Fun Things To Do With Pets This Summer

March 29, 2022

Summer is here and so is the brutal heat wave, which can be extremely challenging for our pets. 

As pet parents, we are worried about the health and well being of our pets. However, we recommend taking it easy and making the season fun for you and your pets, along with basic precautions. 

As strange as it sounds, every season is an opportunity to bring out the best in your pets and see them happy. In the spirit of that, here are our recommendations of fun things to do with your dogs and cats this summer: 

Make A Splash

Make a splash

What is a better way to breeze through summers than regular grooming sessions with lots of bubbles, splish-splash, and your pet’s favourite shampoo? Grooming sessions are a great way to keep your pets cool during the summer. Additionally, it helps them relax and gives you an opportunity to bond with your pets better. 

HUFT Tip: Looking for a fun summer day with your pets? Find your nearest HUFT Spa and show up with your pets for a detailed grooming session! If you have a long-coated dog, remember to not shave them completely! 

Take The Scenic Route

Take a route

If you are a dog parent, you’d know how important their daily walks are. The hot weather might make it difficult to get them their well-needed exercise. We recommend taking your dogs out for a walk during the evening when the weather is a bit cooler. You can also apply a healing balm on your pet’s paw before the walkies so that their paws don’t develop cracks due to the heated concrete.

Have Fun Indoors

playing indoor

Some days may just be too warm for your pets to be roaming outside. This is an amazing opportunity for fun things to do with your pets as a way to bond with them. Staying in the home all day can make your pets lazy and can take a toll on their mental health. It’s better to use interactive toys and keep them occupied and mentally healthy or surprise them by making them their favourite meal. 

HUFT Tip: Reduce eggs and red meat from your pet’s diet during summer as it can heat their body up or can lead to them feeling bloated and uncomfortable. You can also add or increase the quantity of wet food in your dog’s diet. 

Nap It Out

nap with dog

Yes, doing absolutely nothing can also be a fun thing to do with pets during summer. After a heavy meal, cuddling up and taking a long nap with your furry friend can be very relaxing for both you and your pets. Once the extremely warm afternoon is over, it’s time to pick up their favourite leash and map the whole neighbourhood during walks. 

HUFT Tip: While cuddles are great, don’t forget to make a dedicated space for your pets in your room with a cosy bed and a few of their favourite toys

Go On An Adventure

Planning a drive to the mountains during the summer? We recommend taking your dogs and cats with you. While for some pets, motion sickness is a problem that can be handled with the help of training or medication; most pets enjoy exploring new places and scenery. Safety is a big point of consideration while travelling with your pets. We recommend always using a dog seat belt if you are taking car rides with your dogs. You can also use a dog seat cover with a safety harness to ensure smooth car rides with your pets. For cats, it’s best to keep them safe and comfortable in their crates or carriers while travelling. 

HUFT Tip: Planning to go on a hike with your pet? Don’t forget to go through this blog and make suitable preparations!

Have A Pool Party

Pool parties are a great way for your dogs to not only relax and unwind but also spend time socialising with other dogs and having fun. Since the tick and flea season is also around the corner, make sure you apply a natural bug repellent oil on their bodies before they run off to have the time of their lives. Your dogs will thank you for this! 

Note: Swimming can be a lovely exercise for dogs during the summer. If your dog is a water baby, then a dog pool is the perfect outing. If this is the first time your dog is going to be trying swimming, remember to get some practice time before getting into the pool. You can pick up a pool for your terrace/home, do a couple of practice sessions first and then hit the pool! Not all dogs are water babies - so this also gives you a chance to see if your dog would enjoy this. If you find that your dog is hesitant or unwilling to get into the pool, don’t force them.

DIY Popsicle & Frozen Treats

Summer calls for proper hydration and temperature control for our pets. DIY frozen treats and popsicles are a great way to keep our pets cool and also squeeze in some fun things to do with pets during summer! 

Here are two recipes you must try for your pets this summer:

Mango-Coconut Popsicles 

  • Cut up a few mango slices.
  • In a blender, add the mango slices & some coconut water.
  • Blend till you get a smooth consistency. 
  • Pour into ice cream holders.
  • Add a few bits of Sara’s Apple Treats.
  • Freeze for 3 hours. 
  • Take it out and let your dog enjoy!

Banana & Peanut Butter Frozen Treats 

  • Mash a banana into a smooth mixture.
  • Add 1-1.5 tsp of HUFT Peanut Butter. 
  • Break up a few YIMT Apple & Banana biscuits and add to the mix.
  • Scoop and store in ice cube trays or stuff in a Kong toy.
  • Freeze for 2 hours. 
  • Give 1-2 cubes a day or give the Kong and get some mental stimulation time! 

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