Activities For Dogs In California On Hot Days

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Introduction

We've already made a list that details a number of activities you and your do can do on cold Californian days, so now we're going to share a list with you that's on the opposite end of the spectrum; jogging along one of California's numerous routes, hiking up one of the vast mountain ranges that dot Southern California's landscape, going sight seeing in the city of Los Angeles, there are almost too many dog friendly activities in California to count! Moreover, many of the activities on this list are either completely free or virtually free, due to their low and inexpensive costs.

The Beach

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
2 to 5 Hours
Items needed
Water for hydration
Waste Disposal Bags
Sunscreen
Frisbee
Towels
Activity description
If there are two things California has become famous for, its the Golden State's warm weather and plentiful beaches. There are almost too many to name here (Seal Beach, Surfrider Beach, and Venice Beach just to name a few,) so you'll want to definitely read up and see which beach suits you and your dog's fancies. This writer can definitely recommend that you plan a trip to the Santa Monica State Beach while you're visiting California, as the area is very warm and inviting to beach goers and their pets. But really, all of the beaches in California are wonderful and dog friendly!
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Choose your destination
It really can't be understated how many great beaches can be found in the State of California; the large selection of beaches might even seem intimidating at first, so this writer encourages you to read up on the State's most popular beaches and choose your destination based on preference.
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Spare no expense
Another great thing about the beaches of California is their sheer versatility; beach goers can host bonfires, hold picnics, go to concerts, and surf at most of the beaches in California, so you'll want to pack the appropriate supplies for your trip and be certain that you don't skimp out on the sunscreen. Another must is plenty of fresh water for you and your pup to drink.
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Hit the sand
Your dog will have a blast playing in the sand and soaking in all of the sights and smells that are unique to the beach, and the ocean will provide both of you with a natural reprieve from the intense California sun. Keep your dog close to yourself and your group, as the beach can fill up with visitors pretty quickly as time goes on. When your pal is near the water and waves be sure to stay right by their side.
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Spanish Village Art Center

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 to 2 Hours
Items needed
Waste Disposal Bags
Leash
Activity description
The history of California is steeped in Latin Culture;  a number of Missions still dot the landscape and the State's name is even based on the Spanish word Califia. So if you're interested in learning about one of the cultures that's inextricably tied to the State of California, consider visiting the Spanish Village Art Center; there you'll find a vast array of art pieces that are dedicated to Spanish, Mexican, and Native American Culture. The Spanish Village Art Center also prides itself on being very dog friendly and free of charge. So if you'd like to learn more about California's unique history, consider visiting the Spanish Village Art Center.
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See what's in store
You're heavily encouraged to visit the Spanish Village Art Center's main website to learn more about the various types of art that the center holds on display as well read up on the history behind the center itself and its goal in freely showcasing art to the public at large. You can also learnt the center's exact whereabouts to help you gauge what you'll need to bring.
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Prep your dog
While the center does have a number of winding paths and scenic views, it isn't a park by any means. So before you take your dog over to the center, you'll want to go over a few drills to ensure that their art exhibit etiquette is on point. Be sure to keep your dog's leash in hand at all times, and keep them by your side and within your sight.
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Visit the center
After all of the formalities have been taken care of, you and your dog will be free to visit the Spanish Village Art Center any time between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Most, if not all, of the art hosted at the center has been created by local artists who live near the area, so don't be surprised if you see a number of them visiting the grounds during your trip as well.
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Dog Friendly Restaurant

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Hot Day
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30 - 60 Minutes
Items needed
Waste Disposal Bags
Leash
Activity description
Taking refuge from the heat in a nice, cool restaurant is usually at the top of most people's lists on a hot an sunny Californian day. Fortunately, Southern California is host to a number of dog friendly restaurants, pubs, and sports bars. Near the southern end of the State, you'll find a vast number of dog friendly restaurants near Seal Beach. Conversely, if you're in the San Diego area, you'll find a number of dog friendly eateries inland and further away from the water. There's truly no shortage of places that you, your family and friends, and your dog can visit to beat the Californian heat.
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What's on the menu?
Most of the dog friendly restaurants in California have placed their menus online for potential patrons to examine and decide what they'd like to try out ahead of time. Many of these restaurants will also go to great lengths to point out which dishes are and are not shareable with your dog. So before you head out to a dog friendly restaurant, read their menu or call ahead and air out any questions or concerns that you might have.
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Prepare for the ride
California is a state that's big and bustling at all times of the day. That being said, the streets and highways of the State tend to get very congested during the time between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. In order to avoid getting stuck in rush hour traffic, we highly advise that you and your dog head out to one of the restaurants earlier in the day.
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Dig in
After you've finally made it to the restaurant, you and your dog can take a moment to drink in the scenery and ambiance of the restaurant. McP's Pub, located in San Diego, is one of the premiere dog friendly restaurants in the entire state; they have a dog friendly patio and host a monthly event referred to as the "Yappy Hour" that helps a local adoption center.
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Head Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles is a very popular spot with many Californian natives; there are tons upon tons of shops, stalls, and vendors who are all too eager to invite visitors to peruse their wares, and there are a number of restaurants that can't be found anywhere else. Dog owners are invited to stroll along the district with their dogs, where they'll find many dog friendly shops and services.

Go For A Swim

What better way to beat the heat than to take a swim with your dog in one of California's numerous beaches or lakes? The cities of Santa Monica, Long Beach, Malibu, and Laguna Beach all have beaches that are dog friendly, with lifeguards on duty that are ready to lend a helping hand if things get hectic.

Conclusion

California is often referred to as the Golden State due to the massive amounts of sunshine that blankets the region on a daily basis. This sun has helped farmers cultivate world renowned avocados, warm the vast bodies of water that the surround the coast, and tan the hides of most Californian residents! Suffice it to say, the immense amount of sun and heat that permeates throughout California can be a blessing and a curse, but with the tips and tricks listed on this guide, hopefully you and your dog will be able to try a few of these new and exciting activities the next time you need to beat that world famous Californian heat.