7 fun summer activities for you and your dog Summer is a great time to get outside, have fun and get active. It’s especially easy to do this if you have a dog. Here are seven fun summer activities for you and your pooch. By Erica Rae Chong 7 fun summer activities for you and your dog Slideshow View Slideshow 7 fun summer activities for you and your dog Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 5 delicious summer cockta 5 summer outfits for outd 5 amazing ice pops you ne 1. Try out dog agility classes Dogs are natural hunters and agility courses are designed to mimic how a dog chases and hunts prey. Just like in the wild, dogs have to navigate obstacles to get to their goal as quickly as possible. Not only does it strengthen your dog's muscles, improve coordination and increase endurance and overall health, agility strengthens the bond between you and your dog, too. 2. Dog Yoga or "Doga" Doga is a relatively new activity in Canada. While there aren't many centres offering this class as yet, it is something you can do at home, says B.C. Doga instructor Gwen Siciliano. "This is a gentle practice. There is a lot of massaging, light stretches, relaxing and bonding," she says. "I know that everyone has a different size pet but it's about you and your dog, so modify the yoga for you but please do not hurt yourself." Siciliano suggests beginners sit up straight for two to three minutes in yin style, while resting their hands on their dog. "[You'll] definitely benefit from the relaxed bonding time. The focus between the dog and the owner is amazing," she says. 3. Have a professional outdoor photoshoot Photoshoots don't have to be reserved for special occasions. Why not hire a photographer for a day and capture memories with your pets that you can cherish for a lifetime? Get the photographer to capture candid images of you and your pets having fun in the great outdoors. After you're done, frame the prints and hang them on your wall for a customized photo gallery. 4. Go cycling on your favourite trails Whether your dog runs beside you or simply sits in your bike's basket, bringing your dog along as you cycle is a great way to liven a bike ride. Before you begin, consider your dog's breed and fitness level. Some dogs are simply more athletic than others. Try cycling in the mornings or early evenings when it's cooler. High summer heat and hot pavements can be uncomfortable for your dog, but overheating can also lead to strokes. Remember to stay hydrated. 5. Pamper your pooch with a trip to a doggy spa We all need some extra TLC from time to time and it’s no different for our canine companions. Consider treating your dog to a relaxing spa or grooming experience this summer. Jasper (left) is getting his hair trimmed at Urban Dog in Toronto. The spa also features massaging baths, nail trims and even blueberry facials. If you’re looking for something different, this is the best way to do it. Check with your local groomers for a list of their services. 6. Take Fido hiking Why not take advantage of the great summer weather and hit the trails? From the winding Fundy Trail in New Brunswick to the rugged Canadian Rockies, Canada offers so many beautiful trails, featuring unique landscapes. Keep in mind, though, that not all trails are dog-friendly, so check in advance before heading out. All dogs must be leashed under the National Parks Act. 7. Go for a dip outdoors Cool off this summer at one of the many dog-friendly beaches across Canada. It's a great chance for your dog to socialize and play, all while working on your tan. Remember to observe appropriate "petiquette," respect the rules of the dog park and always clean up after your dog. Visit your local parks and recreation website to find a dog-friendly beach near you.Keep your pet healthy and happy with these 5 tips.