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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.