6 Ways to Ensure Your Dog Has an Absolute Blast During the Summer


Summer is a great time for new adventures with your dogs in the great outdoors — and in your own backyards. The long, sunny days are perfect for long walks, spending the day at a dog beach, lounging by the garden, meeting new friends at the dog park … the possibilities are endless.

Here are some tips and gear for giving your dogs the best summer of their lives — and having a blast while you do.

1. Turn Your Dog Into an Internet Star

Your dog is on the verge of celebradog stardom. Seriously. All you need for those perfect snaps is the Woofie. Attach the Woofie to your cell phone, tablet or computer, and add your dog’s favorite treat to the holder. Hold your cell phone up, and snap! Your dog will look directly at the camera — or rather at the treat clipped above the camera — for perfect selfies every time. Your pup is on her way to becoming the next Canine-dashian! Available in Glamor Green, Slay Gray, and Posh Pink.

Price: $12

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2. Take Your Dog on a Hike

Summer is a great time for hiking, especially along cool, shaded forest paths. Just take every precaution to keep your dog safe. Protect your dog from bugs, summer allergies, keep them hydrated and make sure your dog stays close. It’s easy to lose a dog if they run after a squirrel, so keep them attached with the hands-free Quantum Leash by Kurgo. It converts into six different styles including one that attaches to your waist or over your shoulder. Available in six colors.

Price $25

3. Throw Your Dog a Frisbee

Most dogs love the challenge of a Frisbee game. Now you and your dog can play under the stars, thanks to West Paw’s Zisc Glow-in-the-Dark Frisbee. It’s durable yet easy on the teeth, pliable and flies through the air (with the greatest of ease). The soft, rubbery material also makes it perfect for a game of tug-o-war. For night (h)owls, hold it under a light, and it will glow in the dark. Available in small and large.4.

Price: $17/$20

4. Is it Safe to Go in the Water?


Turn your dog into a shark with the SwimWays Sea Squirts dog life jacket. Great for the pool, it has an excellent floatation device under the neckline that will keep your dog’s head out of the water. Straps secure the vest around the belly and under the neck. It has a handle on the back to pull your dog out of the water along with a pliable dorsal fin to turn your pup into a Great White. Available in small and medium for dogs 20 to 50 pounds.

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Price: $26.99

5. Get Your Dog a Second Home

We all need a summer home. For Fido, the Nooee Pet’s Ultimate Dog Teepee will give your dog some shade outdoors or a cool summer pad for lounging indoors. The marine blue, 100 percent cotton fabric has a chevron pattern for style-conscious canines, while inside, there’s a plush cushion for ultimate comfort that is removable for machine washing. The teepee poles are solid pine. Made for dogs 25 pounds and under.

Price: $89

6. Lions and Tigers and … Coyotes

If you live in a region with frequent coyote, bobcat or hawk intrusions, the CoyoteVest will keep your small to medium-sized dog safe. It will even repel other dog bites. It protects the dog’s neck and back with rows of spikes, and you can get a set of  CoyoteWhiskers that attach to the back and act as a great deterrent to any creature that tries to take a bite out of your best friend. The vest is made of Kevlar® reinforced ballistic nylon body armor, yet it’s comfortable to wear, water-repellent and rust proof. It also looks incredibly cool. Available in seven sizes.

Price: $69.95 to $99.95

Related: Beat the Heat: Here Are the Top Cooling Mats for Your Dog



By Jillian Blume

Jillian Blume is a New York City–based writer whose feature articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and websites including the New York Observer, Marie Claire, Self, City Realty, the ASPCA,, Best Friends Animal Society, The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, The Pet Gazette, and many others.

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