Dogs and the warm weather
Our friends over at Dog Training Secrets say the sunshine can be a great and beloved thing, but sometimes, we really just want to cool off. We can’t forget our well trained puppy too! With their coats of fur, it’s easy for them to become dehydrated or overheated. However, there are numerous ways for you and your dog to beat the heat and keep cool together in the warmer weather…and have loads of fun doing it!
What can I do with my dog in the warm weather?
Dog Friendly Activities
While the heat can be such a pest, we can still do many activities with our dogs in the warm weather. One option is to simply enjoy a nice, icey treat with your dog. You can typically purchase “doggy” ice-cream or Popsicle at your local store, if not…there are endless easy recipes online to make cold treats for your pup!
Find a shady spot, grab a Popsicle for yourself, and bring your canine friends treat along with you! Bringing along some icey water for you and your dog is also a wonderful idea! Not only will your dog will be over the moon about this tasty treat, but it will also help to hydrate your pup…and hydrate you in the process! Remember: hydration is key in the warmer weather. Another way to keep you and your pup busy in the hotter days, is to go for a refreshing swim! If you own a swimming pool, your dog might love to swim alongside you. However, some smaller dogs just might want to be held in your arms to cool off, rather than to actually swim. If you don’t own a pool, all hope is not lost! While public pools typically frown upon bringing your furry friends to their pool, there are many other options for some fun in the water! With just a quick online search, you will find numerous “doggy” pools for sale. Your dog will love to hang out with you while he’s wading in his very own pool. Also, don’t forget that you can simply use sprinklers and hoses! Get some exercise with your pet by running through the sprinklers together, or simply get creative and play around with the water hose! Most dogs love boat rides and lake trips.
If you can, find a nearby lake that allows dogs on the premises, and go fishing with your pup! While you use a rod, he will probably use his face. Dogs love to go into the shallow area of the lake and look around for fish. What could be better than a relaxing day at the lake with your best furry friend? On warm days where the sun isn’t too hot, the park is a dog approved place to visit. Throw a frisbee or toss a ball around with your pet. Just be sure to bring lots of water and to stop the activities when your dog seems to be getting tired. Experts suggest that the best playtime is in the morning or evening. However, they do not suggest humid weather or right after your dog has eaten.
What else should I know about dogs in warmer weather?
In the warm months, it’s most important to keep your pup safe! When bringing along your dogs in the hotter months, be sure not to leave them alone in your car. Even if it is a cloudy day, experts express extreme caution as the clouds can reflect heat back into the car. Experts also say that even with a cracked window, the car may still get too hot for living things. As mentioned, dogs can get dehydrated quickly so always have water in hand. Another pesky thing about the warmer weather are all the mosquito, ticks, and fleas that like to attach themselves to your dog. Timely trips to the vet will help in the prevention of these pests. Keeping your pup healthy is one of the best things you two can do together in the warmer months!
As you can see, there is just so many fun and refreshing activities that we can do with our favorite dog friends in the warmer weather!