How to handle Fido this long weekend
Aug 2, 2012 / 11:00 am
With the long weekend coming up and many outdoor events happening in the city, be sure to keep your dog's best interest in mind if you are considering bringing them out with you. Although it is great to expose your dog to real life situations and have them participate in the fun, sometimes it is best to leave them at home.
Below are some points to take into consideration for your dog:
a. Heat – even though you might be able to find some shade, your dog can easily get overheated. I suggest exercising your dog early in the morning and later in the evening when the sun is not so hot. Pavement too can become extremely hot and cause blisters on the pads of your dog's feet
b. People – some dogs get overwhelmed with an abundance of people. Many people like to pet dogs, which may be fine at first, but can lead to an agitated dog
c. Food – there will certainly be spilt food on the ground which your dog may want to scoop up… this can lead to an upset stomach and some unwanted messes
d. Sensory overload – music, people, children, food, noise, etc…
If you do decide to take your dog to a market or outdoor event that allows dogs, please bring water for your dog, take the time to sit in some shade and keep an eye on what your dog is telling you through its body language or vocals.
Be prepared to leave earlier than expected to take your dog home.
Whatever you do, do not leave your dog in the car, even with the windows rolled down and in the shade!
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