Activities For Dogs In Alabama On Hot Days

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Introduction

Raise your paws in the air if you think it’s a scorcher! We’ve officially entered our longest season in the Southland. Alabama experiences summer from about late April all the way to mid-November. That’s almost seven out of twelve months, well over half a year. So what do we do with our dogs when they’re longing to be outside? We’ve got to keep them cool and safe, that’s for sure. Even though air-conditioned homes are comfy, it’s high time you took your dog out into the blazing sun. Let them get the exercise and fun that they need.

Bark for Bubbles

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Bubbles
Activity description
Ruff, ruff, ruff: Three barks for the game “Bark for Bubbles!” Ever noticed how your dog loves to chase things? I’m sure you have. They’re always after squirrels, butterflies, and frogs. It’s just that floating across power lines or through thin air that gets their attention. They want to catch what’s moving, what’s on the run. Well, bubbles are just the thing. You can keep your pooch entertained in a contained area so that they’re not running off into busy streets or into the woods. And they’ll love spying the bubbles, jumping up to catch them, and running to keep up with the clear, iridescent globes.
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Buy the bubbles
If you can’t find these at your local pet store, try ordering them online. You should have your bubbles in a few days, and you can then enjoy all the bubbly fun! This a great gift for a puppy Easter basket or birthday box. They’re going to love it, so put it in your shopping cart and know that you’re doing a good thing when you do. (P.S. They even make a bubble machine and bacon-scented bubbles!)
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Use that magic wand
You won’t have to teach your furry kindred spirit how to play this one. It’ll be all instinct. And it’s so much fun to watch their little heads tilt as the bubbles come to life. Dip the wand and blow those magic bubbles into the air. This activity is great any time of the day: morning, afternoon, or evening.
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Invite the whole family
This is a great family activity for sure. You can invite other dogs to play along, or let the children join the fun. They might like to blow the bubbles themselves or run around with their four-legged family members. It’s sure to produce many hearty laughs and plenty of “unFURgettable” memories.
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Bass Fishing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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12 hrs
Items needed
Fishing Poles
Live Bait or Lures
Doggie Life Vest
Dog Food and Treats
Doggie Waste Bags
Activity description
One of Alabama’s most famous and beloved summertime activities is being on the water. And we have tons to offer in the area of bass fishing. Some of the largest bass in the country are caught in these parts. Don’t you know that dogs love being a part of this exciting pastime? It’s so much fun for them to wake up early, hear the word “go,” and get to ride with the windows down on the way to the lake or river. They’ll be so alive throughout the day as you fix your poles with bait, cruise in the boat or rest on the riverbank, and even take a little break and swim!
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Prepare
Set your clock to rise bright and early. If you’re making a day of it, be sure you have packed plenty of food, water, and snacks for both you and your pet. See that you head to bed at a decent hour with your pup so that they’re ready to hit the dusty trail at dawn. Have your boat hooked up and your fishing gear prepared ahead of time.
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Let them sniff
Let your pooch spend the day sniffing. When you roll the windows down or speed across the water in your boat, let them sniff. When you bait your hook or reel in a big ole green bass, let them sniff. When you pull out the fishing adventure snacks, let them sniff. It’ll be a day they’ll treasure because of all the unique smells along the water.
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Be careful
Watch your dog closely. You don’t want them to bite into any of your hooks and lures. That could absolutely ruin the day. Also, check your local pet store for a doggie life vest. Swimming breaks will be necessary on the hot days, so protect your companion. They may tire out quickly, so a life vest made specifically for them will allow them to relax and float. Finally, watch for wildlife that could potentially harm your cutie-pie canine. (P.S. Pull to shore for occasional potty breaks if you’re in a boat, and always clean up after your pet.)
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Water Balloon Blast

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Water Balloons
Activity description

Your sweet dog will either love this game or hate it. You will see that water really dulls the popping sound a balloon makes, though, so if your puppy hates balloons, they still might like water-filled ones! It’s worth a shot, especially on a hot day when water is the only answer. It’s so steamy in Alabama sometimes, and the number one way to cool off is to play in the water. This is a fairly inexpensive way to entertain your pooch during those blazing summer months when all they want to do is get outdoors and have some fun.

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Purchase and fill-up
First, remember to pick up some water balloons while you’re at the store. These can usually be found in the party aisle or the toy section where the water guns and pool floats are sold. When you get ready to play, have another family member help you fill up the balloons outside: someone should fill, and someone should tie the balloons off. If you’re headed to a park, make sure you’re away from others who might not like a soaking, and be certain to clean up the balloon remnants.
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Release the popper
Allow your dog to run out and find the water balloons. More than likely, they’ll be curious right off. You probably won’t have to show them how to pop the balloons. With either their teeth or their paws, they’ll get the job done. You can look up YouTube videos of plenty of furry friends enjoying this very activity.
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Fetching option
Once again, this will be a definite “yes” or “no” from your pup. Most of us know that when we’re playing fetch, our dogs begin running before we even launch the Frisbee or ball. This time, aim for them or an area nearby. When the balloon lands on their snouts and teeth or either in the grass, the balloon will burst. Your pooch will get a cool shower in the heat. It’s an ironic sort of fetch, as your dog won’t return with anything. Be careful that your puppy doesn’t swallow any balloon remnants. Like we said, it’s great to have an extra family member or friend to help with this activity.
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Wading the Creek

If you live near a creek, this is a great little adventure that lets your pup cool off and exercise. Let them wade in the water, splash, and sniff all the interesting smells. Just be careful. Slithery, poisonous creatures love to sunbathe in the sun and cool off in the water as well. If you know of a park with a clean and accessible creek, that might be ideal.

Evening Stroll

When it’s hot in ’Bama, it’s super hot. Try taking your dog for a walk in the evenings instead of in the mornings or during the heat of the day. Your dog will appreciate the cooler night air. They also might be less distracted as everything grows quiet.

Conclusion

Whatever you do as the days heat up, just keep your dog hydrated. They’ll have so much fun in the sun, but it’s your responsibility to make sure they’re watered. It’s a good idea to cool them from the bottom. A cool, wet towel placed on their tummy will let their body temperature settle back to normal. Hot days don’t have to be miserable. Much fun awaits. Just stay safe as you play with your little guy or gal!