In the recent heat, Honey is a wilting flower.
Instead of spending her day upstairs on my down comforter, Honey stays downstairs, under a ceiling fan, and lies on the cool wooden floor.
She seeks out the floor fan so much I’m continually combing knots out of the fur behind her ears.
When I walk Honey, I’m barefoot too. And that pavement is hot!
How will we get our exercise when it’s too hot to move around outdoors for long? I’ve started trick training.
Last week, I was inspired by a video of Koby doing lots of exciting dog tricks and asked my readers which trick I should teach Honey. You made lots of great suggestions.
Several of you said I should teach Honey how to put her paws over her eyes. I have no idea how to teach that so if you have instructions, please post them in the comments.
With the heat, I’m doing trick training to make up for the mental stimulation and some of the physical activity of our walks. Here’s what we’re working on:
- Close the cupboard.
- Go upstairs.
- Circus (balance on her hind legs).
- Beep, beep, beep (back up – thanks for the training method, Sue).
- Weave (between my legs).
I’d love to post some video of our progress but my videographer is working 14 hour days to meet a work deadline. You’ll have to take my word for it that Honey is doing great.
But do tricks really enhance fitness?
I think so:
- Some tricks, like going away from me up the stairs, are aerobic.
- Standing on her hind legs isn’t easy for Honey. It helps her develop balance.
- And all training stimulates her mind. After a short training session, Honey needs a short nap.
And at least it will keep us active and having fun while it’s too hot to walk or run for long.
Your Turn: When weather prevents you from doing your normal fitness routines, how do you stay active with your dog?
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