Activities For Dogs In Georgia On Hot Days

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Introduction

Not only can it get very hot in Georgia, it can also get very humid. This means that on hot days in Georgia, it can be a challenge to get motivated to spend time outdoors with your canine buddy. As you know, just because it is hot out does not mean that your pup does not need their physical and mental activity; therefore, it is key to find ways that you and your pup can meet those needs no matter the outdoor temperature. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities that you and your pooch can engage in that will help take your minds off the heat.

Private Pool Party

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Kiddie Pool
Ball or Frisbee
Activity description
When the weather is hot in Georgia, there is an easy way for your dog to cool off; swimming in their own private pool! Using a kiddie pool, you can create an oasis for your canine companion that will be fun in itself, as well as an easy way for them to cool off after another activity. Choose a shady spot for your pool to minimize the heat your dog feels when in the pool. You can enjoy playing with your pup in the water, or relax in a lawn chair while your pal frolics in the H20. You and your dog can even play a game of fetch..in the pool!
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Locate a kiddie pool
Remember those hard plastic kiddie pools from when you were a child? They are still around and a great option for keeping you and your pup cool. Make sure to choose the hard plastic type of pool versus the inflatable version; your pup will easily be able to puncture holes in the inflatable version. You can choose a size of pool based on the size of your dog; for a small dog, choose a small pool, whereas with a larger pup you will want a larger option so they have plenty of room in which to splash or lie down.
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Complete the set up
Once you have the kiddie pool, you will want to choose the best place to get it set up. Where you choose to put it will depend on your preferences; if you would prefer to be sitting in the shade when watching your dog playing in the pool, it is best to set the pool up under the shade of a tree. If feeling the sun shining while your pal is frolicking in the water is imperative, than go ahead and set up your pool in an area that gets direct sunlight. Keep an umbrella nearby though, in case the heat gets too intense. Before you fill your pool with water, make sure to allow your curious pup some time to explore it without water. After your pup has had a chance to get to know the pool, you can begin to fill it with water, allowing your pooch to get used to the water slowly. Start at a snail's pace and add more water as your pup gets comfortable.
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Pool play
Once the pool is filled with water, you can let your dog explore it. It will be fun to watch your pup splash around in the water, whether you are right next to them or off to the side relaxing. Time in the pool can be spent together or your dog can enjoy it on their own. A great way to interact with your pooch when it comes to the pool is for you to play a game with them, like fetch. You can throw the item towards or into the pool and have your pup bring it to you.
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Natural Water Source

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Leash and Harness
Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description
Water is always nice on a hot day and hot weather in Georgia is no exception. So why not scout out some available natural water sources in the state? Visiting a river, creek or lake in Georgia will provide you and your dog a way to cool off, as well as offer the opportunity to explore different areas of the state. Consider how far you are open to traveling and do a little research to find a few places to check out. You and your dog can jump in together or you can observe your pup having plenty of fun on their own. Even if you don't want to be in the water, you can still interact with your pup playing games like fetch.
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Find a lake, river or creek
If you and your pup would enjoy visiting a natural water source, the first thing to do is to choose one that catches your eye and suits your needs. Your options will depend upon where you are and how far you are willing to travel. With a little research, you will find water opportunities available throughout the state. Take some time to learn about your options and choose a natural water source to check out first. Keep in mind features like current, depth and proximity to people.
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Pack the essentials
Once you know where you are headed, make sure to pack the items that you will need. This can vary based on how far away you will be going and the length of time you intend to be outdoors. Make sure to bring your pup's harness and leash, some treats, plenty of water and a water dish. Particularly when the weather is hot, your pal will need a lot of water to remain hydrated. When watching your dog enjoy the cool water, without a doubt you may want to jump in yourself, so bring your swimsuit. Waste bags are also important do that you don't leave a mess for other visitors who will want to enjoy the natural beauty of Georgia.
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Cool off and have fun!
You have everything that you need and are on your way. When you arrive at the lake, river or creek, make sure to exit your car with your dog on their leash. Let them explore while you can be in control of their movements. As your pup gets comfortable with the water and surroundings, you can let them jump in and play as they like. Some dogs are not the best at returning when called; if that sounds like your pooch, you may want to keep them on their leash while you check out the water. If you are comfortable that your dog won't run off, there are all sorts of games you can play together; for example, you can throw a Frisbee or ball for them to fetch in the water, allowing them to be active and cool at the same time. If your pup will be exploring water with any depth at all, be sure to have their doggy life vest on hand.
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Learning New Tricks

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Hot Day
Free
Normal
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Let's face it; sometimes it is so hot and humid out that going outside to get some exercise is not going to happen, either for you or your dog. Of course your pooch will still need some activity or they may go a bit stir crazy and can become destructive. Fortunately, you can use this time to work with your canine companion on some new tricks. This will ensure your pup gets some activity without having to deal with the heat. Not only will this help develop the bond you and your pup have, your dog will get the activity that they need and develop new skills. And of course, both of you will have some fun!

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Research the tricks
Before you get started, you will have to decide on just what you would like to work on with your dog. You may already have some ideas in mind and can go ahead and prioritize those. If not, you can spend some time looking online for things to work on with your dog. There are plenty of things to try, from simple tasks like "sit" and "shake" to more complicated things like the "army crawl". Starting simple may be your best option and you can move on to more complicated activities from there.
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Learn how to train
Once you know what you would like to train your dog to do, you will need to figure out how to do it. The internet will be a great resource for this. Search online for each activity you are interested in teaching your dog. You will likely find written guidance as well as videos on how to train your pup. The videos can be watched as many times as necessary so that you can best work with your dog. You may find it helpful to refer back to them as you progress.
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Get started and make it fun
Now that you know what you would like to train your dog to do and have the tools to do it, you can get started! You will want to be sure to have plenty of treats available so that you can reward your dog. Great options include bacon and bits of cheese, which your dog will love. Follow the guidance you have gained from your research to begin your training. Reward your dog as instructed. Remember that every dog is different; some may catch on quickly while others need more time to get the hang of it. You definitely may need a lot of patience. As your pup masters something, you can move on to the next thing that you would like to train them to do. Make sure to go back to review things that you have already trained your dog to do so that they remain fresh in the mind of your pup!
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More Fun Ideas...

Spend Time on the Water

When it is hot in Georgia, why not spend some time on the water, in a boat or tube perhaps? Your dog may enjoy some time on a boat, canoe or kayak with their person (you!) on a lake or a river, where they can relax and cool off in the water when they choose. Make sure that you have your pup wear a harness in case you have to haul them back into your watercraft! There are plenty of options available in the state - choose what works best for you based on location and water source and have a blast!

Relax on an Outdoor Patio

While this may not best the best way to get physical activity, it is a great way for you and your canine companion to spend time together when it is hot outside. Outdoor patios often have shaded areas where you and your buddy can relax and enjoy one another's company. Many establishments offer dog biscuits and water bowls as well for their canine customers. You can enjoy a bite to eat or a cup of java while chilling with your pup and watching the action outdoors. Chances are that your pup will make some new friends as well while they relax!

Walk in the Rain

Georgia gets plenty of rain during the summer, which will cool the temperature down and lead to nicer weather to walk in. And the rain can cool you and your pup down! Also try walking in the early morning or in the evening when the sun has not fully risen or is on its way down. During these times, you will be able enjoy a walk without feeling the discomfort that comes with oppressive heat. Your dog will surely appreciate your extra effort to ensure that they get the exercise they need regardless of the time!

Conclusion

When it is hot in Georgia your motivation may be low to get outside with your dog and be active. But even when it is hot, your canine companion still requires activity. Fortunately, there are numerous activities that can be embarked upon that will meet the activity needs of your dog without requiring either of you to be uncomfortable. With these ideas in mind, the heat of the summer won't keep you or your pup down and inactive; instead you will have plenty to do together to not just endure, but to thrive during hot weather!