Precious Chihuahua looking super cool wearing sunglasses and a bright pink Hawaiian Dog Shirt.

Hot Pup Summer

Summertime is funnertime for everyone! And in a year where we are all finally able to get out of our houses and back into the world after being cooped up for so long, this season looks to be an epic one.

But it doesn't just have to be fun for you and your human companions; your furry ones need a break too! That’s why we, your go-to provider for dog clothing and fashionable pet apparel, wanted to share some fun activities for you and your canine comrade this time of the year.

No matter the event, we have exactly what you need for your pup to be the star of the show. We offer:

  • Puppy clothes
  • Large dog clothes
  • Designer dog clothes
  • Small dog clothes
  • Custom dog clothes (collars can be personalized with your pup's name)

Regardless of where you are going or what you are doing, be sure to check out our dog clothes online to make sure your little buddy is properly attired for whatever event or activity you choose.

Take in a Few Sights

Cute Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever enjoying the summer sun on his face while traveling shotgun in a car.
A little sun and the open road is all you need this summer.

Why not play tourist in your own hometown or take a road trip and do it somewhere else? This land is filled with all types of incredible activities for out-of-towners or lifelong residents.

Outdoor monuments, historic sites, and all kinds of points of interest exist in every larger city and many smaller towns.

You could take a guided tour, stroll through a historic district on your own, or any number of other fun activities. Don’t forget our Summer Dog Tank Top. Your furry buddy will be the dog fashion icon of the day!

Adorable frenchie wearing Watermelon Summer Dog Tank Top from online clothing dog store they made me wear it.

Deliciously Sweet

Summer Dog Tank Top

Lightweight, breathable and features elastic bands making it easy to take off and on. Available in 3 fun prints: Pineapple, Cactus and Watermelon.

Splash Around on Dog Swim Day

Happy Corgi runs through the bright blue water with his tongue sticking out.
Everything is better in the water

Why not indulge your pup in a little water fun to cool off? Dog swim days are days where local public pools close to people and open to pooches. It is usually only once or twice a year, and you may have to do a little searching, but they are out there. A lot of these events will include all kinds of fun and games, such as:

  • Pool fetch
  • Water tug
  • Keep away
  • Water Frisbee
  • Bobbing for treats

There may be a small fee associated with this type of event. It is usually to benefit a local animal shelter or rescue service.

...Or In a Kiddie or Doggie Pool

If you can’t find a local doggy swim day, or you want to enjoy it more than once or twice a year, just spring for a collapsible dog pool that doubles as a bathtub.

Your pooch can splash, swim, and flop around in the water until their heart is content, all from the privacy of your own home. And if you want to make it a social event, invite other dog parents that you know.

Hit the Open Trail

This isn’t just fun, it’s also a great way for you and your dog to stay fit together. They live for getting out in nature and sniffing and tracking all kinds of little critters! And while you are watching them have fun out in their ancestral stomping grounds, you’ll be getting exercise without even realizing it.

There are numerous wooded areas and trails in every type of region across the country. Just make sure you choose a pet-friendly one and bring along our Dog Cooling Vest (available for small and larger dogs).

Adorable Corgi sticking his tongue out wearing THE LATEST Dog Cooling Vest in Iridescent Gray from online dog clothing store they made me wear it.

Cool and Calm

Dog Cooling Vest

Composed of three layers of cold sense fabric with different functions to keep your pup warm when it's dry and quickly cool them down when it's hot.

Catch an Outdoor Show

French bulldog running outdoor with his tongue sticking out.
Move it coming through, I'm late for the show!

There are all kinds of outdoor film nights offered all over the place, especially during the summer. This is also a great choice because they are usually done in the evening or after dark when the temps are cooling down.

Places like Chicago’s Grant Park, NYC’s Bryant Park, and several parks in the San Francisco Bay area all offer these types of activities. Not only that, but concerts in the park are also a great option.

All you need is a blanket, a few snacks (and treats), and make sure that you and your furbaby have plenty of water. Just be sure that they are pet-friendly events before you plan a whole day around it.

Additionally, there are several doggy-approved drive-in movie theaters across the country as well, including:

There are literally hundreds of more drive-ins available throughout the U.S. and Canada where the entire family, including the furry ones, can attend.

Take a Few Shots With Your Pooch

Cocker Spaniel in the viewfinder of a Canon DSLR camera.
Happiness running up stream

Why not have a photoshoot with your pup now, and when the holiday season rolls around you can have a Christmas-in-July-themed card send-out? Your family and friends will get a kick out of you and your little buddy in our summer gear.

Pick a familiar spot, bring along a few toys or other props and let your canine shine for the camera. You could also have an exciting shoot with our Princess Tulle Lace Dog Dress or a more elegant shoot with our Lovely Sunflower Dog Dress with Pearls.

Adorable Yorkie wearing our HOT NEW SUMMER Princess Tulle Lace Dog Dress from online dog clothing store they made me wear it.

Cute and Comfortable

Tulle Lace Dog Dress

Beautiful and layered with soft tulle lace, featuring a lovely color-coordinated bowknot that will make your furbaby the center of attention.

Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at the Ballpark

August is known as the dog days of summer in baseball. With no other major sports leagues operating, all of the attention is on MLB. This is when they offer a number of promotions and other perks to bring people out to the games.

One of the most popular is their “Dog Days” where fans are welcomed to bring their 4-legged friends for a day of fun. There are usually a lot of per-friendly activities planned, and oftentimes you get to come down on the field after the game and catch a movie on the big screen.

Cutie pie  Savannah Schnoodle wearing neutral gray Personalized Dog Hoodie from online dog clothing store they made me wear it.

Calling all Cuties

Let's Play Ball

Savannah Schnoodle sporting her favorite hoodie just perfect for those cool summer nights!

Browse through our wide selection of summer dog apparel for the perfect outfit for your pups to wear to the park.

Spend the Day at a Dog-Friendly Beach

Precious Chihuahua looking super cool wearing sunglasses and a bright pink Hawaiian Dog Shirt.
Catching rays is my thing!

Even if you don’t go anywhere near the water, beaches can still be a blast for your furry little mate. And with just a quick search online, you can find hundreds of pet-friendly beaches across the country.

This is a great place for them to run wild, play fetch or Frisbee, chase birds, and soak up all the fresh air and sun they can stand. And don’t forget about our Anti-UV Sun Protection Dog Hoodie for those high-UV warning days.

Dilla, French Bulldog and Boston Terrier mix wearing the Anti-UV Sun Protection Hoodie in Capri Blue from online dog clothing store they made me wear it.

Breathable and Lightweight

Sun Protection Dog Hoodie

Very light, breathable and feels like silk to keep your furbaby protected on hot summer days. Available in 4 vibrant colors: Capri, Pink Lemonade, Pearl and Lemon.

On your day-long trip, be sure to pack:

  • Plenty of water
  • Water bowl for your buddy
  • Towel
  • Water Frisbee
  • Umbrella or dog cabana (this will provide your pooch with instant shade whenever they might need it)

Take a Road Trip

Border Collie Australian Shepherd mix sitting in a car, sporting cool sunglasses with his tongue sticking out ready to hit the open road.
This is adventure isn't going to start itself, hop in!

Who says your summer fun has to be a 1-day event? You can pack up your pup and hit the open road to wherever you desire. You can head out somewhere with lots of open space where you can play in nature. Lakes, mountains, forests, and other regions are great locations for adventure.

But what if you want to just lie around and relax? Well, in that case, you can check out any number of pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals. Who needs running and jumping when you can have room service and couples massages!?

Take Your Pup on a SUP Adventure

Australian Cattle Dog Mix wearing green life jacket on a paddleboard with oar.
Ready to catch some waves?

What is SUP, you ask? Well, it's only one of the fastest-growing water sports around. Stand-up paddleboarding is gaining all kinds of attention and popularity wherever there is a body of water around. Dogs of all sizes and ages can enjoy this activity with their best friends.

Even dogs that aren’t particularly fond of the water sometimes take right to SUPing. However, you should consider using a doggie life-vest, even if they are adept in the water.

Host a Doggy Play Date for Your Friends and/or Neighbors

Dogs playing together outdoors in the summer grassy field.
Whoever said 3's a crowd, was wrong!

Surely you have family and friends with furbabies of their own. What about co-workers or neighbors? Not only is this a great way to get your dog to socialize with other dogs and people, but it is also a chance for you to make new friendships as well. It doesn't have to be a big event.

A few toys, a few treats, a spacious backyard and that’s all the little guys and gals need. You could turn it into a social gathering for the people as well by firing up the BBQ pit for some burgers and dogs.

It is also the perfect time to debut some of those funny dog clothes you’ve purchased at our dog boutique online.

Ruff It Out In Nature

Dogs camping and enjoying the summer in the Tennessee great outdoors.
Camp fun for the entire family

We mentioned hitting the open trail with your pooch earlier, but why does it have to be a one-day trip? A sleeping bag, food, and a few overnight supplies can turn it into a multi-day adventure.

For thousands of years, dogs slept outside under the stars with the sights, sounds, and smells of nature all around them. Let them enjoy a night like the wolf inside them wants to!

There are a number of pet-friendly camping chains like Jellystone Park and KOA that allow furry family members to tag along.

There are also numerous national forests and private campgrounds that let you bring your pets. Just be sure to go over the rules and regulations thoroughly before heading out.

Teach Your Pup a New Trick or Take a Class

Mixed Dog jumping in the air and catching a frisbee.
Throw it this way...I got it

Just because school is out doesn’t mean that your dog can’t learn new tricks. The weather is perfect for outdoor fun and that’s a great way to practice a little obedience training.

On top of that, with the extra free time you have from not having to chauffeur the kids around, you can sign your little furball up for classes if you want a more in-depth regiment. They can learn anything from simple, basic commands to more challenging skills

Just Show Up With Your Pup

Pick any dog-themed or dog-friendly activity in the summer to take your canine companion to. There are all kinds of festivals, shows, events, and other activities which were made for humans and his/her best friend to attend together. Just a few ideas of pet-friendly places include:

  • Surfing contests
  • Dog shows
  • Sporting events
  • Outdoor art festivals
  • Outdoor wine tastings
  • And many others

Another great benefit to these types of events, aside from getting to spend quality time with one of your favorite creatures on the planet, is that many times some or all of the proceeds go to support various humane societies and animal shelters in your community.

Mix Up Your Pup's Routine

Something as simple as walking them in a different neighborhood or taking them with you to the pet store can be a fun activity. There is no reason that you have to plan a big, all-day activity.

Trying a pet-friendly outdoor restaurant or going to visit a family member or friend they haven't seen in a while will brighten their day more than you could possibly imagine.

A Few Reminders

There are a ton of activities you can enjoy with your pooch not only during the summer but all year-round. However, when you’re out in the heat this time of year, it is important to remember a few things.

Just like people, dogs can overheat, get dehydrated, or even sunburned too. And unlike us, they can’t tell you when they feel this way. Nothing will ruin a day of fun and adventure with your furry friend than having them get sick or even have to go to the vet for getting too much sun and heat.

Make sure if you are participating in outdoor events or activities that your pooch has plenty of water, as well as dog-approved sunblock. And always make sure you have personalized dog collars with your pet's name and information, just in case you and your bestie get separated.

Yorkie wearing Cherry print Yummy Dog Matching Harness, Collar & Leash Set from online doggy boutique they made me wear it.

Prints so Sweet

Yummy Dog Harness & Collar Set

Fun, fashionable and functional makes this the perfect summer harness, collar and leash set for your little angel. Available in 4 prints: Cherry, Watermelon, Strawberry and Fruit Salad.

Also, try to schedule your day around the peak temperature hours. Earlier in the morning or closer to sundown is best, when possible. No matter what you and Fido end up doing, have fun, and don't forget to shop our summer dog clothes selection, that'll keep your pup cool and stylish this summer!

Until next time, thank you for reading!

About the author: Gabrielle is the loving pawrent to adorable pups Willow and Dilla. Growing up surrounded by dogs, she always dreamt of having her own. Willow and Dilla came into her life and changed everything. Now, she's crazy about pampered pooches, and her perfect day involves dancing with her husband, dressing up her furbabies, and cuddling them to sleep. For Gabrielle, life is all about spreading love and joy with her adorable canine companions by her side.