Activities For Dogs In Indiana On Hot Days

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Introduction

Indiana isn't a tropical state but it can still get sizzling hot on a midsummer day. You and your dog both need to get some activity instead of just sitting around in the air conditioning. But it's too hot to go for a run and you don't have any initiative to move very far. Don't worry, Hoosiers, there are plenty of ways to get some exercise and mental stimulation even when the heat's on. You and your fur buddy can find lots of interesting games to play indoors or out and make summer fun, even in the hottest weather..

Backyard Water Park

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
45 min
Items needed
Dog Toys
Hose
Treats
Kiddie pool
Activity description
Create a backyard water park and watch your dog enjoy themselves. This is fun for them and you. The water is cooling and soothing and your dog can exercise at the same time. It's easy to do by filling up a kiddie wading pool, setting up some sprinklers, and allowing your inner child to come out and play. Remember how much fun you had as a kid when you got to play in the hose or run through the sprinkler? You could play at those games for hours and your dog will probably feel the same way about them. Don't let your dogs have all the fun. Put on your swimsuit or shorts and a top and get in there and get wet with them. It's cool!
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Pool set up and frolic
Pick a spot to set up the pool where it's flat and convenient to fill the pool. Add a few inches of water to the pool. Also set out a sprinkler and attach it to a hose. Test it to make sure you've got it hooked up correctly and the water comes out in a good flow. Then, turn it off until you're ready to use it for fun time. Some dogs love the water and you won't be able to keep them out of it but others will take some coaxing. Start by getting in the pool yourself. Scatter a few of your dog's favorite rubber toys around and sit there playing quietly with them. Encourage your dog to come on in, but don't force your dog to get in. If you have patience, more than likely the dog will jump in and test the water on their own.
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Sprinkler time
Turn on the sprinkler and watch your dog's reaction. Some dogs will love the idea of playing in the sprinkler and will immediately try to bite the water and get up to other mischief. Other dogs may be intimidated by the spray of the water. If you run through the water yourself and tell your dog to come, you'll probably have a pal in the sprinkler with you in no time. A game of fetch in the sprinkler makes for lots of fun, too.
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Diving for doggie goodies
Back to the pool. Now it's time to bring out the treats, toys, or ice cubes. Have your dog stand outside the pool as you toss a goodie into the pool. Give your dog the signal to get the treat and turn them loose to try to catch the treat. Some treats float and others sink. Your dog will soon figure out the best way to get the treat. Dogs often enjoy ice cubes in the water as well. They float and can be harder to catch than some things, but the cool reward is worth the effort.
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Cheap
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45 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Now it's time to move the action inside where the air conditioning is. This is a fun game that lets your dog test his senses of smell and hearing. All you need is a few treats to reward your dog with or his favorite toy for a few minutes of play. If your dog doesn't obey the command stay well, you may want to bring a partner in on this game with you. Your dog will love winning this game. They are natural hunters and will sniff you out just about every time. Don't be surprised if this soon becomes one of your dog's favorite games.
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Get everyone in position
Have your dog stay in one room. If they don't obey stay, then have someone gently hold your dog in place. You then go into another room and hide in a closet, behind the couch, or someplace else where you can't be seen. Be sure to take a treat or toy with you so you're ready to reward the dog when they find you.
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Search time
When you've hidden yourself, call your dog. Have the handler release your canine so they can come and search for you. Call "Find me' every thirty seconds or so. Your dog will be on the hunt to discover where you are as soon as they are given permission to take off.
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Reward time
When your dog successfully uncovers your hiding place, reward them heartily. Good job! Give your clever dog a treat or play tug-of-war with the toy for a couple of minutes. As your dog improves at this game, make it harder to find you. You might even try going upstairs or down to the basement.
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Frozen Treats

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Small Containers
Fruit, Yogurt
Activity description
This is more of an activity for you and a delight for your dog. Your dog will love the results, though, even if you do all the work. Not only is this a way to help your dog cool off but it's also a good way to sneak some extra nutrition into their diet. This is easy to do and you can even make smoothies for your dog. They'll not only love the coolness of the treat but they'll also love the crunch. It's an affordable way to cool your dog off and some of the recipes are great for humans, too.
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Assorted fruit
You'll probably have a hard time keeping these on hand because the whole family will be dipping into them. Just cube some chunks of seedless watermelon or cantaloupe, toss in some blueberries or strawberries, and even some banana slices. Don't use grapes because they are toxic to dogs, but you can choose almost any other fruit. Put the fruit in a plastic bag and freeze so you have a tasty cold treat whenever you or your dog want one.
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Pupsicles
These cold, refreshing treats will soon become one of your dog's favorites. Just put a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, four cups of orange or apple juice (no sugar added), and one banana in a blender. Whirl them into a smooth mixture and pour the blended ingredients into an ice cube tray or molds. If you don't have a blender, mash the banana and yogurt together and stir in the juice. Your dog won't care how they look, just how they taste.
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Chicken broth pops
Did you have roast chicken for dinner? Don't throw away that carcass. It will make delicious broth that you can freeze into frozen treats for your fur babies. Put the chicken carcass in a large pot and cover it with water. Simmer this for an hour and a half. If you've got leftover peas or carrots don't be afraid to throw those in as well. When it's simmered long enough, discard the bones and save the meat, cartilage, and broth. Pour into molds or ice cube trays and be ready to watch your dog enjoy this tasty treat. By the way, it's best eaten outside.
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More Fun Ideas...

Sunrise Walk

The coolest hour of the morning is usually at dawn, just as the sun is coming up. That's the best time to enjoy the sparkling dew and the beauty of the sunrise.

Drive-In Movie

This is a great activity to do if you happen to have a drive-in movie not too far from home. The film takes place in the evening so temperatures are cooler and you can all enjoy the air. Many drive-in theater owners realize that part of the pleasure of visiting a drive-in is that the whole family, including your pooch, can enjoy the outing.

Conclusion

It may be hot in Indiana but Hoosiers will always figure out a way to stay cool. Whether you visit a dog friendly park or head to a lake for some water activities you can enjoy the beauty of Indiana even when the temps are soaring. Indiana offers many activities where dogs are welcome and you and your fur baby should get out and enjoy them.