Dog Play Ideas When It’s Hot Outside

It’s hot outside baby.

It is dangerously hot outside and your dog is driving you crazy.  What in the world are you going to do?  Here are a few activities to keep yourself and your pooch happy and cool in the heat.

Wet and Wild

What better way to spend a sweltering day than to splash around with your pooch. Kiddie pools are an inexpensive and fun solution to any hot day.  I keep one filled with fresh water on my deck all throughout the summer.

Kiddie Pool Capers

Some dogs take to a kiddie pool right away while others are a bit hesitant.  Simply throw a few of your dogs favorite toys in the pool filled with a few inches of water and let the dog test the water on his own. Go ahead and sit in the pool yourself and calmly have fun with the dog toys.  If you are patient and do not force your puppy into the water, he will eventually jump in.  Experiment with toys that float and toys that sink and play a game of fetch with a pile of different toys.  My dog’s favorite toy in the pool is a big hard plastic ball he cannot fit his mouth around. He will kick it around like a soccer ball in the water for hours if we let him.

My dog also likes fishing for ice cubes in his pool of water. I am not sure if he likes crunching the ice cubes or pushing the floating objects down in the water with his paw more.

Filling the pool is often a fun game in itself for my dogs.  Grom just loves biting the water as it comes out of the hose.  Go ahead and set up some sprinklers in the yard and run through them with your pup. Splashing around on a hot day can be lots of fun!

Freezing Fun

Keeping an active dog calm even in hot weather can be quite a challenge.  Sometimes our working dogs just don’t know when to stop putting them in danger of overheating and bloat. Why not combine the quiet-calm activity of bone chewing with a little bit of cooling joy? You can get really creative with different shapes of frozen treats.  I like to freeze different sizes of ice cubes using rubber muffin tins, paper cups, rubber bunt cake molds, and more. Be sure to fill your mold with something delicious to chomp on. Ingredients may be:

  • dog food
  • dog treats
  • peanut butter
  • low sodium beef or chicken broth
  • tiny hot dog pieces
  • low sugar yogurt
  • blueberries
  • carrot pieces
  • anything else your dog likes

Be sure to avoid ingredients toxic to dogs including onion, grapes, and chocolate.

Go on a Cool Field Trip

Who says you have to stay home when it is hot outside? Pile your pups in the car, turn on the air conditioning, and go to a cool place. If you live near the ocean, look for a dog friendly beach to visit.

If there is no ocean nearby, go find a nice lake, shady forest, or stream.  Both of our dogs enjoyed riding in our canoe or even balanced on a kayak in a shady part of the lake.  Be safe, buy your dog a life preserver with a handle on the back to fish your dog out of the water in case he goes overboard. Stay out of he sun.  It can be hotter on the water than on land.

Indoor Icing

Perhaps the safest thing to do for your dog and yourself on a hot day is crank up the air conditioning and have a bit of fun indoors. Don’t think being stuck inside limits your options of fun.

Buy a big bottle of bubbles and watch your dog chase and bite the floating orbs all over the house.

Try setting up an indoor agility course using broom sticks, boxes, sheets, step stools, and furniture. Have fun luring your dog through the course with yummy treats and encouragement. Teach your dog to search for his toys by hiding them around the house.

If you do not like the idea of your rough rover climbing all over your furniture, try teaching him a new trick with a clicker and treats.  The variety of things your can teach your dog are endless!

Have a Hound Hangout

Are you bummed at being in the house alone?  How about inviting all of your doggie friends over for a puppy party?  Search the internet for dog friendly cake recipes and make a hot hound cake.  Many pet stores now sell frozen yogurt made for dogs to include with the cake. Play puppy games, share toys, dress up in silly clothes, take pictures, blow bubbles, and splash around in the kiddie pool together!

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3 Responses to “Dog Play Ideas When It’s Hot Outside”

  1. Awesome post and great advice!

    • Share your ideas and I will add to the post!

      • Our approach is threefold:

        1 — Bring Freyja to places with A/C, like pet stores or any other business that allows dogs. We try to introduce her to as many new places and people as possible this way.

        2 — Lakes. We’re very lucky because Freyja likes swimming and playing in the water more than almost anything.

        3 — Cheat. The only thing Freyja likes more than swimming is going to Doggie Daycare. When the weather is just crazy hot and we don’t have time to do all the other things on the list, we just drop her off and let her play until she’s exhausted in their nice air conditioned facility.

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