Using dog friendly areas to exercise your dog is an important part of keeping them in great shape and offers many benefits for their wellbeing and general health. However, during the summer months, getting that exercise can be difficult. The overwhelming heat of summer can become dangerous for your pets if you’re not careful. Make sure that your pet is comfortable and happy all summer long by following these simple guidelines for pet safety.
Unless your dog has one of those short coats that always stays the one-length, such as a Jack Russell, you should clip your dog’s coat before summer starts. Not only will this allow your pet to be cooler by reducing the amount of insulating fur on their skin, but it will also permit breezes to cool them down. In addition, you will have an easier time searching for ticks when your dog’s fur is short. This can be done at home or by a professional groomer.
You should make sure to have the supplies that your pet needs with you all the time. In Summer, it’s particularly important to have a good supply of water and a drinking bowl. We strongly suggest you keep a two-litre bottle of water and a bowl in the trunk of your car so that you never get caught out. Your dog will need water not only at the park, but also on a hot day whilst running errands around town with you for example. Give him fresh water regularly and only allow your pet to drink from the supply of water you brought with you or h2O that’s fresh from the tap.
It’s a wise idea to limit your dog’s outdoor activities as well as their exercise to the cooler hours of the day. Exercise should only take place during the early morning or late evening. If you feel that the day feels too hot or humid for your own comfort, it’s likely that it’s going to be uncomfortable for your pet too. Keep in mind that your dog feels the heat way more than you do because of the layers of fur and their inability to sweat. It may actually be unsafe for Rover to be out and about, so stay home and keep him quiet and relaxed.
When you do leave the house, plan to head to dog friendly areas that have plenty of shade and moments to cool down. Take the time to relax with your pet, enjoying a dog park obstacle with water or just resting in the shade. Whenever your dog seems to be getting hot, offer them something to drink and insist they take a rest. Always remember to bring your own sun protection, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water for your own use.