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Summer Ideas for Doggy Fun

With Summer right around the corner, it's time to start planning how you and your pups can make it the best summer ever! What better way to give back to your canine friend after a long winter with some fun summer activities?

#1 Dog Friendly Beaches in Chicago

Does your fluffy friend love to dig up your garden? Jump in the pool when your the least prepared? Maybe they just love a good hour to sunbathe?

These dog-friendly beaches local to Chicago are the perfect answer to all these problems while incorporating some summer fun. Your pup can splash all day, dig in the sand, and enjoy the sun while getting some great enrichment and playtime. What could be a better way to spend a summer day?

A woman holding her dog with a lakeside background
Look at those happy faces!

Montrose Dog Beach is just a 10 min drive from the Lakeview area. The area is fenced off, allowing your dog to roam leash free, with dog bathing stations provided. All your dog needs to a certified DFA tag or up-to-date rabies tag!

Belmont Harbor also offers a dog-friendly area for your pup to enjoy this summer. With easy access from both Lincoln Park and Lakeview East, you and your dog can enjoy the sun, sand and waves!

After a long day of sand and seaweed, don't forget to book a 1-on-1 luxury grooming to get your pup looking and feeling squeaky clean again.

#2 Mercury's Canine Cruise

Ever wish you could bring your pup on a boat tour of the city? Now you can! This summer, bring your dog along (on leash) with you while you cruise along the river and see the best Chicago highlights. Mercury's Canine Cruise even offers a doggie-restroom and dog-inspired sightseeing. They can enjoy the tour on your lap, on the deck, or in their very own seat.

#3 Doggie Paw-sicles

Looking for a fun, cold and easy treat for your pup to enjoy this summer? Look no further! Try this recipe at home, or come into Sit Social for our summer-exclusive doggie soft-serve.

DIY Paw-sicles: Makes 8

A dog eating an icecream cone
So refreshing!
  • 2 Bananas

  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

  • 1 Tsp Honey

  • 1 cup water, broth, or milk of choice

Blend all your ingredients, place in a popsicle mold or ice cube tray, and freeze for at least four hours.

#4 Midwest Coast Brewing Company

Searching for a place to enjoy a nice cold beverage with your pup at your side? Look no further!

A dog drinking from a martini glass

Leashed dogs are welcome inside and outside of the brewery. Don't leave your pup out of all the fun though- stop by Sit Social first and grab your dog one of our Doggy Cocktails! Choose between a Chickentini or a Long Island Iced Beef. With benefits like good hydration, healthy joints, and good liver and kidney function, your pup will be healthy and refreshed. Your best friend deserves a cold drink on a hot summer day, too!

Nelly working with Koda
Our trainer Nelly is the best summer school teacher your pup will ever have!

#5 Doggy Summer School

What better time to work on training your dog than during the summer? The warm weather and freedom of the summer months are a perfect time to get down to business with your pup, and Sit Social would love to help! In just six weeks this summer, your dog can learn an abundance of new skills, including:

Session One: Intake/Assessment

Session Two: Redirection

Session Three: Neutrality

Session Four: Trigger Engagement

Session Five: Practice Techniques

Session Six: Check in/Maintenance

#6 Enrichment

Sometimes, it's a little too hot for your pup to safely enjoy the summer sun. That's why it's important to have some indoor activities planned, too!

Looking for something easy? Fill up a plastic toy, like a Kong, with peanut butter. Place it in the freezer (we always like to have a couple on hand!) When your pup is feeling bored and antsy inside, let them at that toy! It will take them a good amount of time and energy to get through it, and it's a tasty treat, too! Your dog can also enjoy a frozen Kong as an add-on service during daycare or boarding at Sit Social.

Another great idea is treat puzzles. You can purchase them online or in your local pet store; some are more difficult than others. Fill the puzzle with small treats and challenge your dog to get their reward! They will have to paw, think, and discover new ways to get to their tasty treats. It's fun for them, and it's fun to watch, too!

If you don't own a puzzle, another great trick is to place treats in a towel and roll it up tight. It still provides a challenge in a more DIY-friendly way! You can use a smaller or larger towel depending on the size of your pup.

#7 Chicago Farmers Market's

Summer morning's are cool, refreshing and bright. That's why it's a great time to visit a Chicago Farmer's market! There are many dog friendly options, many of which even sell dog related products. What's not to love?

The Logan Square Farmer's Market begins this weekend, May 12, and boasts over 70 different vendors! With lots of space to take a break and relax, it's the perfect doggy outing to meet new people and try some new treats. Check it out every Sunday until October!

The Green City Market in Lincoln Park is local to Sit Social, and hosts a large variety of booths and musicians every Wednesday and Saturday from April to November. The market also includes sustainable foods and community events your pup will love!

After these tips, we hope your summer will be exploding with fun for you and your fluffy friend! Don't forget to be on the lookout for events hosted by Sit Social this summer, or stop in for a ice cold treat. Summer fun has just begun!

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