Activities For Dogs Who Like Ice

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Introduction

It’s solid, cold, and a lot of fun. No wonder your doggo likes ice. Whether they enjoy licking it, eating it, or playing with it, we’re here to share some activities that center on this glassy, chilly gem. It’s cheap and plentiful, and it’s perfect for summertime games, relaxation, and safety. We even appreciate ice in the winter as it covers our lawns and drips from our roofs. Get ready for some ice, ice, baby dog!

Ice Hockey

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Ice cubes
Hard floor
Activity description
We watch it on television, and it looks wild and like so much fun. So, we’re bringing this feisty game to your home, and we really think your pooch is going to adore it. Ice slides, right? If you have hardwood, tile, laminate, or vinyl floor anywhere that’s a bit open in your house (large restroom, kitchen, hallway), then you’ve got the perfect hockey rink. You and your buddy are about to engage in some memorable times. Drop that ice cube, and get to playing. You can even set up goals using some easy peel-up paint tape. Get the family on all fours; everyone can play!
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Size-appropriate ice
The point of ice hockey is to swat and chase the “puck” toward the goal. It’s okay if the ice cube doesn’t fit in your small dog’s mouth. You’re not really interested in them eating the cube. This is more about “keep away.” It’s a fast-paced good time. Your ice-loving dog, big or small, will enjoy chasing the ice on the slick floor.
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Hockey pup
If you have a few players, that’s awesome. Someone can drop the cube, and you and your dog can go after it! Your dog will love seeing the ice fly back and forth. They’ll maybe try to eat it at first, but just spend time showing them how to play. They will eventually get the hang of things.
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Safety & cleanup
Everyone should stay on their knees or bottoms for this game, except for your dog, of course. We don’t want anyone slipping. When you finish the game, pass everyone a few towels you’re planning on washing anyway. Dry the floor for your safety. And don’t worry if you’re alone with your pooch. This game can certainly work one-on-one!
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Pool Cool Down

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Kiddie pool
Ice cubes
Dog toys
Water gun
Freezer
Activity description
Looking for a way to cool down during the summer with your doggo by your side? When we think of ice, we’re often thinking of either harsh winter or those August heat waves that have us wishing for something cold. With the Pool Cool Down, you’ll need a hot day and your furry kindred spirit. They’ll like being in the pool with all their toys and even some ice cubes. So, get ready to bring those scorching temps down with a few easy steps. It’s so important to keep your pup cool and hydrated, and this activity can help with both.
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Round up a kiddie pool
This will keep all the fun contained. And if you have little ones playing along, you’ll be happy to have everyone in a single place. Purchase a kiddie pool if you don’t already have one. You’ll need to use a hose and fill the pool with water. Leave the hose handy because water will definitely be splashed out!
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Prepare the icy fun
We recommend a few things. Place ice cubes in the pool first. They’re fun to chase and try to catch, as they’re really slippery in the water. Also, place some of your dog’s chew toys in the freezer a couple of hours before play time. They’ll love the cool toys on a hot day. You can toss them in the pool.
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Enjoy the cool wonderland
Go a step further and fill toy water guns with ice water. Between the ice cubes, cold toys, and ice water squirting from the toy guns, this will be a cool, refreshing haven for your dog. Involve your friends, and invite their pets over for the good water-filled times. A community cool-off might be just what everyone needs.
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Make "Pup-Sicles"

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
6 hrs
Items needed
Recipe ingredients
Freezer
Small containers for pops
Activity description
It’s not always about eating ice, but sometimes it certainly is. Making “pup-sicles” for your dog will be an activity that you as well as your pet can enjoy. Ice is such a wonderful thing. The freezer is a glorious place, so put it to use when you see that your pooch needs a little frozen pick-me-up. The recipes are easy, and you’ll likely already have the things you need right at home. We won’t say the activity is absolutely free, but we will say it’s cheap because, with just a few ingredients and a little prep, you’re well on your way to a new favorite canine activity!
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Gather the ingredients
From time to time, you might share a human popsicle with your dog, but too much of those can be unhealthy for your fur child. So, you can always freeze water into pops. But if you want to jazz things up, opt for a true pup-friendly sicle. Search the web for recipes, but common ingredients are things like applesauce, yogurt, and dog-safe peanut butter.
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Wait for it... and taste!
You can taste, too! Who knows? These may be the best popsicles you’ve ever tasted. Leave the liquid in the freezer for several hours or overnight (follow recipes). You can use ice trays or cups and craft sticks or small skewers to construct the pops. You might even have some molds; you can make frozen dog treats without sticks. Those count as pup-sicles, too!
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Share the love
Talk with your friends and see if they have any cool pup-sicle recipes to share. You might even come up with a few of your own, depending on your dog’s favorite fruits, veggies, and other snacks. Just be sure the foods are, indeed, safe for your little buddy. Invite canine pals over for playdates, and break out these cold, delicious refreshments asap!
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Snow Day

You can’t control the weather, but if you have snow and it’s safe to play, then head outside with your dog for some freezing, icy fun.

Ice Pack Rub-Down

During the summertime, it’s especially important to keep your dog safe. As you pet your pup, place ice packs on their head and even under their armpits (legpits?). If they love ice, they’ll love this! Be careful not to leave the ice packs on too long though, just a few seconds at a time will do!

Conclusion

Ice is kind of perfect for any season. You can eat it, lick it, crush it, slide it, spin it, and chase it. You can even float with it! The sky’s the limit when it comes to considering all the activities centering on simple ice. Stay cool in the spring and summer, and even have some indoor fun during autumn and fall. When you’re bored and looking for some sparkling magic, you don’t have to look far. Your freezer holds the answer!