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Holiday activities for kids and their pets

July 2, 2015

School holidays are here! Two whole weeks of rest and relaxation for the kids; but for parents the holidays can be two weeks of finding interesting activities and events to keep the kids away from the magnetic pull of the TV.

Here at The Lost Dogs’ Home we have looked for some ways to keep the kids entertained and active these holidays with their furry four legged companion. Today we share with you some simple tips and fun DIY projects that will keep your kids, and your pets, happy these school holidays.

Going away?

Vacations can be a lot more fun if you share them with your loyal canine companion. But, if you are planning to take your dog with you on holiday, make sure your pet’s identification details are up to date.

If you are travelling by car, make sure your dog is securely fastened. Popular options for safe dog travel include dog seat belts, crates and car barriers. If you are using a seat belt for your dog, make sure to put your dog in the back seat. When riding in the front dogs can be injured or even killed if you have an accident and an airbag deploys.

Also remember, don’t leave your dog in a cold car. It isn’t just an uncomfortable environment for your dog, it can also be life threatening.

Get outside and play!

Brrr… even though it is cold outside, it is still important for the whole family to remain active, including your beloved pooch. During winter consider some off leash time in the backyard and play games like tug or fetch with your dog. Playing outside is a great way for you, your kids and your dog to remain active in winter.

If your child is old enough and happy to brave the cold weather, why not consider taking the dog out for a long walk or a run around a dog park? Walking the dog is good exercise for the whole family and your dog will also benefit from the socialisation.

DIY projects

Many of us enjoy taking the time to do little DIY projects when we are on holidays. Below are a couple of the many activities you can look to do with your kids for your pets these school holidays.

Bake treats for your canine companion

Holidays are a time where we will spend time baking treats and goodies to enjoy. Aside from baking brownies, cakes and slices you can also bake yummy treats for your loyal canine companion. Here is a basic dog biscuit recipe you can try for doting dog.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
  • ½ cup hot water

Optional add ins

  • Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball
  5. Roll dough until ½ inch thick
  6. Cut into slices or bone shapes
  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
  8. Cook for 30 minutes


T-shirt dog rope

What will you need?

  • An old T-shirt
  • Scissors

How to: 

  1. Gather up your materials
  2. At the base of the t-shirt, make cuts approximately every 6cm along.
  3. Rip the shirt along each slit so you end up with strips of fabric.
  4. Gather the strips together and tie off one end.
  5. Divide the strips into three equal portions and braid them together, then tie off the other end.
  6. Get out and play tug-o-war with your pooch and their new toy!

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What about our feline friends you ask? There are plenty of toys available to keep your cat or kitten entertained and active on these cold days. One is Da Bird, available from the Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic for $15, you can read more about Da Bird at http://www.dabird.com/

Now you’ve got some new toys for your four legged companion, why not try teaching them some tricks as well? Get the kids involved and make it an activity for the whole family. Check out our articles on ‘three easy tricks to train your dog’ and ‘training a cat is possible’ and challenge your family these holidays.