August 27, 2021
With each season comes an opportunity for new adventures with your dog. Whether it’s the dead of summer that brings heat waves, summer storms and bugs, or a blistering cold winter that could leave you and your pup feeling itchy and dry, there are still plenty of games you can play together, inside or out.
When it’s hot outside, it’s important to keep you dog protected. That protection could be from hot sidewalks, dehydration or overheating, or seasonal irritants. If your dog suffers from allergies, plan to give your pup an immune boost before going outdoors, with delicious cheese-flavored Ready Pet Go Allergy + Immune Chews.
We’ve compiled a list of some really fun activities that will keep your dog enriched and having fun, inside or outside. By the way, these aren’t in any particular order. All of them are great ways to keep you both happy and help you beat the heat.
Scent work is an activity that you can try out indoors or outdoors and allows your dog to practice what they do best, sniffing. You can set up a simple DIY starter kit for scent work and your dog will be ready to move on to more advanced work in no time. If you’re looking to start off differently, you can also try hiding some kibble and treats around the house and in the backyard.
Bobbing for apples might be a fun Halloween tradition, but bobbing for kibble is a great way to provide enrichment and stay cool. You can fill a bucket or a kiddie pool with water and sprinkle in kibble or other dog-safe goodies in the water, and watch your wild thing go.
Sprinklers provide great enrichment for your dog. Grab a sprinkler, or a few, and set them up in your yard to let your playful pal run and snap at the water until their heart’s content. Consider finishing off with an outdoor bath while they’re already soaking wet. The fun in the sun and water will help you both stay cool.
If your dog loves water and has good joints, dock diving is a great way to get out and get active. All you need to try it out is a body of water for your dog to dive into, and a floating toy to retrieve. If your dog has a knack for the sport, consider learning more and maybe even looking into competitions!
Dock diving isn’t the only good way to get out and active with your dog. Check out your local dog club and look at upcoming classes! Think about your dog’s strengths and consider other sports, like agility or disc dog. Socialization will be great for your dog and learning something new will be fun for both of you too. You’ll typically need to complete your dog’s Junior Basic (or equivalent) level obedience course and then a sport level will be available next.
Hide-and-seek is another indoor hit, and a great way to teach your dog to find things around the house. Distract your dog, hide, then call your dog and see how long it takes for them to find you. If you have another human partner to play with, try switching things up and having your partner ask your dog to find you. You can also play this game by hiding your dog’s favorite toy and asking them to find it.
This is less of a game and more of an activity for you and your best bud. Dogs love cold things and there’s lots of delicious and nutritious things you can freeze for them to munch on. Cube some watermelon and freeze it, stuff a Kong with chicken and rice or banana and toss it in the freezer for a few hours before serving, or try out some DIY pupsicle and soft serve recipes. Your dog will love it, and these are also great ways to provide enrichment and cool off during crate time.
Any excuse to spend time with your pup is good one -- even better if it’s an activity that’s not only fun, but also stimulating and lets your dog really exercise those natural instincts. Just remember, if you’re hot, your pup is hot. Have fun and play safe!