So the weather around here has been a beast lately. We went from seemingly constant rain to 102 with a heat index of 112, thank you humidity
What’s a 2-legger to do? Our dogs have been slightly stir crazy as the weather does not allow for much outdoor time, which can be difficult when you own two hunting dogs. We are limited to evening outdoor play, and even then it’s limited to 10 minutes for anything that might remotely mentally/physically wear Luna out. Or we get the above picture (which I love btw)..
And if you are working a very excitable dog with outside and inside jowls galore that do not help him cool off at all, you head to the creek. He surprisingly walked right in and laid down, I always say he is the smartest pit I’ve trained. Most out of control sure, but he has a good brain and not a mean bone in his body when it comes to people. But more on him another time.
Wyatt gets hot just as easily, but he also does not require as much exercise to be content in the house. We added WAY more hair to the house when we added him, but not more energy. He is a fantastic example of having a lab’s temperment, friendly but not OCD about it. Crazy about birds and fetching but is still controlable. I will take that any day over a dog that can hardly think straight when birds are in the picture. He is right on the edge of that sometimes, and I think the way we trained him around those situations help us control that. But I’m getting on a tangent.
So I have gotten creative with inside outlets for our 2 smart 4-leggers. I patched up a bunch of toys that have been in the ER for about a year. I found out that’s a good activity to do while watching TV (am I weird for feeling bad about sitting and watching TV and doing nothing else? I need to be working on something if I’m sitting). I also put a pack of the marrow bones to good use and let the pups have at them. I then refilled them with a ricotta cheese, PB, bacon, chicken mixture (sounds good huh) and let them have at them again. But I can’t keep giving them all these filled bones as I don’t need either of them getting fat.
What do you do when it’s too hot to do all the exercise your 4-legger needs? Oh and not to mention the rivers and creeks are still high and someone just drowned over the weekend, so we have to be careful with any water exercise. So ideas? What are your favorite things to do in the heat? I have 2 new toys on order (which hopefully will last their tug fests), as well as another kong (we only have 1) and a new puzzle ball. The dogs are also getting into more tug with each other to release their frustrations, and Luna has gone back to having zoomies on her own at night.
Tomorrow the weather will drop by 10 degrees and be breezy… or so they say. Let’s hope it’s true, for all of our sakes