Activities For Dogs In Pennsylvania On Hot Days

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Introduction

During the summer months in Pennsylvania, you can encounter some hotter weather; in fact, in many parts of the state temperatures can hover around the mid-eighties. For many folks and their canine companions, this hot weather can make outdoor activities seem less appealing. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has numerous things that you and your pup can get involved in where your pooch can get their exercise and you both can beat the heat.  It turns out that you and your pup will not have any problem at all when it comes to keeping busy on hot days in Pennsylvania!

Falls Township Park

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
30 - 120 min
Items needed
Water and Bowl
Treats
Waste Bags
Leash
Ball or Frisbee
Activity description

Located in Levittown, Pennsylvania, Falls Township Park is well-maintained and sees a lot of pet traffic. The park includes two fenced dog runs; one is for small breeds and the other is for large breeds. Falls Township Park is actually part of a larger park that has a lake that is surrounded by a blacktop walking path. There is also a path that goes through a wooded area; either path is great for taking your pup on a walk. There are picnic pavilions where you and your pup can relax and enjoy a meal. After exploring the park on foot, your pup can go for a swim, there is a beach for dogs to enjoy!

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Plan your visit
Should Falls Township Park seem like a good option for you and your pup to check out on a hot day, be sure to plan your day ahead of time. How much planning you need to do will depend on how far you are coming from and for how long you intend to stay at the park. For a longer stay or should you intend to be there during mealtime hours, you might choose to bring along a picnic snack or meal that you can enjoy while relaxing with your pup after some activity.
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Bring life jacket and more
What you should bring to Falls Township Park will depend in part on what you plan to do there and for how long you intend to visit. For example, if you plan to go out on the lake in a boat, bring a life jacket for your pooch. A leash is important so that you can walk your pup around the park, enjoying the available trails. Make sure to bring some water with you, as well as a bowl, so that you can be sure that your dog gets the water that they need to be hydrated.
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Keep your pup's pace
Once you arrive at Falls Township Park, you and your pup can embark on whatever activity or activities that you have planned on. You are welcome to participate in each activity on your own pace or at the pace of your pup. Whether you want to take a walk, enjoy time on the lake, have a picnic or energetically partake in all three, Falls Township Park is full of adventure and a great place to spend quality time with your pooch.
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Ghost Tours Of Philadelphia

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Hot Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Food
Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description
One way to beat the heat of a hot day in Philadelphia is to engage in activity as the sun is going down. For even cooler weather, you and your pup can enjoy some fun in the dark. The perfect activity on a Pennsylvania night is a spooky ghost tour with Ghost Tours of Philadelphia. Both you and your canine companion can embark on a candlelight walk along the city's back streets and the secret gardens of Philadelphia's historic buildings. Explore Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City, where it is said that ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards are found. Be brave and be spooked with your loyal pup by your side to calm your nerves!
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Choose your tour
Ghost Tours of Philadelphia offer tours year-round. You can view available tour dates online on their website. Take a look at tour availability and choose what works best for you. It is a good idea to book your tour in advance so that you know that you have a spot; you can even save $2 per ticket by doing so! Depending on where you are coming from, you can coordinate when you should leave to drive to the area where the tour begins and whether you would like to stay overnight nearby before leaving. Consider extending your ghostly visit in to the next day!
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Pack for fun
Just what do you need to bring with you when going on a ghost tour? Make sure that you have your dog's leash so that you can keep your pooch safe as you roam the streets on the tour. Waste bags will also be important to have with you so that you can clean up after your canine buddy. Be sure to have some water on hand in case your dog gets thirsty. Treats will also be appreciated by your pup and you can use them as rewards for their good behavior!
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Don't get too scared!
After arriving for your tour, you and your pooch can follow your tour guide and learn about what is often called "America's most haunted city". Fortunately, your dog will be with you to keep you safe (and calm should you get a bit nervous). Keep an open mind during the tour and feel free to ask any questions you have. Remember to keep your pup on their leash to be sure they are safe and allowing other ghost seekers to get the most out of their spooky night.
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Indian Head Canoeing

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Dog Life Jacket
Water and Bowl
Treats
Activity description
Located in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, Indian Head offers rentals for you and your pup to rent so that you can spend a delightful day on the Delaware River. Rent a canoe and take your pup along for some adventure. The Delaware River is a Class 2 river and therefore little to no experience is required for you to take the canoe out and successfully navigate the water. When the weather is hot, being on the water is a sensible option. If either you or your pup need to cool off, pull your canoe to shore and take a quick dip before continuing on your way!
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Rollin down the river
Does some time in a canoe with your best pal sound like something both of you would enjoy? If so, get started planning your outing. Indian Head offers rentals in the summer, fall and spring, meaning that this can be a fun activity for you and your pooch even on not-so-hot days in Pennsylvania. Depending on how far you have to travel to get to Indian Head, you may also choose to spend the night in the area the day before or the night of your river adventure.
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River adventure gear
Once you have planned your trip, you will want to gather what you will need to bring along with you. Consider taking a life jacket for your pup, particularly if you are not confident in their swimming ability. Water and a bowl are always important to have so that you can be sure your dog remains hydrated, both in and out of the canoe. Bring along some treats as well. These may be useful if you need to entice your pup into the canoe or distract them from something; another dog on the water, perhaps.
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Guidance before you go
After arriving at Indian Head and obtaining your canoe, you will likely be offered some guidance from staff. This will be helpful, especially for those relatively new or new to canoeing. You might want to give your pup some time to become comfortable with this new environment, particularly if they have never been in a canoe before. Let your pup explore the canoe on land before you place it in the water. Once your dog is willing to get into the watercraft and seems comfortable in it, you can put it on the water. Help your pup to climb inside the canoe and get in as well. Head on down the river together, staying aware of your pup's comfort at all times.
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Practice Tricks...Indoors

On hot days it is particularly hard to get motivated to go outside with your dog. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your dog active without leaving the house. For example, you and your pup can work on tricks together. There are great ideas online or in dog training books for you to consider. Once you have a few tricks that you want to work on, you can go ahead and get started. Start small and meet your pup where they are at. Practicing tricks will require a lot of patience with most dogs. Have treats ready so that you can reward your hardworking pal each time they accomplish the trick (or even a part of the trick). Use those online videos to obtain guidance on how to best work with your dog on each trick.

Lucky Paws Dog Park and Pool

Like many states, Pennsylvania offers quite a few dog parks throughout the state. One dog park that has a lot to offer is Lucky Paws Dog Park and Pool. Located in Freedom, Pennsylvania, visiting dogs can play off-leash (the park is fully fenced) and enjoy a pool just for dogs, as well as agility equipment, which offers a perfect opportunity for you to engage with your dog. There is a separate area for smaller dogs and picnic tables and benches for the human companions of each dog. A membership is required, which will help remind you to come back again and again.

Check Out West Mill Creek Park

Located in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, West Mill Creek Park is a small park with plenty of shade; perfect for hotter days when you are seeking a way to get out of the sun and (hopefully) stay cool. The park includes a "fitness trail" that welcomes dogs that are on or off-leash. After taking a walk, you and your pup can cool off in the creek that runs in the park. Not only can you and your pup get some activity in, you can also meet new people and dogs that are also enjoying the park.

Conclusion

Looking for something to do with your pup on a hot day in Pennsylvania? It turns out that there is no shortage of interesting things you can do together where both of you can have some fun AND beat the heat! The state offers activities that you can do in the daytime, as well as in the evening. In addition, you don't necessarily have to be outdoors in order for you and your pup to engage in an activity together. So don't be concerned when the weather starts to heat up. You and your pup will see that plenty of adventure awaits you!