Summer fun with your furry friend

CAROLINE WAGNER
Outdoor Adventure Programming

Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure offers stand up paddleboarding and other water sports programs for you and your furry friends. Photo/Metro Parks staff

Summer is for animal lovers! Hitting the trail with your furry friend is a dream come true. Before you and your best friend head outdoors, check out these tips and tricks to stay safe in the parks and beat the summer heat:

  • Bring extra water for you and your pup and a collapsible bowl.
  • Check the temperature of any paved trails by touching it beforehand. If it’s too hot for your skin then it’s probably too hot for your dog’s paw pads.
  • Beat the midday heat with an early morning or nighttime adventure.
  • Keep Fido (and yourself!) cool with a wet towel. Pack several towels that you can wet and place on your dog to help them cool down.
  • Check your dog for ticks before leaving the park.
  • If you’re planning a longer trip in hot weather, plan to bring a cool vest. This will help regulate your dog’s temperature.
  • To keep your dog and wildlife safe, make sure to keep your dog leashed and on pet-friendly trails.
  • If you’re looking to try out a new water activity with your dog, keep their comfort level and swimming skills in mind. Life jackets are a great way to keep your pet safe if they fall off your kayak or paddleboard and most dog life jackets have a handle to make it easier to get them back on!

Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure is a great resource for outdoor recreation with your furry friends. Check out our dog-friendly programs, including dog hikes and stand up paddleboarding. Make sure your dog is prepared with good lake manners and a well-fitted life jacket! Cats are always welcomed to come as well.

2 thoughts on “Summer fun with your furry friend

  1. I didn’t know we could bring our dogs to Paddleboarding…. I leave George when working so I don’t like to leave him at home evenings
    I’ve never seen any articles on including dogs w/events.
    I’d like info on it please 😁

    1. Hi, Ellen. Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure hosts these events, so you can follow them on Facebook for program information. Thanks!

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