Four Unique Ways for Your Pooch to Beat the Heat

With four dog parks in Chandler, tons of hiking trails and countless restaurants with dog-friendly patios, it’s beyond fair to say the city caters to families with pets. But the hot months limit activities that are safe for pups, leaving the question, “How does our dog exercise during the summer?” 

One approach is to take a ride to higher elevation for the day. Visit Payson, Sedona or Flagstaff, which is considered Arizona’s most pet-friendly town by some. But if a day trip isn’t viable, here are some local places where you and your pet can find some cool relief. 

Club-Doggie
Award-winning doggie agility center Club-Doggie is located in Queen Creek. Unleash your dog to 5.67-acres of  fenced-in grassy outdoor obstacles, professional-grade equipment and indoor arenas. Whether your goal is obedience, learned tricks or just having fun with your dog, you will find it at Club-Doggie. Young pups and mature pals alike can play and learn with nationally renowned dog trainers. Pooch participants must be people- and dog-friendly. Schedule a visit or free evaluation at Club-Doggie.com.

Arizona Falls
When Zonies see SRP, they think of their monthly utility bill but Salt River Project has helped shape the West since 1903 and has a robust history. Arizona Falls, located near 56th Street and Indian School Road, is an iconic exhibit and source of hydroelectric energy formed by a natural 20-foot drop in the Arizona Canal. Bring your dog to cool down with a gentle mist from the water-wall trifecta! Who told dogs to wear coats in the desert, anyway? Take a virtual tour at SRPnet.com/Water/Canals/AZFalls.aspx.

Run Buddy Mobile
Run Buddy Mobile recognizes exercise as an essential element for healthy pets, but outdoor pet fitness is limited during the summer. Experienced friendly professionals get dogs running on paw-powered non-electric treadmills that are safe. The team slogan is “We Run Dogs!” and they do it in a mobile air-conditioned fitness unit that comes right to your home. Watch videos of some happy pups on Run Buddy Mobile’s social media sites and schedule a session at RunBuddyMobile.com.

PetSmart Patio at Chase Field
Your fuzzy family member can join you for a Diamondbacks game! The Dog Days of Summer Packages start at $160 to reserve a semi-private space for four people and one pup. It includes various food and beverages, access to an air-conditioned outdoor/indoor dog park play area and a free PetSmart doggie bag full of goodies. Dogs must be friendly and have current vaccinations. Purchase tickets and learn more at MLB.com.