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  • Writer's pictureLiz Harmon

Outdoor Games to Enjoy This Summer

Summer is the perfect season to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with your furry friend! Engaging in outdoor games not only keeps your dog physically active but also provides mental stimulation and strengthens your bond. From classic favorites to creative new ideas, here are some fun outdoor games to play with your dog this summer.

1. Fetch with a Twist

Fetch is a classic game that most dogs love, but you can add a fun twist to keep it interesting. Try using different types of toys, such as frisbees, balls, or even a soft toy. For an extra challenge, play fetch on a beach or in a shallow lake where your dog has to swim to retrieve the toy.

2. Tug-of-War

Tug-of-war is a great game for building your dog's strength and giving them a satisfying physical outlet. Use a sturdy rope or tug toy, and remember to play safely by letting your dog win occasionally to keep the game fun and prevent frustration.

3. Hide and Seek

Engage your dog's natural hunting instincts with a game of hide and seek. Start by hiding in an easy-to-find spot and call your dog's name. Reward them with treats and praise when they find you. As your dog gets better at the game, make the hiding spots more challenging.

4. Agility Course

Set up a simple agility course in your backyard using items you have at home. Use chairs, broomsticks, and hula hoops to create jumps, tunnels, and weave poles. Guide your dog through the course with treats and praise, and gradually increase the difficulty.

5. Water Games

If your dog loves water, take advantage of the summer heat with some fun water games. Set up a kiddie pool in your yard and let your dog splash around. You can also use a hose or sprinkler for a refreshing game of chase. For dogs who enjoy swimming, visit a dog-friendly beach or lake for a day of water fetch and swimming.

6. Soccer

Teach your dog to play soccer by using a soft, dog-friendly soccer ball. Encourage your dog to push the ball with their nose or paws, and practice passing the ball back and forth. This game is great for exercise and helps improve your dog's coordination.

7. Bubble Chase

Blow dog-safe bubbles and watch your pup chase and pop them. This simple game provides lots of entertainment and exercise. Look for bubbles specifically made for dogs, as regular bubbles can be harmful if ingested.

8. Obstacle Course

Create an obstacle course using everyday items like chairs, cones, and boxes. Encourage your dog to jump over, crawl under, and navigate around the obstacles. Use treats and praise to guide them through the course, making it a fun and rewarding experience.

9. Scent Work

Tap into your dog's incredible sense of smell with a scent work game. Hide treats or favorite toys around the yard and encourage your dog to find them. Start with easy hiding spots and gradually increase the difficulty as your dog gets better at the game.

10. Frisbee

Playing Frisbee is a fantastic way to exercise your dog and improve their catching skills. Use a dog-friendly Frisbee made of soft material to avoid injuring your dog's mouth.

Playing outdoor games with your dog this summer is a wonderful way to keep them active, entertained, and happy. So, grab your favorite toys, head outside, and enjoy some quality time with your furry friend under the summer sun!


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