Safety Tips and Summer Activities with Your Dogs
Before starting any summer activities outdoor, be sure you have sunscreen for your dog. Yes, your dog needs sunscreen too. For pets who are shaved, that shaved area is at risk of being burned. The little nose tip, especially a pale-nosed or white-nosed dog, those areas are prone to sun-induced tumors. There are specific sunscreens designed for pets, but sensitive skin or baby sunscreens can be used as well. According to Dr. Mark Macina, Animal Medical Center’s dermatologist, Bullfrog sunscreen SPF 15 or greater works well for animals.
No matter what physical activity you engage in, it is important to watch for signs of dehydration: lethargy, sunken or bloodshot eyes, dry gums, increased heart rate, paleness, and loss of skin elasticity. Make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times!
A great way to make your daily walk with your dog more exciting. Check with your local rangers to make sure the park is dog-friendly, on- and/or off-leash and other restrictions. Consider inviting your friends and their dogs along. A group hike is safer and more fun!
Be sure your dog is physically up to the task. Contact your veterinarian if you have doubts.
Always carry water with you and watch for signs of dehydration.
If you are going on a long hike, you may want to bring a small first aid kit with you, just in case.
Be aware that your dog has tender paws, so try to avoid rough terrain, such as sharp rocks or dense underbrush. Be sure to use precautions against ticks and fleas, and check your dog when you get home.
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2) Hide and Seek
A good, old fashioned game of hide and seek is always fun. Whether you’re in your backyard or in a national park, hide and seek stimulates your dog, giving him a chance to exercise his mental and scenting abilities. Put your dog in a sit/stay position, run off and find a hiding space, then call him so he can find you. You can play inside as well. Jackboy never remembers there’s a third bathroom in the house.
While you may not go to agility events to compete, it is just simply so much fun and rewarding as it stimulates the body and the mind. Great bonding activity with your dog. Agility can be set up in your own home. Lay a broom handle on flower pots and let your dog jump over the handle. Got a hula hoop around somewhere? Try getting your dog to jump through it.
The summer months are the perfect time to take a dip with your canine companion. It provides exercise and a great bonding experience, as well as relief from the heat. Utilize your private pool, find a dog-friendly (and dog-safe!) fresh-water lake nearby, or invest in a kiddie pool for your backyard. Most dogs are lovers of water.
ALWAYS supervise your dog. You can even find doggie life vests in most pet stores for some extra peace of mind!
If you are unsure how your dog will react to the water, make sure to bring him to a controlled environment first. An enclosed pool area can be great, and for smaller dogs, your bath tub can also provide a great training experience.
Chemicals and dirt in the water can be harmful to your dog’s coat and health, so you should always give your dog a bath after you return home. If there is a shower facility at the pool or lake, you may even want to give him a good rinse before you leave.
Drying your dog’s ears after swimming can help prevent ear infections.
5) Day at the Beach
Fun in the sun is not complete without going to the beach. You and your dog might just make a few new friends at the beach as well. Check your local guide to make sure the beach is a dog-friendly, dog beach. Bring some toys, a towel, sunscreen for you and your dog, and some poop bags.
You dog will love the new sights, sounds and smells. Great activity for you and your dog to experience nature together. If you like fishing, you’ll be surprised how excited your dog gets when you pull in a fish. Check with your local rangers to make sure the park is dog-friendly, on- and/or off-leash and other restrictions.
Consider a pre-traveling vet visit. Be sure your dog is physically up to the task.
Get current on all shots and vaccinations and obtain a Rabies tag for your dogs collar.
Have the proper tick/flea collars, repellents or use Frontline applications. Other diseases can also be obtained from wild animals and insects.
Consider a possible Lyme disease vaccine.
Temporary tags may be a good idea – name and phone number of where you are staying.
Bring medications and copy of prescriptions.
Don’t forget to pack plenty of water from home for your dog. Bring their regular food bowls, food and treats. To avoid problems, keep them on their regular schedule and prevent them from drinking water from any river or streams.
Always bring their collar, harness and leash.
For unexpected situations, pack first aid items for your dog and also a towel. Obtain the phone number of a vet in the area where you are staying.
Never leave your dog outside unattended.
Watch that your dog doesn’t get tangled around tent poles or stakes, tables, trees, rocks etc.
Remove any leftover food after your dog eats. This food could attract unwanted insects or wildlife.
This classic game is a great summer time activity. Smell is your dog’s strongest sense, so get his nose involved: give him a good whiff of the object before you throw it. Your dog should never control the length or intensity of play; you should be in charge of the rules of the game, and decide when the activity starts and ends!
Make sure the object you throw is not dangerous to your dog’s health. Consider only using objects specifically designed for canine use.
Know your dog! If your dog may be easily distracted by a nearby squirrel or an interesting scent, be sure to find an enclosed area for the game.
Be sure that your dog is wearing identification.
Take frequent breaks and provide access to fresh water to prevent dehydration.
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