Activities For Dogs In Ohio On Hot Days

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Introduction

It can get pretty hot in Ohio , with temperatures in July reaching the mid-eighties to ninety degrees. Factor in any humidity and well, you and your pooch will definitely want to do your best to keep cool! If you are worried about how you and your pup can remain active on hot days in Ohio, it turns out that you don't have to be.  You will find that there is no shortage of ways that you and your pup can remain cool and spend time together while still ensuring that their activities needs are met.

Bow Wow Beach

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Frisbee or Ball
Towel
Water
Activity description

On a hot day, a trip to a lake is a great way for you AND your pooch to keep cool. Located in Stow, Ohio, Bow Wow Beach is a 7 1/2 acre dog park that is fenced in and that surrounds a 5 acre lake. In addition to the refreshing water, the park includes grassy areas, shady areas and spots where your pup can soak up the sun. There is even a small dog section where little dogs can play without worrying about larger canines. Pet waste stations are available throughout the park and the double gates ensure your pooch's safety as you enter and exit. An extra bonus is the large wash basin and hose that is located at the entrance/exit to the park. You can rinse your pup off before you leave, keeping the mess in your car to a minimum!

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Plan your visit
You and your canine companion can visit Bow Wow Beach anytime it is convenient for you; so start planning a trip! Because of the lake, as well as available shade, you don't have to shy away from a mid-day visit. Once you have a time that works for you and your pup., take a ride and get ready for some fun with your dog!
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Pack for play
Just what do you need for a trip to Bow Wow Beach? Not much, it turns out. Waste stations are available so you don't have to worry about bringing waste bags. A leash is good to have so that you can ensure that your pup gets safely from the car into the park. Treats are always good to have so that you can reward your pooch for good behavior and distract them when necessary. Bring along a ball or a frisbee so that you can engage your pup in activity. Water is also important to ensure that your pooch remains hydrated. Finally, bring a towel. The hose at the beach allows for you to rinse off your pooch; you can dry them with a towel before heading back to your car.
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Have a blast!
Upon arriving at Bow Wow Beach, enter through the double gates with your pup. Once inside, you can let your pup roam around and check things out. If your pooch is small, you might want to take them to the small dog area to play. Where your dog will gravitate will depend on their interests; for a dog that loves to swim, the lake will be very attractive. For other pups, putting a paw in the water will be sufficient. If your pooch needs some help getting going, engage them with your frisbee or ball. While your pup romps around you can relax on a bench in the shade, while keeping an eye on them. Once your pup has run (or swam) some energy out and enjoy some relaxing time in the sun or shade, give them a good rinse before heading to your car.
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Salt Fork State Park

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water and a Bowl
Waste Bags
Ball or Frisbee
Treats
Activity description
Located in eastern Ohio in Lore City, Salt Fork State Park includes forested hills and open meadows, along with valleys in which streams flow. Ohio's largest state park, Salt Fork State Park has 17,229 acres of recreational facilities. In addition to hiking trails, the park also offers a dog park that is fenced in around the lake. This means your pup can cool off in the lake, perhaps after a hike on the park's trails or a game of fetch. Plenty of grass is available in the park, along with a walking trail and picnic shelters. Sufficient parking is available, making it easy to access.
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Make a plan
If Salt Fork State Park sounds like a match for you and your pup, plan a time that works for you and your canine buddy to visit and have some fun. Consider what you would like to do at the park as that will impact what time you want to arrive. If you are planning to hike on one of the park's trails, make sure to factor that into your planning. If you intend only to go to the dog park with your pooch, you may need less time for your visit.
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Bring water and more
It is always good to bring water along so that you can make sure your dog does not get dehydrated. Waste bags are also a key item to take with you so that you can clean up any after your pup. A frisbee or ball are good to have along so that you and your eager buddy can play a game of fetch. Make sure to have some treats; these will be good for rewarding your dog's good behavior and to distract them if necessary. Also important is to bring a leash so that you can be sure that your pup is safe from the parking lot into the park.
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Explore the park
Once you arrive, it is time for you and your pup to explore the park, enjoying one another's company as well as the park's smells and sights. Allow your pup the time they would like to sniff their surroundings. How you spend your time at Salt Fork State Park will depend on your plan, as well as what your pal likes to do. For water-loving dogs, plan to spend some time at the lake, where your dog can cool off and get some energy out!
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Kayak The Bay Ltd.

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Life Jacket
Water and Bowl
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Located in Put In Bay, Ohio, Kayak The Bay Ltd. offers kayak rentals on South Bass Island in Lake Eric. With your kayak, you and your pup can explore the beach at East Point, paddle to Middle Bass Island and see glacial grooves or kayak to where you can view beautiful limestone cliffs. Kayak The Bay Ltd will provide instructions and safety tips to ensure both your and your pup's safety. Make sure to NOT tie your pup onto the kayak; should the kayak overturn, you don't want your pooch to be stuck. If you have concerns about your dog's ability to swim, have them wear a dog life jacket.

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Plan your experience
If a kayak trip in Lake Erie sounds appealing, start to plan the adventure. How far you will need to travel will depend on where you are coming from. Keep the distance in mind as well as what time you want to arrive and how long you plan to kayak for when planning what time to leave for Kayak The Bay. Research the area ahead of time; knowledge is key not only for enjoyment but for safety.
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Prepare for the adventure
Before you depart, you will want to be sure you have all that you and your pup will need during your adventure. A life jacket for your pup is a good idea, particularly if you are not confident in your pup's swimming ability. Bring along some treats to reward your pup and distract them when you need to. If your little swimmer is particular when it comes to water (and might now drink the lake water), bring fresh water and a bowl so that you can be sure your pup gets the water they need. A leash will be good to have so that you can get your dog safely from your car to the adventure!
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Time to play!
When you arrive, go ahead and rent your kayak. If your pup has not been on a kayak before, it may take some time for them to get comfortable with the idea. Make sure to give them time to explore the watercraft while it is on land. This will allow them to be comfortable before you head out on the water together. Once you are on the water, you and your pup can take in the area's beauty while enjoying one another's company. On a hot day, the lake may be appealing to both of your for a quick swim to cool off!
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Indoor Agility Activities

Does it feel too hot to be outdoors? Not to worry; you and your pup can bring the activity inside. Agility activities are a great way for your pup to get the physical and mental activity they need while you have quality time together. Come up with a few activities that you would like to work on with your pup and then collect the items that you need. Start with one activity and begin with the basics. If you choose to work on a jump, for example, start low and increase the height as your pup completes each jump. Make sure to reward your pup with a treat each time they complete the activity. There are many activities that you can work on with your dog and you can even link them together to create your pup's very own agility course!

Throw A Private Pool Party

Water is definitely nice for cooling off on a hot day. If you and your pup are feeling lazy and not looking to go far, you can create a private pool party for your pup without leaving your yard! First, obtain a kiddie pool and choose a place for it in your yard. The size of the pool will likely depend on that of your dog. A far as where to put it, shady spot is likely preferable, as it will allow you to keep cool while your pup plays. Then, fill the pool with water. Some pups will jump right in while others will want to test the water and slowly increase their comfort level. Regardless, sit back, relax and watch your pup party in their pool. Feeling warm? Go ahead and JOIN your pup in the fun!

Swim At Splash Your Pup

Located in Dayton, Ohio, Splash Your Pup is a year-round swimming and dock diving pool that has been created especially for dogs. The pool includes advanced filtration systems so that the amount of chlorine used is minimized. The temperature of the pool is maintained at 82 degrees which is great for arthritic joints. This pleasant place to cool off does require reservations so make sure to call ahead of time so that you can be sure that there is space for your canine companion. First time visitors must have a one-on-one evaluation with a trainer which can be scheduled when you call. 

Conclusion

Does it get hot in Ohio? It sure does! But there is good news for those (human and canine) that are concerned about beating the heat. Hot days in Ohio will not stop you and your pup from having a good time. You can spend time together and be physically active in many places throughout the state; including your own home and yard. Many places offer water which is essential for your pup (and perhaps you) in order to help you stay cool on a hot day. So don't panic when the warm weather is coming or if you have an unexpected hot day; there is plenty of fun to be had!