Summer with pets is the best. No one else is as good at reminding us to get outside and smell the flowers. But sometimes cats’ and dogs’ love of nature can lead to funny behaviors, like grazing on grass. With the right fun and safe activities, you can help your pet beat boredom and the occasional urge to snack on the lawn. We hope your pet will give these activities two paws up!
1. Make Your Backyard a Waterpark!Create a DIY sprinkler in your yard and let your dog go nuts! Invite friends over and make it a party.
2. Help Your Cat Get Outside the Safe Way. It’s not just dogs that get to have fun outside in the summer. Cats can experience the outdoors too, from a safe space like a sun porch or by walking with you on a leash. To get started, watch this video for safety tips, and then read our tutorial here.
3. Treat Your Dog to a Cool Snack. Heat can bring even the happiest dog down. That’s why it’s important for pet owners to find ways to cool their dogs down on hot days. Ice cubes are a great treat for cooling off, or try Frosty Paws® for a cool treat fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors.
4. Make Your Pet a Throne That Beats the Heat. Even inside, temperatures can get hot for pets! Cool your cat or dog off in style by making her a cooling throne. Just grab a box about the size of your pet, an ice pack, a sock and a towel. Place the cooling pad in the sock under the towel, and you’re ready to go. Decorate the box with whatever art supplies you have on hand. Voila!
5. Play Hide and Seek in the Cool of Your Home. This game is fun for dogs and cats alike! Start by picking an object to hide – for dogs, try treats, like Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Curls — for cats, a toy filled with catnip. Let your pet sniff whatever you choose, then hide it in increasingly difficult places for your pet to find. They’ll love getting to investigate the coolest spots in your home.