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A Stress-free Summer with Your Dog

on July 14, 2023

It's that time of the year again – summer! The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities. It's the best season to bond with our furry friends and bask in the warmth of the beautiful outdoors. But, of course, going out with your dog requires some preparation to ensure a fun, stress-free experience, and we’ve got you covered. Let's explore some summer tips to make your dog-walking adventures more enjoyable.

 

Hydration is Key

Like humans, dogs can get dehydrated, especially during hot summer days.

  • Always have a bottle of fresh, cool water and a portable bowl for your dog.
  • If you're planning a long walk or hike, consider getting a dog backpack with compartments for water bottles.
  • Monitor your dog for signs of dehydration, such as heavy panting, dry gums, and excessive drooling.

Protect Against Heatstroke

Dogs can overheat quickly in the summer, especially breeds with thick coats or brachycephalic breeds (dogs with short noses).

  • Avoid walking your dog during the day's peak heat
  • Keep your walks short or plan activities in shaded areas.
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke like excessive panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, and extreme lethargy.

Mind the Pavement

Hot pavement can hurt your dog's paws. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws.

  • Consider getting your dog booties to protect its paws from hot pavement.
  • Try to walk your dog on grass or dirt paths instead of pavement.

Guard Against Pests

Summer is prime time for fleas, ticks, and other pests that can harm your dog.

  • Ensure your dog is up-to-date on flea and tick prevention treatments.
  • Check your dog for ticks after every walk or outdoor activity.
  • Keep your dog away from tall grass and wooded areas where ticks are common.

Watch Out for Allergies

Just like people, dogs can also suffer from seasonal allergies.

  • Monitor your dog for signs of allergies like excessive scratching, skin redness, or runny eyes.
  • Keep your dog's coat clean and brushed to remove potential allergens.
  • Consult with your vet if you notice any symptoms of allergies.

Use the Right Accessories

The right gear can make your summer outings more enjoyable for you and your dog. This is where The Forever Leash comes into play!

  • Equip your dog with The Forever Leash to provide security and calm during your outings.
  • Use a harness or collar that fits well and does not cause discomfort or chafing.
  • If necessary, get your dog a cooling vest or bandana to help them stay comfortable in the heat.

 

Practice Good Etiquette

Summertime means more people – and dogs – are out and about. Ensuring your dog is well-behaved around others will make your outings more enjoyable.

  • Keep your dog on The Forever Leash to avoid running off or disturbing others.
  • Clean up after your dog.
  • Respect other people's space, especially those who may be afraid of or allergic to dogs.

 

Summer is a wonderful time to make lasting memories with your furry friend. With these tips and the help of The Forever Leash, you'll be more than prepared to have a stress-free, enjoyable summer with your dog. Always remember your pet's safety and comfort should be your top priority in all activities. So, let's embrace the warm weather, keep these tips in mind, and have the best summer ever with our beloved dogs!

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