5 Ways to Enjoy the Backyard with Your Dog This Summer | #Giveaway

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

At our house, summer means outdoor fun–for us and for Irie and Tiki. Early morning hikes (before the heat sets in), wading in the creek (once the temperatures start to rise), and trips to the lake mean exercise for us and for the dogs, all while making memories and enjoying the outdoors together.

But our schedule doesn’t always permit us to travel as much as we’d like with our dogs, even for day trips. We’re often busy at the computers for hours on end. For as much as they love lying on the couch or napping in the office in the comfort of the air conditioning, it’s easy to see that both Irie and Tiki really love to be outdoors, especially with us. They love to hang out with us in the house but, the moment they see one of us walk towards the front door, they’re up and ready to go outside and explore their yard. Being outdoors appeals to their instinctual need to explore and participate in the world around them.

This summer, we’re determined to do more with Irie and Tiki to help meet that need of theirs to enjoy nature. We started by creating more cool and shady places for them to enjoy. Tiki loves her elevated cot on the front porch as a cool platform for keeping an eye on her yard.

5 Ways for You and Your Dog to Enjoy the Backyard

Regardless of your summer schedule or budget, make time to enjoy the outdoors with your dog this season! Here are five fun ways you can appeal to your dog’s instinctual love of the outdoors in your own backyard while having a great time yourself–and making memories that will last far beyond the summer season:

  1. Have a picnic. Even the simplest meal can be a picnic for you and your dog! Throw a blanket down in your yard, enjoy the view of your home from a different vantage point, and share a meal with your dog al fresco.
  2. Listen. Sit outside with your dog, close your eyes, and just listen. A dog’s sense of hearing–which borders on a superpower–tunes him into sounds that we often just ignore. Spend half an hour sitting quietly with your dog and appreciating all the summer sounds that he enjoys in this place called home.
  3. Buy a wading pool. Tap into your inner child–and your dog’s inner puppy–and purchase an inexpensive children’s wading pool for your yard. You and your dog can cool off and experience the joy of summer together.
  4. Play hide and seek. Hide and challenge your dog to find you (that probably won’t take long) or up the difficulty level by hiding treats and toys. Your dog’s sense of smell will lead him to the prize.
  5. Exercise together. Besides your daily walks, summer is a great time to move your exercise routine outdoors and bring your dog into the fun! Whether your yoga becomes doga or you opt for dancing with your dog, you’ll enjoy the outdoors and have fun with your dog while you’re doing it.

New Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Foods

Also appealing to our dogs’ instinctual cravings is the new Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK foods, nutrient-dense recipes that Irie and Tiki just love (and ones that I love because I can pick them up when I’m shopping for groceries). The new food comes in two recipes:

These natural foods, made with added vitamins and chelated minerals, are protein-rich and grain-free. With 30 percent protein, the food contains NO grains, glutens or fillers–and NO poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors, colors, or artificial preservatives.

Both varieties are safely cooked in the U.S. and, along with the U.S. farm-raised beef and turkey, feature prime meats straight from the destinations known as world leaders among gourmands:

  • Venison and Lamb from New Zealand
  • Duck from the U.S.
  • Quail from the U.S. and France

Created for dogs of all sizes, both flavors are a big hit in our home!

Another aspect of PEAK that’s a big hit in our house is the fact that this food–like all Nutrish foods–benefits homeless pets. Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue.

Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends!

Enter the #NutrishBackyardWild #Sweepstakes

We know that you love giveaways–so you won’t want to miss the new #NutrishBackyardWild #Sweepstakes – prizes include GoPro HERO Session! It’s a super simple to enter–just follow Nutrish  on Instagram (@nutrish) and share a pic of your active dog using #NutrishBackyardWild and #sweepstakes for a chance to win! Have a look at the great prizes–including prizes for weekly winners!

Grand Prize:

  • Year’s supply of PEAK™
  • GoPro® HERO Session™
  • SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC
  • Fetch Harness
  • GoPro® Floaty

Weekly prizes:

  • 2 free bags of PEAK™
  • FitBark Dog Activity Monitor
  • Chuckit Classic 26M Launcher
  • 12 Tuff Balls — Industrial Strength Dog Toy

Another chance to win!

And we’ve got a super fun prize to give one lucky DogTipper winner, courtesy of Nutrish! Enter to win an indoor agility course for your home! We know that with summer’s hot temperatures just around the corner, sometimes, for all the fun the outdoors brings, we just have to keep the pups in the air conditioning in the heat of the day. This indoor agility course will keep your dog active while you stay cool! Good luck!

About Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • Helga

    My doxie would like to the Open Range formula because he loves beef and venison.

  • Amanda Eagan

    They probably would like them both but if I were buying, I would try the open range for them based on the description

  • Katie

    I am really excited about this giveaway and my dog would love trying the open range formula

  • AP

    My dogs would prefer Peaks Open Range

  • Jennifer A

    Probably the Peaks Open Range

  • C.D

    Peaks Open Range

  • Bianca Munoz

    Open Range

  • Christina Peters

    My dog would love the PEAK Open Range best because he likes Venison & Lamb. He’s a 4 year old, 100 pound, Black Lab/Newfoundland mix with lots of energy. We could really put this great agility kit to good use!

  • Shelley Joy P

    I think my dogs would love the PEAK Northern Woodlands formula best.

  • sandy weinstein

    i would like the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe, my girls love venison. i dont like duck because it has too much fat in it. venison is very lean and great for dogs that have allergies.

  • Theresa Spaid

    The kids would like the Woodlands Turkey, Duck and Quail. They really like bird.

  • Marla King

    I think my dogs would like Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    My dogs would love ALL of the flavors, but I think the Open Range Recipe™
    with Beef, Venison & Lamb one would be their favorite.

  • Fred Holmes

    PEAK Northern Woodlands

  • Laura Cruz

    Peak northern woodlands for sure!

  • Molly Pitcher

    My dogs would love either of these foods. However peak northern woodlands looks extra delicious.

  • SGilbert

    Open range recipe.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    Mine would like the PEAK Northern Woodlands, but they aren’t that picky!

  • Vera K

    I’m guessing he would like the Open Range recipe.

  • Stephanie Phelps

    I think she would love the PEAK Northern Woodlands the most!

  • Sally Gearhart

    My babygirl would definitely love the Peak Northern Woodlands recipe the best! She loves duck and chicken, she’s not a picky eater though.

  • Stacey Roberson

    I think he would like PEAK Open Range Recipe. His current food consist of lamb and he loves that!

  • Marilyn Nawara

    I think my dogs would like the Northern Woodlands Recipe — they love chicken.

  • Angela Billings

    I think my dog would like the Peak Open Range

  • Julie H.

    I think she would love PEAK Open Range, although Northern Woodlands sounds great too.

  • Lisa F.

    I think the open range would be my choice for them. Thanks!

  • Meesh

    I think Izzy would love the Peak Northern Woodlands variety.

  • nickie burke

    PEAK Northern Woodlands

  • Lisa Pecora

    I think Peak Open Range would be favored the most.

  • Lisa Williams

    I think my dog would love the Open Range the most but I know he would enjoy both choices,he likes his food!

  • magentaruby1

    Peak Northern Woodlands would be well liked.

  • Michelle Catallo

    I would go with Open Range; they both sound great though for my fur babies!

  • Big Sky

    I believe my dogs would love the Open Range! Would love to try it for them!

  • Charlene

    PEAK Open Range would be my dog Jack’s choice.

  • Katie Amanda

    Rocket and Holly would love the Open Range Recipe with Beef, Venison & Lamb. They love venison and lamb right now. We’d love to try this food.

  • Dawn Rasor

    I think Murphy & Izzo would love the duck, turkey & quail in the Peak Northern Woodlands.

  • Anne Jackson

    Becca, Leo, Abby and Chica (yes, I have 4 dogs) would like the beef and venison & lamb in Open Range… Thanks! WOOF 🙂

  • Dawn S.

    Peak Open Range Beef, venison, & Lamb

  • Cheryl Aisoff

    I know Sophie would love either, she loves all foods, she hasn’t had foods with quail or venison before

  • Nichole

    We’d love to try the Northern Woodlands recipe!

  • Carolyn Cheek- Massey

    I think my dog would like the Peak Open Range the best. Either would be great.

  • Open range & venison/lamb!!

  • Christine Aiello

    Coco would love the Open Range one for sure.

  • Chantelle Walker

    Well she would love both but Northern Woodlands sounds yummy to me! lol

  • starzine

    PEAK Northern Woodlands

  • Steven Plummer

    Junk would love to have The Peak Northern Woodlands formula of dog food! We live in the Northern Woodlands of New England and he loves it! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5bb8b895ce71ad5618d61ca6502ccf26f1e888227686e04c6a21cbeda65ab7e7.jpg