Activities For Dogs In Maine On Hot Days

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Introduction

Do you live in Maine? Well, whether you do, are on vacation, or are just passing through, there's plenty of things to do with your dog in the great state of Maine. Especially on hot days! Because the state has crisp mountain ranges, neat historical sites and a lovely shoreline, there's an abundance of ways to cool off and fight the sun rays with your dog. Take a look through this guide for some ideas. There are step-by-steps, insiders tips on specific spots in Maine that you should check out, and of course, additional tips that are sure to help. So grab a pen and pencil and let's get to it!

Doggy and Me Tour

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water Bowl
Food Bowl
Activity description
If you've ever wanted to go to Maine, which clearly you have, then it's probably because of the food. It's known for being amazing. Maine has some of the best seafood and lobster around. It rivals all other seaside states easily. So why not take a food tour with your dog? Take your dog to the Doggy and Me Tour by Maine Foodie Tours, and see what Kennebunkport and Lower Village has to offer the dogs. There's five stops to sample doggie treats and good eats for you. What makes it even better is that profits from this tour go to the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk.
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Do your research
The tour takes place every Saturday from May to October at 3pm for $35, and it's two hours long. Everyone who attends brings their dog, whom can all vary in size, so be aware of your pet's comfort around lots of people and other dogs. More so, bring some cash. It makes payment easier, and guarantees that you have a little extra in case you want to purchase something outside of the tour. This tour has a TripAdvisor Traveler Rating of 4.5 stars, so check it out online and see if it's for you.
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Prepare for the fun
Now that you've gathered your information, and you know what to expect and all that, it's time to prepare. Make a list of anything you may need. For sure, you need a dog leash. And you would be wise to bring both your dog's food and water bowls. For you, it's recommended to wear comfortable shoes. Remember, it's a hot day, so wear breathable fabrics. You'll be indoors eating and drinking in the shade most of the time, but there will be some walking.
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Enjoy yourselves!
Now that you have the tickets, you've done the research, and prepared for the tour, it's time to go feast and enjoy. Remember, you're not the only one taking the tour. A well socialized dog will have a great time; one who is shy may need practice at the doggy park before venturing into a situation with plenty of dogs and people in close proximity. If your dog can behave and hang out, be prepared to start up light conversation with others who are enjoying the day.
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Willard Beach

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Frisbee
Rope Toy
Ball
Water bowl
Full water bottle
Towels (2+)
Activity description
Willard Beach is public access and less than 5 minutes away from Portland, Maine. During the summer, dogs are allowed to run off their leashes, but only under voice control of their owners. Ideally, if they're off-leash, they're trained to come when called, and stay out of trouble. Off-leash hours are only 7-9 am, so no peak times. Between May 1 and September 30 (spring and summer) dogs are allowed between 7-9 am and 7-9 pm. Otherwise, the beach are is just too packed full of beachgoers and would not be a fun place for dogs. The good news, however, is that if you find yourself in Maine during the summer, with time to spare in the morning or evening, you and your dog can have some quiet play time!
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Prepare for adventure
Before heading out to Willard Beach with your dog, make sure to prepare for adventure. Like any other beach, you can expect to find sand and water, but also sea creatures, driftwood and plenty of open space for play time. Make sure you bring a few things, like a ball, Frisbee, rope toy, and of course a water bowl for your dog. Chances are, after a lot of playing, the salt water will start to seem appetizing, so you're going to want to make sure you bring fresh water of your own in a water bottle that you can pour into the dog's bowl.
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Enjoy playtime
Once you're ready, head out to Willard Beach. You'll have plenty of spots to choose from during off-peak hours. Most of the people have run off for the day, headed to restaurants and the like. It's your chance to swoop in and have a grand time with your best friend! Throw the ball around, play in the water, or just take in the view.
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Be mindful of the time and people
Because Willard Beach is only open until either 9am or 9pm for dogs, before you know it, it will be time to pack it up. Regardless of whether you're there for morning or evening adventuring, you'll only have two solid hours to enjoy yourselves. But when you think about it, any later than that, and it's either too crowded and hot, or it's too dark for it to really be a safe atmosphere for you and your pup. Plus, this is during the summer, it's hot outside. Going to the beach in the morning before it heats up, or the evening after it cools down, is ideal. So just be mindful of the time, and pack it in when needed.
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Fort Foster Park

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water bowl
Full water bottle
Dog treats
Activity description
Located on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point, the famous Fort Foster offers not one, not two, but three beaches to choose from. It also has a trail you can hike, restrooms you can use during the spring and summer, and picnic areas to eat in if you pack a lunch or even dinner. There's also long-abandoned military fortifications to explore, hence the name Fort Foster. You get an amazing view of Portsmouth Harbor all the while you're exploring and prancing around in the sun. Open from 10 am to 8 pm all week long from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it's a dog-friendly day adventure to check out!
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Do your research
At Fort Foster there are a few simple and sensible rules to keep in mind. Visitors must remember: no littering, no alcohol, no hunting, and no windsurfing or kayaking. There is also no room for boat trailers. Fires must be kept in grilles and pits only. Scuba diving is allowed in certain areas deep and safe enough for the activity. As one can see, this is a pretty busy location. It makes sense then, that dogs are allowed on a leash only, and of course, you must pick up after your pet. It's $10 per car to get in during the summer season, or $5 if you're walking in or biking.
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Enjoy the day
There is a lot to do at Fort Foster. Take your dog to see the view, to check out old military fortifications, or just to frolic in the water. Remember there's a hiking system you can burn some calories in, and your dog won't mind the exercise. Once you're done, enjoy a snack at the picnic area! And don't forget your dog's treats. Enjoy the day and be mindful and aware of others at all times.
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More Fun Ideas...

Visit Sea Dawg Gift Shop

Here you will find little seaside novelties, seaside decor, small signs, and everything else you'd expect from a small, coastal gift shop. There's lighthouses, picture frames, dog toy bins that are seaside in theme (lobster chew toy, anyone?), and other knick knacks you can take home with you if you're just visiting Maine for a short time.

Go for Ice Cream

Maine Ice Cream is pet friendly, and this parlor serves up some of the tastiest treats in the whole state. This small, unassuming shop is filled with handmade waffle cones, and a multitude of ice cream flavors. Enough to have you wondering what to order! Hmm, mint chocolate chip... or rocky road...?

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, so many things to do in Maine on a hot day. Everything from grabbing a bite of ice cream,  to going for a swim, or savoring the local flavor. Now get out there and enjoy the sun, all the while trying to stay cool. Now you're better prepared!