If you have a high-energy dog, you know the importance of good exercise and a routine. A tired dog is a good dog, and a bored dog is a menace.
However, when the summer heat hits, it can be dangerous for your dog to walk or run outside. It can be difficult to keep him safe without your pup going stir crazy indoors.
Luckily, there are many ways to tire out your dog and keep him comfortable.
For breeds who love to run, a backpack can be a great way to tire them out quickly. Packs made specifically for dogs fit snugly around the pup, and you can place things in them to add weight.
Especially for sled dog breeds like Siberian Huskies or Samoyeds, carrying the bag will come naturally to them. You can even put ice packs in it to help keep your dog cool.
Use the bag on summer mornings or evenings when it is not too hot out to exercise your dog. He'll be tired and ready for a nap much faster than he would be on a regular walk.
Puzzle toys are a great way to entertain and amuse your canines. Major pet stores have a broad range of puzzles, from treat-dispensing balls to toys the dog needs to manipulate to get at the food.
Fill up several toys with your pet's favorite treats to keep him amused for hours.
When it is brutally hot in the middle of the afternoon, and your dog just can't calm down, hop in the car for an indoor adventure.
You can go to major pet stores or other dog-friendly retailers and walk inside in air conditioning for exercise to tire out your dog.
If your dog likes water, this will be his favorite activity. Fill up a tub or baby pool with just a few inches of water, and put several of your pup's toys in too.
Allow your dog to get in and splash around and try to pick up the toys. He'll have lots of fun getting soaked.
Even in a small apartment, you can tucker out your dog. Use everyday household items, like boxes, couch cushions, pillows, or books, to make obstacles your pet must navigate.
From small jumps to tunnels, you can create a mini agility course that tests your dog's intelligence and athleticism.
If you have stairs in your home, you have a perfect exercise location. Have a friend stand at the top of the stairs while you stand at the bottom.
Take turns calling your dog and offering a treat. He'll be happy to run up and down, not realizing how much he is working. It's an easy way to tire out your dog.
Work on obedience training for an intense mental workout. Work on typical commands like sit, stay, down, and come.
If your dog has mastered those, trying teaching him silly new tricks, like beg, sit pretty, or shake. Many dogs love learning new things, and the mental stimulation often tires them out.
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A good game of tug of war can be a great way for you to bond with your pup while giving him a thorough workout.
If you have a small or medium-sized dog, you can put your treadmill to work. Encourage your dog to walk on a treadmill by holding a treat in front of him. Start out slowly until your dog is comfortable with it.
While doggie daycare may not be an option because of the heat, a playdate with a friend or neighbor's dog inside can be a nice way for your pup to socialize and let off some energy. They can wrestle, chase one another, and play tug.
While the summer heat can make exercise more challenging, you don't have to be stuck with an over-excited dog. Use these different ideas to burn off your dog's energy and keep him happy all season long.
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