The sunshine calls to us even on the hottest days. No one wants to stay cooped up indoors when it looks so gorgeous out of our window. The only drawback is the summer heat. Needless to say, it can be brutal. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend the whole day indoors!
Three Ways to Beat the Summer Heat
1. Time activities in cooler parts of the day
One of the easiest ways to beat the heat is by avoiding the hottest parts of the day. Instead of waiting for the temps to peak, take walks and plan exercise for early mornings and evenings. If it’s too hot to make it outside for a workout, even at these times, try working out indoors with your dog. Play a vigorous game of tug-o-war for a great arm workout. Do jumping jacks in between rounds and then stretch and wrestle with your dog for some added calisthenics. But for the most part, the best part of the day is dawn and dusk during the dog days of summer.
2. Cool down with water and frozen treats
Make sure you always have water and more water wherever you go. Bring extra water and travel bowls anytime you’re spending time outside. Pack frozen water bottles as well as other fresh cold bottles. Also, if you love spending time in your yard, get your dog a little baby wading pool to dip into when they’re getting overheated. This is especially fun if you have children too! And don’t forget to add ice cubes to their water after they’ve been outside.
Most dogs love iced treats just as much as we do. Your dog will probably love having their own version of a popsicle on a hot summer’s day. And the best part of these is that they are super easy and healthy too.
- Frozen Fresh Yogurt Dipped Strawberries
This is the easiest of all treats that your whole family can enjoy on a hot day. Cut off the green part of the strawberry, take a fork and dip the tip of the strawberry in some healthy plain yogurt (nothing sugar-free, Xylitol is LETHAL to dogs). Sit them on a parchment paper covered tray in the freezer for a few hours then enjoy!
- Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Treats
Another easy treat to make for your pup is frozen peanut butter and banana. All you have to do is mix a cup of peanut butter, half a mashed ripe banana and a splash of water together. Scoop them out like cookie dough and toss them in the freezer for a few hours. Soon you’ll have a salty-sweet frozen treat that dogs and humans alike will love.
3. Get them groomed
Make sure to keep your long hair pets groomed and trimmed during the summer. Helping them shed their thick undercoat during the summer will help them stay cool in the hot months. Plus, it will help your house stay free of doggy “tumbleweeds” of fur as they shed.
Summer is definitely the time for fun in the sun. However, it is important to do it safely and think about your activities ahead of time. It can get really hot out there, but with a little extra thought, you can beat that summertime heat!