Whew! There are still plenty of warm or even downright hot days remaining this summer. And while that may be great for your beach vacation, it’s far from ideal if you’ve got a four-legged friend to keep exercised and entertained during these long, hot summer days. Yes, getting up early for that morning walk or run is a great habit, but there are still many hours left in the day! Here are a couple of ideas to keep you both moving – and not melting – before we get to fall.
Indoor Dog Park or Doggie Day Care
If your dog is the social sort, this could be just the ticket. An indoor dog park will give your pup the opportunity to run around unleashed, burn off some calories, and maybe even make sone new friends. Do make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date for everyone’s safety. Bonus points, since you won’t have to be standing around in the blazing sun, either. Double bonus points if you find a place you really like. You can keep that one top of mind for when you’re looking for that winter weather indoor play place!
Most pet-centric stores allow you to bring your dog along for your shopping trip. That’s fun for everyone! A car ride and a trip to a store that sells nothing but food, treats and toys?! You’ve got to be kidding me?! Yep, it’s pretty easy and inexpensive entertainment. Unless you just can’t say no to everything your dog takes a fancy to. And now’s a great time to replace some of those worn and potentially dangerous old toys, or maybe even find a new one that can provide some much-needed stimulation during these hot afternoons.
Clean Up Time
Been putting off that bath day? No time like the present to break out the bath toys, suds and stuff, and give your dog a deep down clean. Admittedly, not every dog is a superfan of bath time, but given the right conditions, many dogs will relent to some time in the tub or under the hose in order to cool off when it’s particularly hot outside. This can make bath time a whole lot stressful on everyone involved, and give you the chance to get them really clean. And when there’s less wiggling and wrestling around, there’s generally less mess to clean up afterward. Now that’s what we call a win-win!
Whether your dog is the “water” kind or not, there’s easy fun to be had with a kiddie pool. Inexpensive and easy-to-find this time of year, just plunk one down in the back yard, add water, and let the games begin. You remember how much fun these things were when you were a kid, right?! Some dogs may need some coaxing or instruction on exactly what’s happening here, but it shouldn’t take long for them to figure it out! Want to kick it up a notch? Invite a friend or neighbor dog over for the pool party and cool ‘em all down.
Be safe out there this summer. And remember, if it’s hot for you out there, it’s hot for your dog, too.