Dog friendly areas can become dangerous during the summer months. As the weather gets warmer this summer, you should take the time to keep your pet’s comfort in mind. The temperatures will rise, and your dog will become uncomfortable much more quickly than you do in the heat of summer. Here at Take Your Pet, we want to make sure that your pet is comfortable and happy while you enjoy your summer activities.
Observe your dog carefully as the temperature rises. If your dog’s fur is thick and heavy, consider giving him or her a haircut. If you clip your dog’s fur as the summer begins, it will grow in thick again before the winter sets in. You can do it yourself but we recommend that you take your pet to a professional groomer. Not only will your pet look much better for it, but you can avoid buying all the tools needed. A professional groomer has all the equipment required to give your dog a good wash and a nice trim. Often they will clean ears and trim claws at the same time which is an added bonus.
As you enjoy dog friendly areas with your pet this summer, you should always be aware of your dog’s need for water. You should always have a supply of water with you for your dog to enjoy, and offer it to them often. Here at Take Your Pet, we encourage you to keep a bottle of water on you at all times during the summer. Look into purchasing a collapsible dog bowl, and carry it with you to make it easier for your dog to get a drink.
Try to limit your exercise to the coolest parts of the day. The most appropriate times to exercise with your dog are the early morning, the late afternoon or in the evening. We suggest avoiding the heat of the day whenever possible in order to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. When the weather is simply too hot, be ready to keep outdoor activities to a minimum.
Find yourself a dog park with plenty of shade, and always take the time to rest when you’re out with your pet. Dog friendly areas should have plenty of shade nearby when you visit. Aside from giving water to your dog, relax with your dog often and wait until they stop panting before you continue on your way. Appropriate dog parks can be found easily on our website or via the Take Your Pet iPhone app, if yours doesn’t offer enough shade from the sun, consider finding another for the safety of your pet.