Activities For Dogs In Idaho On Hot Days

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Introduction

When the weather is hot, it can be hard to figure out how to get your pup the activity that they need. This is no different in the state of Idaho. While the state enjoys a variety of temperatures throughout the year, when it is hot in Idaho, it is HOT.  Fortunately, there are activities that you and you pup can participate in that will meet their (and in some cases your) activity needs even during the hottest of days in the state. In addition, you and your pup will enjoy the opportunity to spend time with one another, further developing your relationship.

Private Pool

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Hard Plastic Kiddie Pool
Frisbee or Ball
Activity description
When it is hot out, a little water is great for helping your dog keep cool. No matter where you live in Idaho, it will be easy enough for your pup to access water; you can set up their own private pool! A kiddie pool can be placed anywhere in your yard and filled with water to a level that your dog is comfortable with. Your dog can splash around in the pool on their own or you can join in on the fun. In addition to enjoying the cool water, you can play a game of "fetch" with your buddy, throwing a Frisbee or ball over the pool for them to catch.
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Setting up the pool
The first thing you will need to do is acquire a kiddie pool. Make sure to find one made of hard plastic; your dog can easily tear the material of an inflatable pool. The size of the pool will depend on the size of your dog; should you have a small dog, a smaller pool will work just fine. Next, find the best spot to place your pool. When the weather is particularly warm, a spot with plenty of shade (for you and your pup), is likely preferred.
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Fill-er up
Once you have placed the pool where you want it, let your dog check it out. This will help your dog get comfortable with the pool before there is water in it. After they spend some time exploring it, go ahead and fill the pool with a small amount of water and again let your canine companion take a closer look. Continue to fill up the pool as your dog show that they are comfortable with the water level.
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Play time!
Your pool is in the perfect location and has the right amount of water. Now what? It is now time for your canine companion to enjoy themselves. Let your dog play in the water and feel free to join in. The pool will help you cool off as well! The pool can be a stand-alone activity or a way to cool off after another activity in the hot weather. As your pup becomes accustomed to the water, you can add a game of fetch, throwing a ball or a Frisbee to them while they frolic in the water.
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River Splash

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Ball Or Frisbee
Leash And Harness
Waste Bags
Water and Bowl
Treats
Activity description
Idaho is home to numerous rivers located throughout the state. Fortunately, this means that when the weather is hot, it will be easy to access a natural water source in which to cool off. You and your dog can take a nice walk, jumping into the river to cool off, or just enjoy some time in the cool water together. An active pooch may enjoy a game of fetch in the water, where a Frisbee or ball can be thrown their way in the water for them to catch. No matter how how it is in Idaho, you and your pup are sure to revel in the respite of the cool water of the river.
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Choose a river to visit
You may have a river right near where you are in Idaho or you may need to drive a little bit to get to one. As rivers are present in nearly all parts of the state, you likely won't have to drive too far to get to one. Check out a map of the state; your options will depend on where you are and how far you are willing to drive. You and your pup can enjoy your time together, regardless of which river you decide upon. Keep in mind safety factors and the dog-friendly aspect of the location.
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Pack for fun
Before you head out, you will want to pack up a few things. Waste bags will be important, so that your pup does not leave a mess. A ball or a Frisbee can be fun to have along; as your pup gets used to the water they may be interested in playing a game of fetch, either inside or out of the water. Make sure to bring a harness and leash; you might want to take a walk along the river with your pup and a harness is helpful should you need to grab your canine companion from the water. Some treats for your pal and a snack for you are good to have as well - you and your pup may really enjoy yourselves and want to stay awhile!
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To the river!
Each trip to the river can be a little (or a lot) different. Depending on the temperature, you and your pal can enjoy a walk along the river before jumping in to cool off. When it comes to entering the river, every dog will react differently. Some may run right in and start to swim, others may dip a paw in tentatively. Give your dog a chance to explore the river at their own pace. If your pup seems timid, you can always show them the way by getting into the river yourself and showing that it is safe and fun!
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Training Time

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

On the days in Idaho when the weather is hot, it can be hard to motivate yourself to take your pup outdoors and be active. Fortunately, there are opportunities for you to help your pup meet their activity needs without leaving the comfort of your air-conditioned home. For example, you can work with. your dog on learning new tricks, which will provide your pup with both mental and physical stimulation. While this will likely take patience on your part, you and your companion will enjoy your time together as you further develop your bond with one another.

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Choose your tricks
Perhaps you have some tricks in mind that you would like to train your dog to do. If not, you can always search on the internet for ideas. There are the basics: "sit", "stay", "roll over," and "find it", for example. And of course there are tricks that are more involved. It is likely best to start simple and as your dog masters the easier tricks, you can move on to more complication ones. Once you have chosen a few tricks to start with, you are ready to get going on this activity.
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Utilize training resources
Now that you have a few tricks in mind to work on with your pup, you can start learning exactly how to work with your dog to learn the tricks. You will find plenty of resources online that will help you in your endeavor; this includes videos as well as articles that you can read. When watch videos, you will be able to review the recommended steps more than once until you are comfortable with them and ready to try them with your pup.
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Time to train!
Now that you have some tricks in mind to teach to your pal and have done some research on how to go about conducting the training, it is time to get started! You will want to be sure that you have some treats available that you can give your dog as rewards as they work hard to master new skills. Try some bacon or bits of cheese; they make great motivators! Follow the tips that you learned during your research and begin working with your pup. It is likely any videos that you have watched will give you with guidance on just when to provide your pup with a treat. Keep in mind that some dogs catch on more quickly than others and that it is important that you have patience with your pooch. As your dog masters an activity you can move on to the next one. Make sure to go back to earlier activities to refresh your dog's memory!
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More Fun Ideas...

Sunrise and Sunset Strolls

When the days are hot in Idaho, you and your dog can exercise and still beat the heat. How? By enjoying a walk at sunrise and sunset. At either time, the sun won't be shining brightly, meaning much cooler temperatures than you would experience an hour after sunrise and just before the sun sets. Planning your walks around these times will ensure that you and your pup can get outdoors and do the things that you love without having to endure the hottest temperatures. An added bonus is the peace and quiet you and your pup will enjoy during these hours.

Kayak, Canoe or Tube Fun

During hot Idaho days, being close to (or in) water is a great way to ensure that you stay cool. So why not jump in a kayak, canoe or tube with your pup and enjoy some of the natural water sources in the state? First, let your pup explore the watercraft on dry land. Once they have become comfortable with it, you can give it a try with your pup when in the water. Make sure that your dog wears a harness; should your pooch decide to dive on in, this will make it easier to pull them out. It is important that you not tie your pup to the watercraft, as you don't want them to be trapped if it overturns.

Chill Out On An Outdoor Patio

When the weather is hot and you feel a bit lazy, why not just go with it? Rather than trying to be active all day, you and your pup can enjoy some chill time. There are plenty of cafes and coffee shops that have outdoor patios that welcome canine customers. Not only is your dog invited, but the establishment will often offer water for them to drink and even dog biscuits. Relaxing on an outdoor patio is a great way for you and your dog to spend time together while not having to be particularly active; a nice option during hot weather.

Conclusion

Don't fret if the weather is hot in Idaho. It turns out that warm weather opens the door to a variety of activities with which you and your pooch can engage; some of which will be great for you and your pooch to cool off. Your pup will be able to meet their activity needs while also being able able to further their bond with their special person. When keeping these activities in mind, hot weather in Idaho is not something to dread; instead you and your pup may find that you look forward to hot days in the state.