During the summer, there are so many fun activities you can do with your dog, from road-tripping to hitting the trails to running through sprinklers. Summer can be hard on both us and our furbabies with how hot it can get, though. This can make it challenging to find things to do that help your dog beat the heat. Challenging - but not impossible.
There are all sorts of creative ways you can spend time with your pup this summer while avoiding the risk of heatstroke. We’ve talked about ways you can keep your dog safe in the heat in our previous blog. Some major takeaways that we’ll mention here too include: never leaving them in a parked car, limiting exercise on hot days, and always ensuring that they have access to shade and water.
With the proper precautions and a bit of creativity, you and your dog can enjoy the summer months to their full potential. Here are some of our favorite summer activities to help your dog beat the heat and have a blast. Let’s dive into it!
As a dog parent, one of your first ideas on how to help your dog beat the heat is probably to take them swimming. And that’s a great one! Not all dogs enjoy swimming, but most love to splash around in the water, so keep your pup’s comfort levels in mind when making plans. Some dogs would adore a day spent at a dog-friendly beach while others would prefer to play in a kiddie pool in your backyard.
If you’re convinced your furbaby was a fish in a previous life, they’d probably love going to a lake or ocean or even a dog-friendly pool. Getting your dog fitted for a doggie life jacket is always a good idea, even if they’re a confident swimmer. This is especially important if you plan to take your pup kayaking, SUPing, or on a boat with you. Always supervise your pup when they’re in the water, as you don’t want them swallowing too much and suffering from water intoxication.
If your dog isn’t a fan of swimming, they could still enjoy flopping around in a kiddie pool or running through sprinklers. While playing in the water is a good way to help your dog beat the heat, you never want to force your dog into something they don’t like. If they’re not a fan of water, there are plenty of other fun summer activities you can do with them that you’ll both enjoy.
Everyone loves a cool treat in the hot summer months, furry companions included. You can make both sweet and savory options for your pup. Whenever making any kind of treat for your dog, always ensure that you use things that are safe for your pup to eat. If ever you have any questions about whether or not it’s safe for your pup to eat something, it’s always a good idea to check in with your vet about it.
For sweet options, you may use peanut butter and fruits. For a more savory delicacy, you may use broth and some vegetables. Puppy popsicles are such a fun way to help your dog beat the heat, and you can use them as part of your training or to teach them tricks too.
Dogs generally aren’t allowed in normal movie theatres, but some drive-ins are dog-friendly. You’re generally expected to either keep your pup in your car with you or to keep them on a leash. You can pack some treats and blankets so you and your pup can get some premium cuddle-time in while enjoying the movie. Since drive-in movies are generally at night, you can get out of the house when it’s not so hot out.
Of course, you want to ensure that you bring water with you to help your dog stay hydrated. Collapsible water bowls are great for this. You also want to make certain that your pup is comfortable with car rides before doing something like this.
If there isn’t a dog-friendly theatre near you or it’s just too hot to go out of the house, you can still enjoy a movie night at home. Turn on the AC, ensure your pup has a plush dog bed to lounge in, and spend some quality time together.
There are so very many ways you can help your dog beat the heat and stay happy and healthy all summer long. Here at Little Teton Doodles, we love helping dog parents find new ways to bond with their pups. If you’re looking for ideas on how to enjoy the summer with your pup, don’t hesitate to contact us!