As the weather is getting warmer, here is a guide to preparing your dog for summer–activities to keep summertime enjoyable for you and your dog!
To protect your dog during summer,
- Never leave your dog in a hot car. Even though the day may seem mild temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in just minutes, putting your dog at risk of heat stroke.
- Don’t walk your dog on hot asphalt. It can burn the pads of their feet. If you aren’t sure touch with your hand first. Too hot for your hand, to hot for a paw!
- Don’t leave your dog tied out or in an outdoor kennel that does not provide an escape from the sun and the heat.
- Avoid dangerous chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.
- Avoid exposing your dog to direct sunlight for long periods.
- Keep preventatives for worms, ticks, fleas up to date. Although playing in areas with high grass, brush, around woodpiles, and in forested areas are fun activities, ticks are most commonly found in these areas.They can be active in spring as well as summer. It’s a good idea to check for ticks after any romp in the woods.
- Practice proper grooming to avoid overheating. It’s important to brush out undercoats at the beginning of the warmer weather.
Making sure your dog is provided with plenty of fresh water. If he/she becomes over heated, try a cold, wet towel placed on the dog’s underside. Play pools are great for quick dip on a hot day too. It is best to limit your dog’s outdoor exercise to early mornings and evenings when the days are really hot to prevent heatstroke.
Although there are things to be cautious of when it comes to spending special time with your dog during summer, there are still many fun activities available such as:
- Go for a hike at the beach or in the woods.
- Have fun with simple training techniques such as throwing a ball or frisbee
- Make frozen dog treats
- Try some scent work. Hide treats around your yard or sprinkle kibble in the lawn and let your dog sniff for the goodies
- Host a dog party.
- Turn on the sprinkler. Be sure to supervise to avoid water intoxication which can happen when a dog swallows too much water during play.
Of course, there are many more options for fun activities for you and your dog, and a more detailed list can be found here. Making sure your dog is ready for summer and staying protected will allow for a fun summer of bonding!