Every once in a while, you have to shake things up — and what better way to have a little summer fun than to dip your toe (or your paw) into the wet and maybe the wild. Remember when you were a kid and you took a trip to the lake? Or maybe you had a pool in the backyard or a sprinkler to run through? Well, water play is not just for people. Dogs love it too!
You just have to decide what type of activity is best for you and your pet. In addition to the exercise and outright fun that splashing around on a hot summer day offers, this is an experience that can be easily tailored to both the dog’s and the owner’s interests, energy level and abilities.
Where Can We Swim?
Living in the Denver area, there are many lakes and streams not far from the city where you and your buddy can take a break from the dog days of summer. In addition, both Cherry Creek and Chatfield state parks boast off-leash areas with acres and acres of open space, trails and water access. For those of you who love the outdoors, who love to explore and who would enjoy a special outing, this would make a great day trip. Make sure to check out this website for Colorado State Parks to learn about fees and rules and then pack up your best friend and get ready for a day to remember. And don’t forget to bring a favorite fetch toy that doggie can take in the water… AND towels… plenty of towels.
For some, the real fun might be found right in their own backyard. Did you know that the large pet stores stock doggie swimming pools? Yes they do! They are almost identical to the popular hard plastic kiddie pools, but your dog isn’t going to care where you get this tub of cool fun so just make sure that you find the proper size to easily accommodate your pup. Fill it and leave it in the yard so doggie can take a dip at any time or make the experience a novelty and only bring out the pool on weekends or on special afternoons.