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!
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.
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!
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!