The dog (and cat) days of summer
Summer is here, and that means lots of outdoor adventures! Pets might feel a little neglected when you’re spending so much time out of the house, so we’ve put together some suggestions for summer activities that you and your pets can enjoy together in the great outdoors.
There’s no better way to get out and enjoy the summer than a nice hiking excursion, and your dog will love it too. All the new sights, sounds, and smells of a forest or prairie are just as exciting for your canine companion as they are for you… and the opportunity to take a dip in a new pond is always welcome! Pick out a dog-friendly hiking spot and pack up and head out - you’ll need a sturdy leash and collar or harness for your dog, and plenty of water for you both.
Dog parks and play dates are another great way to get your dog out and about in the summer. If your dog plays well with others, he’ll absolutely love some off-leash time with his best canine buds, no matter what the locale. There’s nothing quite as much fun as watching a bunch of dogs do what they do best: run around and play like puppies! Check out the dog park right here in Versailles at Falling Springs Park, and you just might discover your dog’s new favorite pastime.
If you don’t feel like traveling for summer fun, there are simple things you can do at home to make yard time a little more exciting. Dogs love playing in pools and sprinklers, two things you may already have handy; and if your dog likes to dig, you can set up a special treasure hunt by burying his favorite toys in a sandbox and helping him find them! Summer is also a great time for agility training, so start working with your dog on catching a Frisbee, jumping obstacles, or just perfecting his game of fetch. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Cats can benefit from outdoor summer activities too and they love all the sensations of the outdoors just as much as dogs do. This summer might be the perfect time to start leash-training your cat so she can enjoy the outdoors and stay safe.
Unfortunately, summer is also flea and tick season; before taking any of your pets outdoors, make sure they’re fully protected against these parasites. Keep in mind, that bug bites and stings might occur in the great outdoors, and it may be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about what to do, just in case.
You deserve a little summer fun too. So, be sure to get tickets to our 11th annual Freedom Fest Celebration, presented by L.V. Harkness. Join us at Annestes Farms in Versailles on July 23 and 24. Learn more and get tickets at woodfordhumane.org or by calling 859-873-5491.