Activities For Dogs In Wyoming On Hot Days

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Introduction

Summer in Wyoming can bring brutal weather like intense summer storms and dry, hot days that soar into the 90s or higher. During these dog days of summer, dog owners are always looking for activities for dogs in Wyoming on hot days to keep their canines active without giving them heat stroke. This state is home to many different kinds of pups including working dogs that manage sheep and cattle with their owners and small pet pooches who prefer air conditioning to running outside. With so many different dogs, there are a number of activities that will keep you cool on those hot, hot days.

Lake Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Duck decoy or water toy
Towel
Activity description
One of the best activities for dogs in Wyoming on hot days is to find a pond or lake and go for a swim. When the mercury starts to rise, nothing cuts the effects of oppressive summer heat that a dip in an icy cold lake fed by mountain snowmelt. Wyoming has many beautiful lakes that are perfect for humans and canines to cool off in the refreshing water. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day out of it, or head out for a quick lunch-break dip to get some extra energy for the long day of range work ahead.
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Find your lake
Check local maps, outdoor stores, or search on the internet to identify different lakes nearby to go for a swim. Read the rules and make sure dogs are allowed during the summer. Some areas are off-limits to dogs year round while others have designated spots for four-legged swimmers or special hours for dogs to roam. It's important to respect the rules so dogs continue to be allowed in public places.
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Stay cool
When you have your spot picked out, head to the water. Make sure your dog waits for your command to jump into the water. You can wade in with them to stay cool yourself. Make a splash by tossing a floating decoy, a ball, or even a stick into the water and watch your dog swim out to retrieve the item. They will excitedly return and wait for you to throw it out again.
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Rest up
Even if your dog is spending time in the water, it's still easy for them to tire themselves out and get dehydrated. Be sure they are drinking enough water, and if they don't like drinking from the lake, bring their bowl so they have plenty of drinkable water available. Don't let them play in the water for more than an hour without taking a rest. It can be easy to overdo it on these oppressively warm days in Wyoming.
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Aquatic Workout

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
40 min
Items needed
Indoor hydro pool
Doggy life jacket
Leash
Activity description
For dogs who need to get in shape but aren't interested in going outside during the hot summer months or have physical limitations, hydrotherapy is one of the best alternative activities for dogs in Wyoming when it's hot. Many people think of hydrotherapy as just a tool for rehabilitation, and it works wonders for dogs in recovery, but it can also be a fantastic way to get an out of shape pooch some weight loss and muscle definition without worrying about overexertion and heat stroke when the temperatures get hot. Hydrotherapy can be incredibly helpful for obese dogs who need a little help getting in shape.
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Find a hydrotherapy center
Look up possible hydrotherapy centers near you. If you live near Lander, you can take them to Hydrohounds. Otherwise, check with vets and local pet shops to see if there is a pool that deals specifically with swimming dogs. In Wyoming, you may find aquatic horse centers that will let you or a vet swim with your dog.
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Aquatic workout
When your dog arrives, they will be given a special lifejacket and introduced to the pool. Depending on their individual needs and fitness levels, pool time can last between a half hour to one hour. Some places will alternate between swimming with the dog and light massage that helps their muscles and joints loosen. The alternating time in the pool will give your dog a great low impact workout, give them confidence in the water, and keep them from wilting in the Wyoming summer heat.
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Make it a habit
Hydrotherapy for your dog has cumulative effects. Your dog will receive the most benefits if you have a consistent schedule. If weight loss is the focus of the sessions, going several times a week will help your dog shed the weight without the impact of running on the ground or the worry of overheating in the summer. It's also a great way to get older dogs or dogs with any issues or mobility problems to move on a regular basis. Work with your hydrotherapy expert to come up with the best schedule for your dog.
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To The Mountains

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Hot Day
Free
Normal
3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Extra water
Doggy Waste Bags
Dog backpack
Activity description
In the middle of a Wyoming summer, it's not just dogs that need to beat the heat, their owners are also looking to escape the high temps. One of the most popular activities for dogs in Wyoming on hot days is to head for the hills. This state is known for the beautiful and rugged mountain ranges that challenge hikers and climbers alike. There are plenty of hiking trails and alpine lakes that will take you up out of the valley heat and into the cool mountain air. Wyoming dog owners know when the heat is oppressive, it's time to head to the mountains.
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Find a trail
Your first order of business is to find the perfect trail. Many beautiful and well-maintained trails in Wyoming will lead you up into the crisp mountain air and even lead to beautiful and pristine mountain lakes. Dogs are not allowed on all trails, especially in National Parks like Grand Teton or Yellowstone, so check the dog regulations before you go. Forest Service trails are generally dog-friendly, but it's always good to be sure.
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Pack for success
Make sure you pack everything you need before you head out. If your trail does not hike by a stream or river consistently, it's important to bring water for your pup. You can invest in a good hiking backpack for your dog so they can carry any extra water weight, bowls, and snacks. Bring a first aid kit that can serve you and your dog in case you have a mishap on the trail as well as extra food and snacks for you both. Now you're ready to hit the trail.
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Start your hike
When you're all packed, it's time to go to the trailhead and start hiking up, out of the heat. Take it easy as you climb in elevation because it will still be hot for the first few miles. Take plenty of breaks and check on your pup to be sure they are feeling ok and not overdoing it in the heat. As you climb up and start to gain views, the temperature should drop too. Enjoy the fresh mountain breezes and the beautiful scenery that Wyoming has to offer. If your hike ends with an alpine lake, don't be afraid to jump in for a chilly dip with your pup.
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Night Walk

When it's too hot to walk during your normal hours, switch your daily walks to a later time. In Wyoming the nights tend to cool off significantly, so lace up your shoes for a pre-bed walk and escape the heat.

Doggy Spa Day

When it's too hot to play outside with your dog, why not treat them and yourself to a day of beauty at the doggy spa. A cool bath and a nail trim will make them forget about the hot inferno blazing outside.

Conclusion

Finding activities for dogs in Wyoming on hot days is never difficult. With plenty of water opportunities for swimming and mountains to escape the heat, Wyoming dog owners have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to find cool escapes to keep their pups happy. Though summer doesn't last too long, the heat waves can come on strong and the dry air means dog owners need to be watchful that their dogs are drinking water and not overheating. Sometimes that means jumping in an alpine lake for a cool swim and a long drink, while other times it means finding something to do in the air conditioning.