Summer is an ideal time for fun outdoor activities, and offers plenty of opportunities to grow the bond you have with your dog. Including your dog in activities will make him more versatile, well trained and happier. Whether you have a companion dog, sporting dog or a professional canine, including them strengthens your relationship and fosters a more well rounded dog overall. But
it’s also important to be mindful of keeping your dog safe in elevated temperatures and new environments.
Your Dog Can Become Overheated
Dogs can get heat stroke when their body temperature elevates to dangerous levels. Never leave your dog in the car during summer months, even with an open window. Adjust their exercise schedule to early mornings, before the day’s high heats arrive. Your dog pants to regulate his body temperature, so limit muzzle usage and watch for excessive panting, which is a sign of dehydration. Remember that your dog needs more water this time of year, so encourage him to drink extra water throughout the day, especially after he’s been active. Also, don’t let your dog drink the pool water, which has chemicals that can make him sick.
Hiking and Outdoor Walks
Taking your dog out for a walk, hike or stroll on the beach is great exercise, sure to make him very happy. It’s also a great opportunity to get in some e-collar training. Having your dog off leash can be a little stressful in the beginning, but an e-collar ensures that you can be in constant communication with your dog, giving him immediate feedback when he misbehaves or tries to go off trail. As with any summer activity requiring some exertion, make sure you go out during the cooler time of day. Sidewalks, trails and even the sand can get too hot for your dog’s footpads. Check the temperatures with your hand if you’re not sure. If it’s too hot to touch for half a minute, then it will be too hot for your dog’s feet.
Don’t Put Others Through Doggie Training
While it’s tempting to take your dog with you on vacations and out camping, it’s not an ideal time to introduce big new changes to their schedule. If your dog has never been out camping, they could become a nuisance barker or start whining or even howling if they’re left alone for too long or expected to sleep outside for the first time ever. This will dampen the experience for your family, and is not going to win you new friends at the campsite. While a bark color could help make it bearable, it’s training that’s best done at home first.
Summer Activity Time Makes for a Better Dog
There are lots of opportunities during summer to include your dog in fun outdoor activities. All of these ensure that your dog gets valuable training time that also strengthens his bond with you and your family. Include your canine in as many activities as you can this summer, and you’ll foster an invaluable relationship that lasts a lifetime.