It’s that time of year again (hooray!) when the sun is out. Which of course means that we are out as well. Making the most of our often short lived British Summer. It goes without saying that if we are out, we want our beloved companions out with us as well. So here are a few things to think about this summer when planning to enjoy the outdoors with your dog:
- If you are outside in the garden, ensure that your dog has access to ways in which they can cool themselves down. A pool, shade, water to drink are all easy ways. Also keeping the door open so they can go back inside and find a cool spot is important.
- If you are spending a lot of time outdoors in your garden, give your dog some time off. Ignoring him or her is a simple way of showing that all is fine, there is nothing they need to do, so they can go and relax. On the other hand, our constant interaction with them will keep them going, even if they are feeling hot and exhausted.
- If you are outside with the kids with lots of running around and play, keep your dogs involvement to 5 minutes at a time. Remember, they are wearing a fur coat, so on a really hot day they will overheat very carefully. If they feel that they should be involved, they will keep going long past the point of discomfort.
- Keep dog walks to the coolest part of the day, first thing and last thing. Take some water and a travel bowl with you and give them the opportunity to drink a few times on your way around.
- Be careful of hot pavements. Sometimes they pavement can still be very hot late in the day. Hold your hand on it for a few seconds to test the temperature before deciding whether to take your dog out or not.
- Do you really need that walk? Do bear in mind that dog walking is a very British thing, there are plenty of very healthy dogs living elsewhere on our planet who are not walked, and trust me, they are not walking themselves on hot days!
- NEVER leave your dog in a car on a hot day. Not even with the window slightly open. Not even for a couple of minutes. Please please please take this advice very seriously.
- Hot weather or otherwise, some scenarious can be quite stressful for dogs depending upon their personalities, whether they are nervous etc. Whilst the sun makes us want to be out all day, think carefully about where you plan to go and whether your dog is going to enjoy it as much as you are. Sometimes they are better left at home to chill out, whilst you go out and enjoy busy areas without them.