Summer Fun with Dogs and Cats

Activities to Enjoy with Your Dog or Cat

Summer is the perfect time to create unforgettable memories with your pets. Whether you have a dog that loves adventure or a cat with a curious spirit, there are plenty of activities that can make the season enjoyable for both of you. 

From beach trips to garden games, let's dive into a variety of summer activities that will keep your dog or cat entertained and happy. 🌞🐶🐱

Margo and Tilly out for a forest walk
Margo (Longdog), with Tilly (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) ~ wearing Pipkin and Bella

Beach Day Adventures

Taking your pet to the beach can be a thrilling experience. The sun, sand, and sea provide a wonderful playground for dogs and an intriguing environment for adventurous cats.

For Dogs:

  • Swimming: Many dogs love to swim. Bring along a floating toy to encourage your dog to splash around and cool off in the water.
  • Fetch: Playing fetch on the beach is even more fun. The soft sand is easy on their paws, and the waves add an extra layer of excitement.
  • Digging: Allow your dog to indulge in some digging. Create a game by burying a toy or treat in the sand for them to find.

For Cats:

  • Safe Exploration: Use a secure, adjustable harness and leash to let your cat explore the beach safely. The new sights, sounds, and smells will stimulate their senses.
  • Shaded Relaxation: Set up a beach tent or umbrella to create a shaded spot for your cat. Bring along their favourite blanket or bed to make them feel comfortable.

 Safety Tips:

  • Always provide fresh water to prevent dehydration.
  • Apply pet-safe sunscreen to areas with less fur, like the nose and ears.
  • Ensure your pet is never left unattended, especially near water.

Hiking and Nature Trails

Exploring nature trails is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise.

For Dogs:

  • Lead Training: Make sure your dog is comfortable on a lead and well-behaved around other hikers and wildlife.
  • Pack Essentials: Carry a pet first aid kit, water, collapsible bowl, and some treats. A dog backpack can help carry their essentials.
  • Choose the Right Trail: Opt for dog-friendly trails that are not too challenging and have shaded areas.

 For Cats:

  • Harness Training: Gradually get your cat accustomed to wearing a harness and walking on a lead before heading out.
  • Calm Environment: Select quiet trails with minimal traffic to avoid overwhelming your cat.
  • Safety First: Always carry your cat’s favourite carrier in case they need a break or feel anxious.

Garden Fun and Games

Your garden can be transformed into a fun-filled playground for your pets.

For Dogs:

  • Obstacle Course: Set up an obstacle course using household items like hula hoops, cones, and tunnels. It’s a great way to exercise and mentally stimulate your dog.
  • Water Play: A kiddie pool or sprinkler can provide hours of fun and help your dog cool off.
  • Treasure Hunt: Hide treats or toys around the yard and let your dog use their nose to find them.

 For Cats:

  • Outdoor Cat Enclosure: An outdoor catio or playpen allows your cat to enjoy the fresh air safely.
  • Interactive Toys: Place puzzle feeders or battery-operated toys in the enclosure to keep your cat entertained.
  • Bird Watching: Set up a bird feeder nearby. Your cat will love watching the birds, providing mental stimulation.

Picnic in the Park

A picnic in the park is a relaxing way to spend quality time with your pet.

For Dogs:

  • Picnic Blanket: Bring a large blanket for you and your dog to lounge on.
  • Dog-Friendly Snacks: Pack a picnic basket with dog-friendly treats and plenty of water.
  • Playtime: Bring along their favourite toys for a game of fetch or tug-of-war.

 For Cats:

  • Secure Area: Use a portable cat tent or stroller to keep your cat safe while enjoying the outdoors.
  • Favourite Toys: Bring toys and treats to keep your cat entertained.
  • Gentle Environment: Choose a quiet park with shaded areas to prevent your cat from feeling stressed.

Camping Trips

Camping is a fantastic way to bond with your pet and enjoy the great outdoors.

For Dogs:

  • Pet-Friendly Campsites: Ensure the campsite allows pets and has pet-friendly amenities.
  • Camping Gear: Bring a pet tent or bed, a sturdy lead, and plenty of food and water.
  • Activities: Plan activities like hiking, swimming, or just exploring the campsite together.

 For Cats:

  • Cat Tent or Playpen: Set up a secure area where your cat can relax and explore safely.
  • Comfort Items: Bring familiar items like their bed, toys, and a portable litter box.

Short Excursions: Allow your cat to explore the campsite on a lead for short periods to avoid overstimulation

Visiting Pet-Friendly Cafés and Markets

Exploring local pet-friendly cafés and farmers' markets can be a delightful summer activity.

For Dogs:

  • Socialising: Cafés and markets are great places for your dog to socialise with other pets and people.
  • Dog-Friendly Menu: Some cafés offer special menus for dogs. Treat your pup to a puppuccino or doggie biscuit.
  • Lead Etiquette: Ensure your dog is comfortable around crowds and on a lead.

 For Cats:

  • Calm Environments: Some cafés and markets are quieter and more suitable for cats. Use a pet stroller or carrier for their safety.
  • Short Visits: Keep outings short to avoid overwhelming your cat.

Water Sports and Activities

For water-loving pets, there are plenty of aquatic activities to enjoy.

For Dogs:

  • Kayaking or Canoeing: Many dogs enjoy sitting in a kayak or canoe. Ensure they wear a life jacket for safety.
  • Paddleboarding: Larger, stable paddleboards can accommodate a dog, making for a fun shared activity.
  • Dock Diving: If your dog loves to jump and swim, dock diving can be an exciting activity.

 For Cats:

  • Water Play: Some cats enjoy playing with water. A shallow kiddie pool with floating toys can be a fun way to introduce them to water.
  • Supervised Dips: For adventurous cats, supervised dips in a shallow pool can be a unique experience. Always ensure their safety and comfort.

Training and Agility Classes

Summer is an excellent time to enrol in training or agility classes, enhancing your pet’s skills and fitness.

For Dogs:

  • Agility Training: Enrol in agility classes to improve your dog’s coordination, speed, and obedience.
  • Obedience Classes: Strengthen your dog’s basic commands and behaviour with professional training.

 For Cats:

  • Clicker Training: Clicker training is a great way to teach your cat tricks and commands.
  • Agility Courses: Some facilities offer agility courses designed for cats, providing both physical and mental stimulation.

DIY Pet Treats and Ice Cream

Homemade treats are a fun and rewarding way to pamper your pet during the summer.

For Dogs:

  • Frozen Treats: Make frozen treats using plain yoghurt, peanut butter, and fruits. 
  • Dog Ice Cream: Many recipes online can guide you in making dog-friendly ice cream using safe ingredients.

 For Cats:

  • Frozen Tuna Cubes: Freeze tuna water or broth in ice cube trays for a refreshing treat.
  • Homemade Cat Treats: Bake simple treats using ingredients like chicken, salmon, or catnip.

Pet Photoshoots

Capture the joy of summer with a fun photoshoot featuring your pet.

For Dogs and Cats:

  • Themed Outfits: Dress your pet in summer-themed outfits or accessories like bandanas.
  • Scenic Locations: Choose beautiful outdoor locations like parks, gardens, or beaches for stunning backdrops.
  • Professional Photos: Hire a pet photographer for high-quality pictures or set up a DIY photoshoot at home.


Summer offers countless opportunities for creating wonderful memories with your dog or cat. Whether you’re exploring nature, enjoying water activities, or simply relaxing at home, there are endless ways to keep your pet entertained and happy. 

Remember to always prioritise your pet’s safety and comfort, ensuring they stay hydrated, cool, and protected from the sun.

At Pipkin and Bella, we’re passionate about helping you make the most of your time with your furry friends. So, grab your gear, plan your activities, and get ready for an amazing summer filled with fun and adventure! 🌞🐾

Happy summer adventures! 🚀🌻

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