wind in your hair with your pooch by your side.

  4. Savor the sunset. Take advantage of more tolerable temps by enjoying long walks with your dog in the evening hours. A stroll through the neighborhood or park could be just what you (and your furry pal) need to wind-down before bedtime.

  5. Treat his taste buds. Make pup-friendly popsicles. (Pro tip: Feed them to Fido outdoors to avoid a ferocious mess.)

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