The blazing sun and sweltering heat of the summer can make anyone second guess going outside with their pets. However, outdoor exercise is an essential part of your dog’s daily routine.
Enjoying the great outdoors will decrease anxiety and influence weight control, which will prevent diseases such as diabetes.
Before You Go Outside
Summertime can be fun, but it can also be dangerous for your pet if you haven’t prepared ahead. When engaging in any outdoor exercise or activities, it’s important that you keep your dog safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind before heading outdoors with your pooch.
Have Extra Water
Whether you’re going for a walk or taking a trip, keeping your dog hydrated is imperative during the summer months. Always bring extra water with you, especially for long walks or trips. It may also be a good idea to keep bottled water and extra bowls in the trunk for impromptu outings.
Don’t Leave the Dog in the Car
For a moment, stop and think about the last news story about a child left inside a hot car. Remember how upset you were about the child’s suffering and think of your pooch as a child. Every summer, hundreds of dogs die because owners leave them inside of the car, even with the windows rolled down.
A car parked in direct sunlight can reach up to 172°F in the summer. When traveling with your dog, try to make minimal stops. This prevents your dog from having to be in the car alone and you from forgetting they’re in the backseat.
Know the Signs of Distress
Summer months can be brutal for both humans and pets. It’s important that you recognize the signs of heat distress in your dog. Your pooch may be approaching a heat stroke if you notice any of the following:
- Excessive panting
- Pale color
- Sudden Weakness
If your dog begins to vomit, immediately take them to a cool place and give them plenty of water.
Five Outdoor Summer Activities
No one wants to do the same old boring things day after day. Shake things up this summer by engaging in one of these five outdoor summer activities with your dog. These activities are sure to get you and your pooch moving!
Splashing around with your furry friend is a great way for the two of you to beat the heat together. Whether you’re taking a dip at the pool, lake, or in the ocean, swimming is an awesome workout for you and your pooch. Swimming offers a cardio workout for you and your dog, which is vital for your heart.
Before high noon ruins your day, grab a backpack, fill it with water bowls and bottles, and go hiking. Hiking allows you to enjoy nature’s wonders while you and your pet get in your daily exercise. Be sure to grab your dog’s Tether Tug to keep them entertained while you stop and take in Mother Nature.
Visit the Beach
Bring your dog to the beach for a day of Oceanside fun. Pack your towels, beach balls, Frisbees, food, and plenty of water. Beach day gives Fido the opportunity to interact with other people and dogs, which is important.
You can also create obstacle courses or play catch as a way to increase stamina and strengthen your dog’s leg and back muscles. If possible, try to visit a beach that has minimal leash restrictions so your pet can have the freedom run, jump, and play.
Go to The Dog Park
If your dog is well-trained and spayed, take them to your local dog park. Interacting with other canines is important to your pup’s emotional and social development. It’s also an opportunity to allow them to run around which is excellent for their cardiovascular health. To avoid the miserable heat, take your dog in the early morning or evening hours when it starts to cool down to reduce the risks of heat stroke or other heat-related illness.
When searching for a dog park in your neighborhood, be sure that you know the leash laws and the size of the park. Remember, not all dogs get along. Get your dog acclimated before taking them off of the leash at the park.
Set Up a Backyard Obstacle Course
Use old furniture, wood, and wading pools to create a backyard obstacle course. An obstacle course is a fun way to teach your dog new tricks, as well as keep them in shape. Have courses that include jumping, catching, and running to help build stamina and speed. A backyard obstacle course will keep your dog entertained and avoids you having to travel to far from home.
Tether Tugs are fantastic tools that can be used in any backyard course. The setup is minimal and they allow your dog to independently play with their toy without waiting for you to pick it up and throw it. Tether Tugs range in size and are perfect for either large or small dogs of any breed. Before you set up your obstacle course, order one today.