The days are still warm and the evenings are still light, so why not get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your pet? From pet shows to learning new tricks, here are some exciting activities you can try with your pet before the summer ends.
Keeping healthy with your pet
Set your pet an active challenge to keep them physically and mentally challenged this summer. From bunny clicker training to creating a puppy play course on a budget, DIY obstacle courses are a great way of keeping you and your pet fit, as well as stimulating their minds.
For adventurous pets, why not try a treasure hunt and challenge your pet to find their favourite treats? You could even take your dog to the woods or a local park and plan a geo-catching day out! To find out more about this activity visit The Bark.
Dogs love to socialise, so setting up a weekly walking group with other dog-owners means you can discover new dog-walking trails as well as swapping advice and allowing your pup to play with other canine friends.
Why not take the whole family (pets included!) to a fun-filled day out at one of the top pet shows across the country? Or perhaps just head along to pick up some top tips, tricks and treats to spoil your pet with when you get home. Here’s a snapshot of some of the top shows happening over the coming months:
- The Family Pet Show: From 30th September-1st October this event is the only indoor pet show where you can bring your pet along. Enjoy the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition Scruffts as well as pony shows and exotic reptile displays.
- The British Pet Show: Taking place from 7-8th October this event is the perfect day out for animal lovers. Your dog can also enjoy the day out as they are welcome to come along. There will be a range of habitat features, educational workshops and more throughout the day.
- National Pet Show: On the 4-5th November in Birmingham’s NEC pet lovers can enjoy a great family day out and get pet advice from vets, nurses and behaviourists, as well as enjoying celebrity appearances, agility displays, shopping and more.
It’s important to keep your pets cool in summer as pets can easily suffer from heat-stroke just like humans. PDSA Senior Vet Elaine Pendlebury notes that pets with a smaller body size are particularly susceptible to heatstroke and owners must be ready to spot the signs of overheating and/or heatstroke such as excessive panting, extreme salivation, distress and collapse.
If you’re out and about with your dog, a key thing to remember is to never leave them in a hot car, even with the windows open. When your pet is outside, you must be wary of them remaining in the strong sun for too long and it is also a given that pets must have access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times to keep them cool.
Smaller pets need to be kept safe in summer too. Outdoor rabbit play pens and hutches or birdcages should never be left in direct sunlight and the animals should have plenty of access to shade.
Hamster or gerbil owners can help keep their pet cool by putting a frozen bottle of plastic water wrapped in a towel by the side of their cage (outside).
Fish owners should regularly check the pond’s temperature and whether the fish have access to a shaded area as outdoor ponds can heat up very quickly in the warmer weather.
Dog owners can help keep their best friends cool by adding their dog’s favourite treat, for example wet dog food or mashed banana into a food-stuffable dog toy and then pop it in the freezer to provide them with a cold treat. You can also make your own “pup”sicle frozen treats such as frozen watermelon cubes.
For both cats and dogs a simple idea is to place your dog or cat’s collar or harness in the freezer before putting it on them to cool them down.
We all know pets love to play, so creating a paddling pool with toys is another great way to keep their temperature down especially if we are lucky enough to have an Indian summer.
No paddling pool? Why not visit the beach with your dog, the perfect space to exercise to their heart’s content and enjoy a cool down in the sea? You could even stop off in a pet-friendly pub where your pet can enjoy some fresh water and some rest in the shade. Some pubs even have a dog dedicated menu such as dog friendly Yorkshire puds, pig’s ear tacos and a Snuffle Dog Beer!
Enjoying the warm days with your pet can bring a smile to both of your faces so make the most of them before the autumn draws in.