Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time to bring out the summer boredom busters for dogs DIY post. It’s fun, super easy and it’s perfect for during the day when it’s far too hot to go outside and play with the ball.

Since Harley is so small, her boredom busters are easy to take care of, but obviously, not everyone has a little tiny inside dog. What about the big dogs? I have you covered.
Also, these ideas are ideal for when you are entertaining friends and family, and you don’t want your furbaby around the table, getting handed sneaky food from under the table.

So, these little boredom busters for dogs will keep them away from the table but also amused and not locked up.

Let’s get started.

4 Summer Boredom Busters for Dogs


Ice Brick it

Whether you use an ice tray (small dogs) or an ice cream bucket (big dogs), this will knock over an hour of fun at least.

Fill up the ice tray or ice cream bucket with water and add a few treats such as liver or bacon. Don’t submerge the treats all the way into the water; you want some of the treat sticking out so your dog can smell the treat.

Tip: Just let the treats float on top and pop straight into the freezer.

Also, if you want to make it a little more healthy, then instead of unhealthy treats, use watermelon or carrot. That will make it nice and healthy, and your pooch will be able to enjoy a few snacks and not get treat overloaded.

Kiddy Pool

You can get a children’s wading pool from Kmart, Target, Walmart or similar for approximately $25; it typically looks like a half clam shell.

Just fill it up with water and add a few of your fur-baby’s favourite toys and you’re all set. I know that this will entertain them and keep them cool in the hot weather. Just be sure they do not get overheated or dehydrated. Read up on heatstroke in dogs before spending the day outside.

Frozen Banana

If you’re looking for a healthy treat but also want to keep your pooches occupied, just peel a banana and pop it in the freezer for a an hour. Also, for something a little extra you can spread some peanut butter over the banana. This frozen peanut butter banana will keep them licking and happy for ages.

Leaving the House

If you want to leave the house on a hot summer day, then take your pooches to the beach for a nice dip in the ocean. They will have a great time splashing around in the water.

Also related: Life Jackets for Dogs

Summer Tips

  • Do not keep your dog out for too long as they will still be in direct sunlight.
  • Ensure you take a bottle of water to keep them hydrated.
  • If going to the beach or any open water, ensure your dog wears a life jacket.

Check out PawLife’s dog friendly beaches directory, it list over 150 Australian beaches.

Over to you: What are your summer boredom busters for dogs?


Gina and Harley


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