Indoor Activities

During the hot summer months, it may not be safe for your dogs to play outside. Eighty degrees Fahrenheit may already be hot enough to burn their paws on asphalt! 

Below are some activities you can do with your dog to help them get the amount of exercise they need while staying cool and safe during the hot seasons!


If there's any trick you've been wanting your dog to learn, now is the time to do it! Have your dog's favorite treat available and start training your dog. Throughout the day, continue to reinforce the new trick with treats so that your dog doesn't forget! 


Hide some treats throughout your home and let your dog(s) go on a hunt! You can also "lock" the treat under a box or bowl and see how your dog will go about getting their treat! Variations of hide-and-seek games can be a great way to mentally stimulate your dogs. Your dogs will get more practice having to use their sense of smell to search for hidden treasures.


Don't have the energy to play with your dog? Try visiting friends or families who also have a dog and let the dogs play with each other! Dogs playing with other dogs is not only a great way to get some exercise, but it's also an easy way for your dog to learn to socialize. Allowing your dog the space to learn how to interact with other dogs, and people, is good for their health and well-being.


You may think you need a big house for this, but even stacking a few boxes in a small area is enough to become an agility course! Half the fun is creating your own course with things you have in the house. You might even find that your pets will probably have more fun trying to get in your way and knocking things over as you build!


Walk your dog inside your home. This might feel weird at first, but if you can't walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler, walking your dog inside your own home might be a good alternative. If you have stairs inside, or live in an apartment complex that has stairs, your dog can also climb up and down the steps for a workout!

There are always plenty of other options to keep your dog active during the hot days. The important thing is to get creative and work with what you have. Of course, also remember to continue monitoring your dog as you do these indoor activities! Change it up if they get bored, or lessen the amount of time if you notice them getting over-tired. We're sure you will be able to come up with even more fun ways to keep your dogs entertained and active indoors, staying cool and safe.

Beat the Heat

This campaign aims to inform and educate pet owners on ways to keep their pets hydrated and safe during the hot seasons. During the summer seasons, the Central Valley witnesses several heat waves and our dry and hot weather can pose dangerous threats to our animals and their owners. Valley Animal Center is here to provide impactful information and services to pet owners in order for owners to become better informed on ways to keep their pets healthy and safe. If you support what we do, you may donate, follow us on our social media, or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on how you can support us.

Valley Animal Center

Located in Fresno, CA, Valley Animal Center serves the locale regions of the Central Valley. Upon entering our shelter, cats are tested for Feline AIDS and Feline Leukemia. Both dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and administered any additional medical care as needed. Even those once considered un-adoptable due to their medical conditions or disabilities have been rehabilitated and ultimately adopted into loving families. With the mission of uniting every cat and dog with a loving home, we utilize the resources, donations, and support from our community to fulfilling that mission.