Ok, so I’ve recently thought there is more to me than photography. I am passionate about many things and my dogs are one of them, well technically two. As you will know I have the gorgeous Chocolate Monster, Dexter but we also have our house angel (she isn’t so good on walks), Tilly, a yellow labrador. This gorgeous hot weather can make for more complex care and rather boring days for them! So here are my top tips and an ice cold recipe I found to keep the little tykes happy on a summers day….
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Top Tips for Cool Dogs
Here are just a few of the things we do for our two lovely dogs in hot weather:
- Walk them super early in the morning and just before sundown of an evening – that way you get to enjoy them and the sunshine but it’s a little cooler for all concerned!
- If you have to walk them in the day, take water and don’t make it a massive long one, unless you’re mostly in the shade, i.e. woodland.
- Make sure they have access to a cool room in the house – we have cooler wooden floors in the sitting room, as well as a tiled floor in the kitchen and I leave the curtains closed to keep it shady for them.
- Regularly refresh their water, keeping it as cool as possible – I even put ice cubes in our two’s water bowl to keep it fresh and cool, though Chocolate Monster often steals them for funnies!
- If you have a paddling pool or sprinkler system in the garden, have some wet play time outside with them (assuming they like water) – yet another excuse for being in the sunshine!
- Dogs will inevitably drink more if they are too warm, so if you have to leave them all day, whilst you work, see if a neighbour can pop in if you can’t get back to top up their water and let them get some fresh air.
- If you need to go out, leave them in a cool room, and buy a small Kong, which you can stuff full of goodies (peanut butter, doggy biscuits, cocktails sausage or a little low fat cream cheese), freeze for a couple of hours or overnight and give them as you step out the door – if you do this you will be their best friend forever!
- And last but by no means least (here comes the capitals) DO NOT, and I mean DO NOT, leave your dog in a car!! Also, of you see a hot dog in a car, with no visible owners around and looking very hot, call the police. It does not take very long for a dog to pass out or even die in a car, or should I call it a metal oven or no waves microwave. Ok, rant over – can you tell that it’s my pet hate?!
These tips keep our two doggies happy, I really hope they help yours too!
I was also thinking earlier how we have ice lollies or ice cream in hot weather, so what tasty cool treats could I make for the dogs? And I found the recipe below from a great Dog Treat Website, which would work for cats as well as dogs I suspect!
Creamy Yogurt Dog Pops
- 1 – 5 oz. can of tuna in water
- 2 cups of plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 tbsp. dried parsley
- Empty the contents of your can of tuna in a medium bowl. Do not drain the water.
- Using a fork, break apart the tuna until it is completely shredded into small pieces.
- Add the yogurt and dried parsley.
- Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Using a spoon, carefully fill each compartment of your ice cube tray.
- Freeze until solid, a couple hours, depending on the size of your cubes.
- Release only the amount of cubes from your tray that you will be serving immediately.
- Store the unused cubes in the tray, or in a labeled freezer bag.
Storing – These frozen dog treats must be kept frozen. They will keep fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Yield – Depending on the size of your cubes, you will be able to make 1 1/2 to 2 full ice cube trays of dog treats.
I think my two will enjoy these treats, did yours? Let me know in the comments below!