TUE, 14 JUN 2016 BY LINDA ROSADO
Summer is a time for relaxation, vacationing, and spending quality time with family—including your dogs! However, the high temperatures and sunny days can spell danger for your pooch, so it’s important to make sure your dog is ready for a change of pace and, more importantly, a change in whether. Keep reading for a few ways to prepare your dog for the upcoming summer months.
PREPARE FOR THE HEAT
The season of summer is the hottest time of the year. It is important you keep your dog cooled off so he doesn’t overheat. Try to keep a bowl of fresh water both inside and outside of your home so your pup can quench it’s thirst wherever he is. If your dog doesn’t mind getting wet, get him involved in water activities that the entire family can enjoy. Setting up water sprinklers or hoses in the back yard, or even swimming in the pool are a couple ways your dog can stay cool. Make sure you keep an eye on your dog to know when he is getting too hot. Fast-paced breathing, shortness of breath, or if your dog seems fatigued usually means he is over-heated and needs to go inside.
KEEP YOUR DOG’S HEALTH A PRIORITY
Summer presents us with a lot of free time and relaxation, this makes it easy for us to get lazy and only focus on ourselves. Dogs can also get lazy and form depressive and tired attitudes when they aren’t receiving the attention they need. It is important to dedicate some of your time to making sure your dog is just as happy and healthy as you. Spend quality time with your dog by playing outside or going to a dog park and letting them run around so they get the exercise they need to have a healthy mind and body. Remember, when going to a dog park or another property, always bring a dog waste bag to clean up after your dog.
TRY SOMETHING NEW WITH YOUR DOG
Summer is the perfect time to try something new with your pup. Checking out new dog parks lets your dog explore new terrain and meet other dogs. They also provide plenty of space for dogs to run around and play. If you live or are vacationing in an area near a dog beach, that is a great location for your dog to go off-leash and play in the water and sand. Don’t forget to bring dog waste bags with you or keep an eye out for a dog waste station to pick up after your dog. Be mindful when you go to these dog parks to keep it clean so the area is enjoyable for you and other visitors.
No matter what your plans are for the summer, remember to give extra attention to your pets so they can enjoy a happy and healthy summer just as much as you.