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You know it’s summer when Eat See Hear begins and you can take your dog to the movies.

Eat See Hear brings outdoor movies, food trucks and live music to venues all around Los Angeles from May 4 to Sept. 14.

These aren’t first-run movies, but they are beloved classics like “North by Northwest,” “Casablanca,” the Coen brothers’ “Fargo,” “Thelma and Louise,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and the terrifying horror film “Get Out.”

Great venues throughout L.A.

You can see movies at the Santa Monica Pier, ROW DTLA, the Rose Bowl and the North Hollywood Recreation Center, among others. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m. and the movie at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $8 for children and range up to $21 for “fashionably late premium seating.” Fees apply.  In some areas, you may have to pay for parking — unless you’re very, very, very lucky with street parking.

The food trucks vary from event to event but run the gamut from BBQ and burgers to pita and felafel to lobster rolls and hot dogs — and the ubiquitous tacos. There are plenty of dessert offerings, too: pudding, cupcakes and ice cream.

Take your dog to the movies

Best of all, you can take your dog to these events. There are even free dog biscuits at the front entrance. Just be sure your dog is friendly, behaves well and stays on a leash.

These are crowded, noisy, distracting events so keep an eye on your dog and his or her comfort level. Don’t forget to bring water, a bowl, something soft for your dog to lay on and extra poop bags.

Schedules are subject to change on short notice, so be sure to check the website before you leave home with your dog.

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It’s hotter than an Elvis Presley hound dawg these days.

Bobbing for hot dogs is just the kind of cool dog games to fight summer heat. All it takes is a tub, some cool water and package of hot dogs, cut up.

The size of the tub and the amount of water should vary with the size of your dog. Sporting dogs — retrievers and spaniels, for example — take to this like ducks to water.  You can make the water deeper for them. Small dogs will need shallower water. If your tub has see-through sides, all the better.

It’s officially summer. Let the beach fun begin.

If you’re a dog looking for leashless freedom and frolic, there’s only one place in Los Angeles County to go:  Rosie’s Beach.

The 2.9-acre zone was established in 2003 and named “Rosie’s Beach” in 2010 in honor of Rosie the Bulldog, who inspired its creation. Justin Rudd, the founder of The Haute Dog (prounounced “hot”), pushed for the creation of the beach on behalf of his two bulldogs, Rosie and Riley.

If you do bring your dog here, remember that at the end of your visit you will have a wet, salty and sandy dog, so be prepared.  Dogs that run and play in the surf or chase toys will ingest a lot of salt water.  Be sure you bring plenty of fresh water for them to drink.  Salt water can also make some dogs nauseous.

After your romp in the surf, take a break at Chuck’s “Home of the Weasel,” a tiny coffee shop.  There’s even a groomer next door if you want to take your dog home clean. And the Weasel? That’s two scrambled eggs smothered in Chuck’s famous chili and topped with chopped onions and shredded cheese. Bring Tums.

Keep your eye out for special events that are scheduled at the beach such as So Cal Corgi Beach Day.

The Details:

Location: Along Oean Boulevard between Roycroft and Argonne avenues.  Metered parking is available in a lot at Bennett Avenue.  This is actually closest to the dog beach area. Be sure to bring lots and lots of quarters.

Hours: Daily from 6 an, to 8 p.m. except during special events or during poor beach conditions.  Note that in the afternoons, wind blows sand inland.

Dining options: Chuck’s Coffee Shop, 4120 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803.  Telephone: (562) 433-9317. Casual dining at bargain prices from 630 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..  No credit cards accepted. Outdoor patio for patrons with dogs.

All the normal rules of a dog park apply — pick up your pooch’s poop, don’t leave your dog unsupervised and be sure your dog is legal in terms of licensing and shots.

When I first heard of Treibbal, I had low (as in subterranean) expectations that Fido would have any interest in this new dog sport. Not that Fido isn’t smart and trainable; he has a file full of Dog College certificates to prove that he is.

The problem is that Fido has only one context for balls: possession. Not fetching. Not giving. Just “Mine!”

Treibball, on the other hand, is about following cues to go to one designated ball out of eight and push it into an enclosure. The process is repeated until all eight balls are in the enclosure within 10 minutes.

Never heard of Treibball? Think of soccer for dogs . . . Or herding without the sheep. Dogs of any size, age or breed can enjoy the sport. But here’s a better way to get a taste for Treibball.

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