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The 2020 Guide for a Great Summer With Your Dog

Posted on July 20 2020

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Here at Rover, we take summer seriously. We’re based in Seattle, Washington, where it’s dark and dreary for all of winter (and most of spring), so when June rolls around we’re more than ready to get outside and enjoy the nice weather with our dogs. From hiking in the mountains to swimming at the beach to barbecuing in the backyard, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the dog days of summer with the pets you love the most.

To help us all gear up for a season of fun with our canine companions, we’ve created a helpful guide of the season’s essentials and tips on water playtime, outdoor adventures, summery outfits, and hot weather recipes. So have fun with your doggo, stay safe, and let the sunshine adventures begin!

The Dog Days of Summer Guide: Water Fun and Safety

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Nothing beats jumping in the water on a hot day! A refreshing dip is a quintessential summer activity that your dog is sure to appreciate. Whether you’re looking to play a splashy game of fetch with floatable toys like the Chuckit! Paraflight Flyer at the pool, or on the hunt for a life jacket, such as the Kurgo Surf n’ Turf for your next boating adventure, check out our articles on the best products for pool time and how to safely introduce your dog to the joys of being in the water.

The Dog Days of Summer Guide: Outdoor Recreation Activities

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The return of summer means it’s time to explore the great outdoors and bond over lots of fun activities with your best furry bud. Pop Ruffwear Grip Trex hiking booties on your pup’s paws while you discover new trails together. Planning a camping trip? Be sure to pack a sleeping bag for your dog, such as the Hurtta Outback Dreamer, along with your own.

Read up on summer outdoor tips and items to get the most out of the outdoors for you and your dog.

The Dog Days of Summer Guide: Warm Weather Outfits and Accessories

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You know what a new season means? New outfits! And there’s so many fun ways to dress up for summer—not to mention all the super cute accessories. Keeping your pooch cool and protected is top priority, but that doesn’t mean he can’t also look like the hippest dog on the beach. Keep him comfy on a hot day with a cooling vest like this one from Canada Pooch. For sunny outings, pop on a pair of Doggles Dog Goggles to protect his peepers.

Browse our picks for all your doggy summer outfitting needs below.

The Dog Days of Summer Guide: Summertime Foods and Recipes

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What’s better than a yummy summertime cookout? Nothing, that’s what! Veggies, grilled meat, a bottle of brew, and icy treats are all part of the culinary joys of the season. Crack open a Pet Winery BarkBrew All-Natural Dog Beer for your dog to enjoy while they patiently wait for goodies from the grill. Looking for a plant-based option? Treat your dog to a healthy and delicious snack, such as Wholesome Pride Pet Treats Banana Bites.