Activities For Small Dogs On Hot Days

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Introduction

When it comes to fun in the sun and your beloved dogs, size does not matter! Big or small, every pooch can have a dogtastic day in hot weather. Since summer is finally here, why not get some of that Vitamin D whilst having a great time with your four-legged friend? What’s the difference between big and small dogs when it comes to hot days? Well, for starters, they can get pretty hot pretty quickly, so choosing the right activities is a smart way to prevent that.

Bobbing for Treats

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
30 minutes
Items needed
Laundry Washbowl or Kiddie Pool
Hot Dogs
Trash Bags (optional)
Towels (optional)
Activity description

Remember when you were a kid and you did apple bobbing around Halloween? Well, this one is pretty similar, only instead of apples you’ll use other water-resistant dog treats, and instead of you, your dog will be the bobbing champion of the day. Small doggos will have loads of fun bobbing for cut up hot dogs in the cold water, and you will enjoy watching them try to fetch them all. You can use other treats as well, just make sure they don’t dissolve in the water. Since your dog is small, using a kiddie pool might be too much, so an average laundry washbowl will do just fine. 

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Prepare the essentials
First off, you need to gather your resources. Get your washbowl or a smaller kiddie pool ready, meaning, washed properly and inflated if needed. Fetch some dog treats. You can use bite size hot dog pieces or any other dog treats that can stand the test of time in water. Finally, fill that container with cold water! You can even add a few ice cubes to make the water a bit colder, and your pup will probably love bobbing for them as well!
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Find a good spot
If you live in a house with a backyard, you are set since you have a place for your washbowl/kiddie pool. If, however, that is not the case and you live in an apartment, there is a solution. Water proof your floors by lining them with cut up trash bags and towels over them. This way, you are making sure that your washbowl does not slide across the floor and that all possible splashes are caught if they happen.
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Get bobbing!
Get your lovely doggo and let them go crazy! Your pooch will try to catch all the treats in the washbowl without getting soaked and will cool off due to the cold water in the bowl. Spice things up by swirling your hand around the water and making the treats move more, which will surely make this activity even more fun for your companion.
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Cool Sprinkling

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Hot Day
Moderate
Easy
30 minutes
Items needed
Sprinklers or Garden Hose
Backyard
Activity description

To prevent heat stroke both for yourself and your small doggo, why not have some backyard fun with the sprinklers, or, alternatively, a garden hose? This game is as old as time, as you probably remember playing with sprinklers when you were a kid, running around the backyard with your siblings and cousins and trying to run away from the water. Therefore, you will probably enjoy it as much, if not more, when you do this with your beloved pup. All you need is a garden hose or sprinklers installed in your backyard, running water, and the dog! After that, it is just a matter of running, sprinkling, and cooling off!

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Get the supplies
If you do not already own them, buy some inexpensive (or expensive) sprinklers or garden hoses. If you’d like to have more control over the splashes, garden hose might be a better idea, but ultimately it is up to you which one you choose. Install the sprinklers or connect the garden hose to a tap, and half the work is already done!
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Enjoy!
Get your lovely pupper and start having fun! If you are using sprinklers, run around the backyard with your dog and try to catch all the water fountains the sprinklers provide, and if you are a garden hose person, go crazy! Swing the hose over your head, chase your pup and try to get them wet, get your friend to chase both of you, the options are endless!
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Dig Lazarus, Dig!

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Hot Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hour - 30 minutes prep time
Items needed
Plastic Toy or a Bone
Sand
Activity description

Nick Cave sings, “dig Lazarus, dig!”, and you say “dig puppy, dig!” It is no secret that dogs love to dig stuff, no surprise there. But, why not combine the love of digging with the necessary cooling off activity in the hot summer days? You will need some sand, a bone or a plastic toy, some water, and the place to put all of this in, preferably a backyard. Wet the sand, make a big pile, and bury the toy or a bone somewhere in it, and have your pup dig it out. To amplify the fun, bury several toys or bones in the sand.

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Get your essentials
First off, get all the supplies. You will have to get some sand, either purchase it or take some from the local beach. It might be easier to buy the sand and have it delivered to your home, as a big sack of sand can be very heavy to carry. Get some toys that will stand the test of time (or sand in this case), or get some bones that you will bury in your big pile.
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Prepare
Gather a pile of sand in your backyard. Bury the toys and bones in the sand and scatter them around to make this game even more fun for your dog. Finally, wet the sand to make it less messy to dig and to promote the cooling effect. Your doggo will thank you later.
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Dig, dig, dig!
Just like the dwarves in the fairy-tales, start digging for that gold! Get your pup to play around in the sand and try to dig out all the toys and bones you have buried in the sand. The wetness of the sand will cool your puppy off in the hot weather, and they will have some much needed fun even when it is super-hot outside.
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More Fun Ideas...

Shell Game

For some indoor fun with your pup, play the shell game! Get three cups and hide a dog treat under one. Shuffle them around and have your doggo guess where the treat is. Be careful though, you don’t want your pup to develop a gambling problem!

Frozen Kong

Doggos love Kongs, so for some hot weather fun, stuff the Kong with some wet treats, peanut butter, or anything else, pop it in the freezer, and after a while, start having fun! Your pup will cool off due to the coldness of the Kong, and have fun trying to get the treats out of it.

Hide and Seek

Another indoor game to play with your lovely small doggo is, once again, as old as time. The classic game of hide and seek will keep your dog occupied even when you have to stay indoors due to hot weather, and you already know how fun it is to hide and have your dog find you!

Conclusion

As you can see, summertime does not have to mean boring time. You can have a lot of fun with your small dog even when it is scorching hot outside and being mindful of keeping your dog cool during the hot summer days will combine the fun with the necessary. Try some of these games out and develop an even stronger bond with your little munchkin, all while helping them keep the temperature nice and low