Activities For Dogs In Washington On Hot Days

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Introduction

While Washington state is best known for its mild climate, fog, and most notably, rain, that doesn't mean it doesn't still get hot in summer, especially in late July and into August. Because of it, visitors and residents alike may have trouble finding specific things to do when the sun starts pouring down so hard it can turn you red like apples and sweet cherries (of which the state produces more of than any other). But have no fear! Wag! is here to help you and your pooch stay cool as a pool in the Evergreen State.

Fremont Avenue Sunday Ice Cream Cruise

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water
Cash
Dog bags
Activity description
There are two nearly unrivaled ways to beat the heat when it gets too hot outside: ice cream and getting on or in the water. With the Fremont Avenue Sunday Ice Cream Cruise, you can have both! This fantastic service does serve year round, but what better time to take advantage than when it's too hot? It provides shade, cooler temperatures over the water, ice cream to cool you down, a place to sit or stand and tons of great stuff to look at. It currently costs $12 or under per person and only a few dollars for ice cream or beverages, making it a reasonable day trip, provides 45 minutes of entertainment (plus travel time), and will give both you and your pet a chance to socialize.
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Plan your route
While hopping onto the ferry is about as simple as it gets, getting there is a different story. Make sure you figure out which is the easiest, cheapest or most efficient way to get to the ferry, depending on your preference, as it's nestled in the heart of South Lake Union. There are several methods of travel, the easiest being by car, as there are several parking structures within walking distance, but other methods such as the bus system and water taxis do allow dogs as long as they are leashed and aren't too large for the vehicle/interior space. Make sure to check the restrictions depending on the travel method, then make sure you have all your supplies properly packed in a purse, backpack, or day bag. Oh, and don't forget to take a doggy bathroom stop before climbing on public transit or the ferry!
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Ferry and be merry!
Once you've arrived, pay your fee and climb aboard. Depending on how hot it is, you may need to find seating that will stay out of the sun if necessary, but the water and movement should at least help you stay cooler than you were on dry land. Once the ferry departs, it tours the local houseboats, some famous places, other interesting locations, and serves ice cream in the process! Kick back and relax and share a lick or two of your cone with your dog while you two cool off on the waters of Lake Union.
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Scenic Dog-friendly Flight

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Hot Day
Expensive
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20 - 30 min
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Treats
Dog bags
Activity description
While the air at sea level may be hot, it certainly gets much cooler further up in the atmosphere, which means all you have to do is get there. Thankfully, the fine folks at Kenmore Air offer dog-friendly flight tours to enjoy it. While it may not be cheap (flights start at $99 a person), it will give you the chance to do something different, stay cool, and won't eat up your entire day if you have other plans. There are several tours to choose from depending on what you'd ideally like to see and each includes absolutely stunning scenery to take in as well as some entertaining and informative narrative from the pilot (on specific flights).
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Make sure you're ready
Before you ever sign up and put money down, the first step should be making sure both you and your dog are flight-ready. While you may be okay with flying commercially, private flights are in considerably smaller and generally louder planes, which means you should gauge your comfort level before even stepping foot onto the dock (they are seaplanes after all). After you've done so for yourself, run through a few checks to make sure your dog will be comfortable as well. Think about their comfort with noise and traveling in other vehicles such as cars and boats before committing them to something that may scare them so bad dog bags will be a necessity. If necessary, take them to areas with frequent airplane traffic and see how well they manage the noise and movement. Once you're convinced they'll do okay, book your tickets and double check to make sure your specific air tour is dog-friendly. When the day and time arrives, grab your supplies and go!
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Stay dry, cool, and fly
Once you arrive, make sure to check in and get your dog ready by harnessing and leashing them up (a harness is much easier to control them with should the noise, takeoff, or landing spook them) and feeding them a few treats to make sure they see the new experience as positive if need be. Don't forget to give them a bathroom break as well, especially for longer flights. If possible, introduce your dog to others who may be sharing your flight with you so both your dog and the other passengers are comfortable with each other before boarding. Once you get strapped in, make sure your dog is securely by your side and still mostly comfortable with the process. Once the engine starts up, you should be ready to start your adventure! Enjoy the cool air and beautiful sights with your (hopefully) brave canine companion.
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Olympic National Forest

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 180 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water
Hiking shoes/boots
Dog bags
Activity description
Being active on hot days can be one of the hardest things to do, especially considering too much exercise will just make you that much hotter! But then again, there are places that are inherently cooler than most others, largely due to their geographic location. Olympic National Forest is one of them. Perched at the Northwestern tip of Washington state (and the continental US for that matter), it is the perfect place to hike. It's covered by towering trees, has plenty of cool streams and rivers, and is surrounded by a body of water that is frequently cooled by the Gulf of Alaska and Northern Pacific. It's inexpensive, can go a long way in staying cool despite the hiking required, provides plenty of beautiful scenery, and best of all, is dog-friendly!
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Prepping your supplies
Before you head off into the forest, be sure to get some things in line first. Make sure you pack your bag with water (and something for your dog to drink out of), treats/snacks for energy and motivation, good hiking shoes and dog bags to help keep nature the way you found it (preferably biodegradable). You should also prep by grabbing a digital or physical map to help you navigate (unless you plan on getting one upon arrival), and potentially procuring any permits and paying any fees necessary to entering certain parts of the park, which can all act as timesavers down the road. If you so choose, you can even plan your hiking route beforehand if you're dealing with time restraints or know you'll only be able to reasonably hike so far or just want to see specific sites within the park.
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Put safety first
Make sure to have safety measures in place as well, such as a med kit and/or bear spray, as both mountain lions and bears have been known to be in the park throughout various times of the year. And don't forget to check the weather! It may be hot now but Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Stay ahead of the game and weather. It is always a wise move as well, to inform family of your plans for the day, and of your expected return time.
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Saddle up and start hiking
Once you've arrived, check in with anyone necessary to pay final fees, get any maps you may need, and so on. Make sure your dog is properly leashed and all necessary supplies are with you. Once you're geared up, double check the weather and hit the trails! Make sure you make occasional stops to supply yourself and your dog with water. If need be, change your path based on the heat and your comfort level. Some trails are much more open than others while some may be perfectly shaded or closer to cool water. Finally, and maybe most importantly, soak up as much of nature's beauty as you can. Goodness knows your dog will be!
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Take a Mountain Drive

Like we mentioned with the Seaplane adventures, getting up into higher elevations can mean cooling off as well. If you're close enough to do so, drive up into the mountains and find a nice spot to hike, picnic, or even just take pictures.

Catch a Cool Drink

While Washington doesn't have the weather of warmer states that feature a significant number of outdoor restaurant seating areas, there are still plenty of dog-friendly farmer's markets that have shaded seating and fresh fruit juices and other cold drinks to help keep you cool (and nourished).

Take a Dip

While Washington may not have the same number of lakes as some of those in the Midwest, it certainly boasts a significant portion of shoreline to enjoy. Find a lake or access to the ocean and go take a dip! Just make sure wherever you go is dog-friendly so you don't end up with a ticket or fine.

Conclusion

While Washington may not be hot year round, that doesn't mean that hot days don't happen frequently enough to necessitate a game plan. So if you find yourself Evergreen with envy over other states' abilities to handle warmer weather, don't forget that Washington can be the perfect place to find cool and unusual entertainment, whether you're just visiting or staying for the long haul.