As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we all start to imagine how we’ll spend our time in the hot summer months. We start to imagine exciting romps at the beach or lazy afternoons napping in a hammock. And the summer can be even more fun when you have a furry companion by your side! While some dogs are made for being your big adventure companion, here are some good activities to bond when you or your pup are tired from the heat.
Make Frozen Treats
There’s nothing quite like a frozen popsicle or an ice cream bar to cool you off in the summer heat. While you probably don’t want to give your dog or cat these human snacks, that doesn’t mean your pet can’t have a frozen treat to cool off from the summer sun.
Take some of your pet’s favorite snack, blend it up with some water, and freeze it to make an ice pop for your pet. If you have a cat, you can use tuna, or even some wet cat food. Your dog might enjoy chicken, hamburger, or some other meat. Even smaller herbivorous animals can enjoy a frozen delight made from blended up carrots or other vegetables!
Pull Out the Camera
You already know that your pet is adorable, but why not share that with the world? Take advantage of the longer days and warm weather to take your pet outside for a photo shoot. You don’t have to put an unreasonable amount of effort into it. It could be as simple as taking your dog to the park and getting some shots of him her exploring the outdoors or just taking some close ups of him as he naps in the shade. Take a moment to shower some extra affection on your dog or cat and bond with him as you record some special memories.
If you want your shoot to be a little bit more complicated, think of some particular locations that would work with your pet. If you have an indoor cat or dog, you can still have a photo shoot indoors. You’ll just need to focus more of your energy on close-ups and less on action shots. Feel free to use props, but keep your pet’s comfort and safety in mind.
Cool Off in the Water
If you think that you get hot during the summer, imagine what it must be like for your pet in a permanent fur coat! In hot areas like Las Vegas inground pools are a great way for pets who have trouble getting around to take an opportunity to cool off. If your pet is less mobile, an above-ground pool might be a bit too difficult to navigate, but an inground pool might be just what they need.
Many public pools have a no-pets policy, so if you’re not fortunate enough to have access to a private pool, or your pet isn’t comfortable with that much water, there are other ways your pet can still cool off and enjoy the water. Your pet may have just as much fun chasing the sprinkler in your yard or even drinking out of the hose,
Visit a Nursing Home
While it’s great to enjoy the outdoors during summer, your pet may not be able to endure the heat or have trouble running around outside. You might consider taking your pet to visit some humans who don’t always have the opportunity to get outside as much as they’d like. Look into visiting a local nursing home with your furry friend to bring a smile to their faces.
Before bringing an animal to any nursing home, be sure to check with their administrators to find out if animals are allowed. As much joy as your pet may bring, some nursing facilities have strict guidelines regarding pets, and you don’t want to take your pet somewhere he or she is not welcome.
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