This weekend my dogs and I shared our first BBQ of the year- a sure sign that Summer is upon us! For dogs, the long, hot summer days can be much less appealing than they are for their owners, so here are a few quick and simple tips to ensure that you and your dog have the best Summer possible!
Plenty of water
Keeping your dog hydrated is incredibly important- they should always have easy access to clean and fresh water. The easiest time to forget this is when you are out and about with your dog, either walking or on a car journey. Although many pubs and cafes will gladly supply you with a bowl of water, it’s much better to come prepared. There are numerous travel bowls and water dispensers on the market- these days we never set off without them!
Dog friendly venues
If you are setting off on holiday with your dog, then hopefully you will have checked to make sure that your accommodation is dog friendly! There are plenty of websites dedicated to just that- so it shouldn’t be hard to find. But if you are setting out for an adventure- have you checked that were you are going is suitable for your dogs? Plenty of beaches, wildlife reserves and pubs are no-go areas for canines- make sure you check before setting off to avoid disappointment.
Summer is a great time to get out there and have fun with your dog! Invest in some new toys and make the most of the long days- but remember not to overdo it. Overheating can be a major problem for dogs and some simply do not know when they have had enough. Try to avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day- mornings and evenings are definitely the best times for good game of catch! You can find a huge range of toys, as well as dog collars, beds and leads at dogscorner.co.uk.
Always make sure that your dog has a cool shaded area into which it can retreat. If it’s going to be spending a lot of time out in the garden then consider putting one of your old dog beds somewhere in the shade where it can go for a well-deserved summer’s day nap!
It should go without saying- but PLEASE NEVER LEAVE DOGS IN HOT CARS.
Take care at the BBQ
Who doesn’t love a BBQ? But if there are dogs about then you need to be careful. Dogs will eat before thinking, so make sure that hot food is not within their reach, otherwise they could get nasty burns. Another thing to watch out for is skewers- make sure your dogs are kept well away. What looks like a tasty piece of meat to them, could well end up causing a horrible injury.