Dogs need daily exercise for good physical and emotional wellness. But when the temperature soars, it may not be safe for your dog to exercise strenuously outdoors. Instead, try some indoor workouts, which can be fun for both of you. Just make sure you consult the veterinarian first to check that it’s safe for your dog to exercise.
Consider investing in a treadmill.
Some treadmills are designed specifically for canine runners. Your pup may enjoy trotting indoors in an air conditioned room. If you already have a treadmill, your dog will do fine on a human-sized one. Or, check out garage sales this summer for a used machine.
Play scent games.
Encourage your dog to use his or her sniffer by hiding favorite toys or treats. Start small at first, and then intensify the challenge. Place the object under a cardboard box near your dog. Eventually, your dog can work up to finding objects hidden in more challenging places.
Teach your dog to do chores.
If their human parents are persistent enough, dogs can readily learn how to pick up their own toys and put them away in a bin. You can also train your dog to help you pick up the laundry. And of course, there’s the classic newspaper trick.
Create a swimming pool in your bathtub.
Swimming is a great way for dogs to have fun, get exercise, and stay cool on a hot summer’s day. A small breed dog can splash around in your bathtub. For safety’s sake, put a large stone or similar object in the water to allow your dog to climb out whenever he or she wants to. And never leave your pup unattended in the tub.
Here at Horizon Animal Hospital, the pets we care for are like our extended family. Our veterinarians and vet technicians are committed to providing compassionate care and cutting-edge medical technology because the health of your furry friend genuinely matters to us. Call our location in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559.