Activities For Dogs In Illinois On Hot Days

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Introduction

Illinois is a state where the temperatures can soar well into the 90s with humidity levels that will leave you exhausted! This state truly does have dog days of summer and finding activities for your dog in Illinois on hot days is easier than you think. Find a way to cool off by throwing a pool party, wading through a creek or staying inside and playing games. Take some time and come up with a plan to stay cool while spending some time bonding with your pooch. Just because it is hot outside does not mean you cannot enjoy some time playing with your best bud. 

Pool Party

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Pool
Canine life vests
Dry towels
Treats (for people & canine)
Fresh water
Activity description

 Pool parties are not just for people! Many dogs love to spend time in the pool, too. If you have a pool in your backyard, host a pool party for your friends and their dogs. This way your dog can socialize with other dogs and you get to spend time with your friends. Put out some people food and drinks and then have doggy treats and bowls of water on hand for the canines. For safety, you may suggest that the canines that are not confident swimmers wear life vests. Just remember, on hot days do not stay out in the sun for long periods of time and keep a close eye on the dogs as they play. You do not want them becoming exhausted while in the pool. 

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Plan the party
An impromptu pool party should not need a lot of planning. But you will want to provide refreshments for your guests, two legged and four legged. Offer fresh drinking water for the dogs and refreshing drinks for the humans. Snacks are always a hit, even at a pool party. Decide which friends have dogs that would enjoy time in the pool and even friends that do not have dogs but would find this party great fun! When issuing invitations suggest that your friends bring along life vests for their dogs, especially the weaker swimmers.
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Set Up the backyard
Set up a refreshment area for the humans and then a separate one for the canines. Be sure to have plenty of dry towels on hand as well as dog treats. People and dogs are not going to be spending the entire party in the pool so be sure to offer seats and some shade for your guests. Dog-friendly pool toys would also be a hit with the guests!
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Party time
Once you have set up your pool party, you can sit back and relax until your guests start to arrive. After everyone has arrived, it is time to get the party started. Make sure your human guests help their canine companions get comfortable with the pool and set some ground rules so everyone is kept safe during the party. Have fun with your own pooch and set a good example for everyone by following your own pool rules.
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Pool Surfing

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
Pool
Surfboard or Boogie board
Canine life vest
Activity description

Pool surfing is simply a modified version of surfing in the ocean and is a fun activity for your dog if they have a natural interest in surfing. Pool surfing is the best alternative for those living in Illinois where no beach or gnarly waves can be found. You can test their ability before investing in a surfboard for your dog. Aside from purchasing a surfboard for your dog, pool surfing is a cheap activity and keeps both you and your dog cool on hot days. You will want to spend only about 30 minutes at a time actually pool surfing with your dog so they do not become too tired. Give them plenty of breaks and offer fresh drinking water when they get out of the pool. 

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Test your dog's ability
Not all dogs will enjoy surfing; therefore, you should test their ability and gauge their reaction to surfing before you invest in purchasing a board for them. You can use a makeshift board and try ground surfing. Cut a piece of plywood to a size that is big enough for your dog to stand on. Put the piece of plywood on a sheet and then have your dog jump on. Gently pull the sheet along the ground and see how your dog reacts. If they seem to enjoy it, pick up the pace. Dogs that enjoy this form of surfing will probably love pool surfing as long as they know how to swim.
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Buy the right board
Not all surfboards are suitable for dogs. Therefore, do your research to find the right board for your dog. Foam surfboards are the best choice for a more secure grip. Foam boards can be purchased for as low as $99 new. You may be able to find a used foam surfboard cheaper. A boogie board is also a great choice, especially for pool surfing since the board is much smaller. You can also invest in a motorized wakesurfer or boogie board. When shopping for a motorized board, make sure the settings would be suitable for a pool. You do not want the board to crash into the side of pool, potentially harming your dog.
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Spend time surfing
When in the pool, start slow. Put your dog on the board and gently push them through the water so they get used to the motion of the board. Once your dog builds confidence on the board, push the board a little harder for a longer ride. Do not spend longer than 30 minutes at a time in the pool. You do not want your dog to get tired and potentially get into trouble trying to swim. Pool safety should always be followed. After your dog gets out of the pool, offer them plenty of fresh drinking water and hose them down to remove the chlorine from their coat.
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DIY Popsicles

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
10 - 120 min
Items needed
Treats
Ice cube trays or muffin tins
Water
Freezer
Activity description

Many dogs enjoy chewing on ice cubes when it is hot outside and there are plenty of ways to make things a little more interesting for them! Fill an ice cube tray with low sodium beef or chicken broth and freeze, making a very tasty treat or use a muffin tin and put in some kibble or treats and fill with water and then freeze. These treats are a great way to keep your dog entertained and cool during hot summer days. Let them lay in the shade and enjoy a cold treat or put them in a room that is dog-friendly and give them their icy treat. Make sure they cannot put their treat on carpeting or rugs and clean up as soon as they are done.

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Plan the treats
Even just plain ice cubes can be a treat for some dogs, but you will want to make their popsicles more interesting by adding flavors that they enjoy or freezing treats in the middle of the ice cube. Plan out what shape you want the popsicles to be and what treats you want to add. Use dog treats, biscuits or even kibble in the pans, fill with water and freeze. You can even use low sodium beef or chicken broth to make things really flavorful.
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Make the treats
You can use muffin tins, mini Bundt cake pans, chocolate or soap molds or even basic ice cube trays. It will only take a few minutes to fill the trays with treats and water but it does take a while for them to freeze solid. DIY popsicles for your dog can be made and then put in a storage container in the freezer for a quick treat throughout the week.
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Watch them enjoy
Popsicles can be a bit messy and are best enjoyed outside. However, if it is simply too hot to be outside, put them in a room that has easy to clean floors or put them on a beach towel that can be washed after their treat is gone. They will be content enjoying their frozen treat and it will also help them cool down on a hot day.
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Play In a Creek

Playing in the water is an excellent way to cool off on a hot day in Illinois. With the many creeks that meander through the state, there is probably a creek close by your home. Take your dog and explore the banks of a creek and wade into the refreshing water. Keep an eye out for hidden dangers and do not let your dog wander too far from you while in or near the creek.

Enjoy a Sno-cone

Many sno-cone shops also offer flavors that will appeal to your dog. Check around and find one that offers a dog-friendly menu and go for a visit. Order a favorite flavor for yourself and then one for your best friend. Find a nice spot in the shade so they can enjoy their icy treat while you eat your sno-cone.

Conclusion

While the summer heat can be oppressive and draining, there are many ways you and your dog can cool off and relax while spending time bonding with each other. If you think the only way to survive a hot day is to stay inside with the air conditioner on full blast, you are wrong. There are so many activities that can be done outdoors that will keep you cool and be a lot of fun for both you and your dog.