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Fun Summer Activities for Your Pet

14 JAN 2021

This article is written by Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr Carla Paszkowski BVSc (Hons)

Summer has well and truly arrived on our Australian shores. The sun is out, the temperature is high, and days are longer than any other time of year!

But as fun as it can be, Australia's hottest season can be a harsh one. From tropical storms to dangerous UV levels and that relentless blazing hot sun, Summer can pose plenty of risks. So it's important to make sure that your Summertime activities are fun; and will also keep your pet safe.

Fortunately, there are plenty of easy and fun ways to keep your pet occupied, happy, healthy, and cool all Summer long. From water toys to indoor games, read my guide below!

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1. Water Fun
2. Icy Treats
3. Indoor Games

1. Splish, Splash!

If you don't have a pool at home, chances are you probably live not too far from a dog-friendly beach, lake, or creek. If you're part of the 80% of Australians that live within close proximity to the coast, why not take your pup to a dog-friendly beach and let them have a splash?

Most dogs love a bit of a swim, particularly on a hot day, and many will play fun water games like fetch. Make it extra fun with a floating fetch toy that your dog can fetch in the water or on land!

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2. Homemade Ice Treats

Why not make some yummy frozen treats for your pet? Both cats and dogs love to lick at tasty ice treats. There are so many different ways to do this, and you can really get creative! Plus, making some pet ice treats might make a perfect activity to keep your kids occupied during the hot summer holidays!

There are plenty of fun ways to make frozen treats for your pets - you can purchase ice moulds to create a 'pet icey pole', freezable toys, or you can make your own (see our video below for tips on how to do this!).

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3. Indoor Activities

Sometimes, it's just so hot outside that staying indoors in the airconditioning is all you can do! On days like these, you can still keep your pet entertained with some fun indoor games! Playing games with your pet engages with them socially and can help improve their emotional wellbeing. Spending time doing activities with your pet really helps solidifies the human-animal bond, and it's great for breaking up the day, boosting morale and helping to reduce stress and anxiety!

Teach them a new trick

Ever wanted to teach your pet a new trick? Why not use some indoor, airconditioned time to teach your pet how to shake hands, roll over, play dead, or 'speak'? Even cats can learn new tricks if they're motivated by treats - why not teach your kitty how to sit, walk on a lead, or 'raise paw'?

Create a Treasure Hunt

Explorative Feeding is a fantastic way to excite and mentally stimulate your pet - and it's particularly useful for cats! Try hiding some of your pet's food or some healthy treats in different places around the house or backyard. Remember to use different levels for cats! Sniffing out their next meal will keep them busy and occupied while you are busy.

Indoor Play Sessions with a New Toy

With a huge array of fun Interactive Toys available that are totally indoor-friendly, you can enjoy safe play sessions with your pet without having to venture into the heat outside. For dogs, why not enjoy a game of tug-of-war, or set them up with an automatic fetch toy on 'low distance' setting?

For cats, your options are endless! Teaser Toys containing feathers are a great way to increase activity for your kitty, with minimal effort on your part. Likewise, laser toys can keep your cat jumping for hours on end, and ball-in-roller toys can occupy your cat when they're by themselves, too!

Play Hide-and-Seek

Hide and seek isn't just for kids - it can be incredibly fun to play with your pets, too! Once your pet has mastered the 'sit' and 'stay' command, hide and seek is easy! Not only is this game mentally engaging as it encourages your pet to use their brain to learn new skills, but it is also a great way to reinforce important commands. Hide and seek is a fun way to practice 'sit', 'lie down', 'stay' and 'come'.

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