Dealing with HOT summer days like I am today? It's 99 degrees here in Minnesota, whew!
Here's a few of my favorite ways to stay busy, cool, and mentally active with your dog on those hottest days:
1. Interactive treat toys! These are GREAT to use with part of your dog's breakfast, and they're really mentally fun for our furry friends to figure out. There are different levels of difficulty; I will put a few examples below, simply click on the photo to take you to the item if you'd like to look further at one.
2. Frozen treats! Making some fun, healthy treats in the freezer is a great way to cool off your wagging friend in the heat.
Our favorite: ice cubes! Simple and so fun. You can plop them in the water dish too for some bobbing for ice cube fun, though it's recommended to do this outside as my pup likes to get things wet when she does. :)
Other fun options: frozen banana slices, frozen pumpkin or watermelon cubes, frozen veggie pieces
3. If your pup is still struggling to stay cool while resting, a cooling mat or bandana can be helpful. The self-cooling ones that don't require water or electricity are best:
Hope these fun tips are helpful for you and your furry friend!
One final note...
BE CAREFUL walking your dog in this kind of heat! The pavement and sidewalk can get so much hotter so fast; you don't want to burn your pup's paw pads. This is a good rule to go by: if the back of your hand can't rest on the pavement for 7 seconds, it's too hot for your pup. Here's a diagram showing why...
Struggle with nice walking with your dog? Doggies sometimes love to pull. Learn more about what to do about that here.