If you live in the Midwest like us, or in the southern US, you've been experiencing some pretty hot and humid days lately. It's been kinda miserable, especially for a black dog like me. So what are we doing to beat the heat?
We thought we'd share some of the things we do on super hot days. And if the heat hasn't hit you yet, bookmark this post to save for when the heat strikes!
At our house, we are pretty early risers; getting up at about 5:30 AM. The nice thing about getting up early is it's cooler! So we've been taking our walks and hikes, and doing a bit of agility training in the early morning and late, late in the evening, just before sunset.
Here we are doing some agility!
Even if you aren't an agility dog, like me, there are some super cool fun agility moves your pup can learn easily and quickly. One of my favorites is jump, I love jumping! And if you don't have an agility jump like me, your Mom or Dad can put two boxes on the ground with a yard stick on top and in between, and voila you've got a jump! As a matter of fact that's exactly how I first learned. (Just be careful that the jump isn't any higher than your pups belly, and that they are at least a year old, or physically developed enough to take this type of activity, safety first!).
If you'd like to read more about making your own agility equipment, here's a great site. To be more green, try re-using materials you already have! And if you are interested in learning lots more about agility, check out my Squidoo lens.
What else do we do to beat the heat?
Mum got me a kiddie pool when I was just a pup and we're still using it today - they last a very long time and only cost about $5.00! My kiddie pool is a lifesaver when it's hot outside. Here I am having fun during the dog days of summer!
Another activity we love to do to beat the heat, is learn new tricks inside where it's nice and cool!
Here are some vids of some of the tricks we've learned. They are easy to do, inside and out!
So those are just a few things we like to do when it's super hot. Not only are they great activities to get some pawsome exercise, but they are fun too! Oh, and Mum always keeps one of my favorite treats, Homemade Frosty Paws, in the freezer to cool us off after a good workout. Keep cool!