Summer's here! And what better way to spend the lazy days of
summer then to enjoy some time with the dogs? Here are a few ways
to include dogs in your summer plans.
Please remember that dogs should not be left unattended in cars, which
heat up very quickly even if parked in the shade with the windows cracked
open. If you'll be doing things this summer that don't include your dog,
leave him at home where he'll be cooler and comfortable. Ideas on what to do with
your dog this summer:
- Spend the day enjoying the water.
It can a beach, the lakeshore or the shores of a river, a pool... even a kiddie
pool! - so long as the dog can join you. Many dogs love to play in the water
and it helps to keep them cool during these hot summer days. And they love it
even more if you'll join them in splashing around!
Be sure to supervise your dog at all times when around water. Not all dogs
are natural swimmers, so don't assume your dog will want to go in deep water.
Give the pooch a quick rinse after playtime to make sure any nasties he might
have picked up from the water don't remain on his or her skin. Bring cool,
fresh water for drinking and an umbrella for shade for when it's time for
- Try boating. Canoes, kayaks, motor boats, houseboats, paddle boats...
there are so many ways to enjoy the water with your dog. Dogs should be calm
and respond to commands, so that they don't cause mayhem in the boat (and
cause a safety issue for either themselves or the humans they're with!).
Start with a short trip in safe, shallow waters first, to make sure your
dog is comfortable before taking a longer trip.
Lifejackets are a must for dogs who are out on the water with their
people. We wear them, and so should our dogs!
- Go for a hike or a walk. The chance to explore somewhere new
is generally welcomed by dogs. There are so many exciting new smells to
investigate! Fresh air! Exercise! Check out nearby trails and parks and
head out for a day. Choose a trail that's suitable for both you and your
dog's fitness level. During hot summer days, it's best to hike in the
early mornings and in the evenings to avoid the heat of the day. Bring
lots of fresh drinking water (tip: you can freeze it overnight, so that
it stays cooler longer).
Invite some friends who also have dogs to go on a group hike. It will
give both the humans and the dogs a chance to socialize and enjoy fresh
air, exercise, and great company.
- Set up "play dates" with other people and their dogs.
Leash-free areas are good options for dogs who want to burn off some
energy. If it's a park you're not familiar with, watch for a while first
to make sure the dogs are interacting in a way you're comfortable with.
If you have a small dog, look for an off-leash park specifically set
aside for little dogs - many are more relaxed with dogs their own size.
Another option is to make an appointment for your pet at a doggy
daycare. Many types of daycares are available... some even have their
own trails or ponds for the dogs to play in! This is a great alternative
if you're on holidays and want to explore the area and not have to worry
about whether or not your dog will be welcome.
- Try agility, flyball, dock diving, flying discs, carting, or other
dog sports. If you're looking for something new to try, there are many
people who are enthusiastic dog sports fans. It's a way to learn to work
as a team with your dog, meet other dog owners, and give your dog both
exercise and mental stimulation.
- Phone ahead and see if your dog is welcome at local attractions.
Some attractions or places are pet-friendly. These are mostly outdoor
places and will almost always ask that your dog is leashed, under control,
and cleaned up after. You may be surprised at the types of places that
allow dogs... we've been on gondolas, in extravagant gardens, and on
interpretive nature tours with our dogs!
Have a great summer, and play safe!
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with
a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not
boring - it was peace." (Milan Kundera)
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- Angela, Newsletter Editor
On behalf of Rundle, the Pet Friendly CEO (Chief Eating Officer)