Activities For Dogs In Louisiana On Hot Days

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Introduction

"Laissez les bons temps rouler!" This is a French term (most often used by Louisianians, particularly the "Cajuns" of South Louisiana) meaning "Let the good times roll!" This is the attitude concerning life that many Louisiana natives hold dear.  It is the state motto, and it exemplifies the joy of living that most Louisianians practice daily.  Certainly, if the human natives of Louisiana enjoy life, you can be assured that they make their dog's lives just as entertaining. Louisiana pups can often be found as companion dogs, but, some breeds will join their human family while out hunting and fishing, taking a trip to the dog park, or they may join their humans at one of the many pet-friendly restaurants in the Pelican State.

Dog Park Outing

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
leash
treats
Activity description
Louisiana boasts a number of fantastic dog parks throughout the state. In fact, almost anywhere you go across the Pelican State you can find a fun place to spend time with your pup. Taking time to go to a dog park has many benefits for your dog. A dog that is given ample opportunity to socialize will learn how to behave, not only with other dogs, but also with humans. Socialization is a process that should begin as soon as your pup has completed all vaccinations. Also, most dog parks provide an area for your pup to get some great exercise, particularly if you happen to be an apartment dweller or otherwise do not have a large enough yard for your dog to run and play.
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The Dog Levee
Located on Magazine Street in New Orleans, The Dog Levee is a great place for your pup to run and play. The park is described as a large, grassy field with wide open spaces which allow your dog to enjoy running. However, if your dog has not completed full training (learning to sit and stay or come to you on command), you might want to keep your dog leashed as there are no fences around the park.
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Bark Du Lac Dog Park
This dog park is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which is west of Baton Rouge, LA. This is a decently-sized park featuring areas for walking your pup and sand for those pups who love to dig. The park also features a water fountain which is accessible to the dogs. However, there are no obstacles for the dog to play on. But, if you want a great place for your pup to socialize in West Louisiana, this is the place.
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Shreveport Dog Park
Located in northern Louisiana, the Shreveport Dog Park is a great place for your dog to get out and run. Furthermore, the park features a "shy dog" area for those pups dealing with socialization issues. The park features a pond, and dogs are encouraged to dig in sandy areas. Owners must clean up after their pets as a strict rule, so be prepared with doggie waste bags.
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Tracking Challenge

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Sunny Day
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60 min
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For many families, hunting with deer dogs is a time-honored tradition. However, one need not go on an actual hunt to be able to practice tracking with their dog. Tracking can be a great form of exercise for your clever companion. There are many tracking events that dogs and their owners can participate in, or you may choose to set up impromptu tracking sessions with you as the "prey." Either way, you can utilize your pup's need to track down prey while providing your dog with an outlet for great physical exercise as well.
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Prepare to track
Do you own a hound dog or a Beagle? Harness their ability to scent by teaching them to track. You can do this indoors or outside. Remove all potential distractions, such as other pets or people. Choose an object for your dog to track. A ball is perfect for training. Some experts recommend playing fetch with the dog in order to get the pup excited before training.
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Teach the game
If you plan to use a ball for training, put the ball about six to eight feet in front of the dog (dog should be in "stay" position). Your dog should stay in this position as they watch you put the toy down. Put your dog's leash on. Guide your dog to the toy while saying "Find it." Then, lead your dog back to the starting (stay) position. Have your dog drop the ball at that point. Praise them for a job well done!
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Practice makes perfect
You may need to repeat this several times, repeating the verbal commands, allowing your dog to go after the toy without the leash on (and without your guidance). As they begin to catch on, hide the toy in places they cannot see, such as inside an overturned box. As your pup returns to you with the toy, praise your dog and reward with a treat. Soon, your clever dog will be ready to go outside and "track" outdoors.
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Lakefront Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
60 min
Items needed
leash
doggie waste bags
Activity description
The Lakefront Park in Mandeville, Louisiana possesses waterfront play areas along Lake Ponchartrain that both you and your dog can enjoy. The splash pads are a great way for kids and adults alike to cool off, while the shore along Lake Ponchartrain is open to dogs and humans alike. Dogs are also welcome in the gazebos along the beach, where you and your pooch can set up a tasty picnic after playtime. All dogs are welcome at the Lakefront Park, and it is highly popular with locals. However, one should note that doggie waste bags are a necessity when in attendance.
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Beach area
The beach area of Lakefront Park is set up for both children and pets. While the kids play on the splash pads, you can take your pal for a walk along the shore of Lake Ponchartrain. Walking in the sand is great low-impact exercise for both you and your dog.
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Make it a picnic
Once you and your dog have had some fun in the sun, head over to one of the many gazebos to cool off in the shade. While you cool off, set up a picnic area for you and your pup. Even if you don't quite feel like enjoying a meal, the gazebo is a great place to get some water and rest between play times.
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Meet friends
The Lakefront Park in Mandeville is free to the public. Because it is dog-friendly, many dogs and their owners utilize the spot for recreation. However, socialization is also to be had at the Lakefront Park as well. However, keep your pup leashed until you know exactly how they will interact with others.
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Swimming

Swimming is always a favorite pastime in the sultry heat of the Louisiana bayou. Be aware of the surroundings. Swimming in areas teeming with alligators or other reptiles is not recommended when one brings Fido along, or at any point for that matter.

Fishing

Louisiana is known for shrimping, alligator harvesting, and for catching crawfish. Certainly, a Labrador Retriever or a Blue Heeler will enjoy joining their owners for a boat ride as you participate in these activities. Be sure your dog wears a life vest.

Conclusion

Spending time with your pup on a steamy Louisiana day does not have to include staying indoors! Certainly, the best time of the day to play outdoors in the Bayou state is during the early morning or late evening hours. However, should you take your pup swimming or boating, any time of day will suffice! Be sure to take plenty of water, and watch your pup for signs of heat distress. Otherwise, "laissez les bon temps rouler"!