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How to enjoy a summer 'staycation' with your dog

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

Going on vacation can be costly and stressful, especially if you plan on bringing your family pet. During the current global health crisis, many families are rethinking travel this summer.

With plenty of dog-friendly fun in your area, you don't need to stray far from home to enjoy your vacation with your dog included. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips to help you enjoy a fun "staycation" with your dog.

- Go to the beach. Research the dog-friendly beaches in your area and spend the day on the sand with your dog. Some dogs can be sensitive to the sun, so be sure to bring dog-friendly sunblock if necessary. Also, bring extra towels to dry them off after their swim and to cover the seats in your car for the ride home. Always be sure to have plenty of fresh water on hand for your dog as well.

- Picnic in the park. Look up the parks near your home and plan a picnic with your dog. Pack lunch for yourself and bring dog food and water for your four-legged friend. Don't forget to bring toys to play with him in the park. Remember to check the park's policy on pets before heading out.


- Have a barbecue. Invite your friends and their dogs over for a backyard barbecue. If it's hot outside, set up a kiddie pool or sprinklers for the dogs. You can also plan canine events, such as trick shows or agility competitions. Always be sure to have drinking water accessible to the dogs and a shaded area where they can retreat to cool off. You can make a special dog-safe treat for your pup, but be careful not to give him food off the barbecue. Food from the barbecue is often greasy and can upset your dog's stomach.

- Take a hike. Whether you have a forest, stretch of country road or a park near your home, a hike is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise with your dog. If you live in a city, urban trails can be just as fun. Always talk to your dog's veterinarian before hiking to make sure they are in good health. Remember to take water, a collapsible dog dish and snacks for along the way.

For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at

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