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Summer Concerns for Dogs....Fireworks, Going to Camp and more!
Summer Concerns for Dogs....Fireworks, Going to Camp and more!

Summer is upon us and, if you have a new puppy or older dog, there are a few things to consider when planning for fun in the sun.  Here are some tips and suggestions to consider when including Fido in your plans...

Taking Your Dog to An Outdoor Event:  Backyard BBQs, block parties and get-togethers with family and friends sometimes include an invitation to “bring your dog!”  If you choose to do so, be sure you plan ahead so that things go smoothly.  Always consider a public event as a training opportunity for your dog.  Wear your treat pouch and load it with delicious tidbits your dog loves.  Keep your pup on a leash so you have control over him at all times.  Here at our puppy school, we teach our customers to step on their puppy’s leash when people approach.  This way, the pup can’t jump on people who want to interact with him or her.  Pass a treat to a person who wants to meet your pup and ask them to “help me train my pup.”  Tell the person to reward the pup for calm behavior by giving the pup the treat...or allow the person to pet your pup while YOU reward the pup for remaining seated.  Keeping your dog on a leash also ensures that he won't  help himself to the buffet, get into mischief or ingest a potentially poisonous flower or plant while roaming freely.

Consider bringing your pup’s crate with you so that the pup can take a rest from the action when tired and not be disturbed while doing so.  Find a cool, shady place to set up the crate and consider bringing a cooler with you with supplies for your pup’s enjoyment.  Cold, fresh water is a must, and your pup might also be grateful for a Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter or canned dog food and pre-frozen.  Giving your pup a cold, delicious snack while he’s resting will keep him occupied and happy.  You could also easily whip up some chicken broth ice cubes for your pup to snack on as well.  Our puppy students enjoy playing with these on the deck on hot days and love the taste.  Chewing on ice cubes can provide comfort to teething pups with sore gums as well!

Fireworks & Dogs:  With the Independence Day festivities just around the corner, consider your pet when making plans to attend fireworks displays.  It’s best to leave your pup at home, safely crated, rather than having him accompany the family.  More dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.  Dogs have very sensitive hearing and the loud, thunderous sounds of fireworks can very easily upset and scare a puppy or adult dog.  One of our customers had a very bad outcome when they brought their four-month-old pup to a fireworks display.  She was so frightened that she broke through her leash and ran away into the night.  It was dark and the event was 10 miles from the customer’s home.  Luckily, the pup was found after four harrowing days in the woods.  Even if your pup is left at home, you need to be cautious and careful in leaving them unattended on the evening of the 4th.  Be sure they are secure in a crate, have plenty of water available and leave the radio or TV on to buffer sound a bit.  

Taking Your Dog to Camp:  One of the most common yet extremely life-threatening dog emergencies can occur when you take your dog to your camp or cottage.  Twice in the last couple of years, puppies from our school have gotten into mouse/rat poison when taken to family camps.  If it’s your pup’s first time at camp, you may not realize that mouse/rat poison is on the premises.  Many camp owners place containers of D-Con under beds, behind furniture and in outbuildings when closing camp in the fall.  Be sure to check thoroughly before allowing your pup or dog to roam freely.  Rat poison, when ingested by dogs is an EMERGENCY situation and you need to contact the nearest emergency vet clinic immediately if you suspect your pup may have been poisoned.  Time is of the essence in getting help.  Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms BEFORE you head to camp with your pup and if you are renting a camp or staying in an unfamiliar camp, ASK ahead of time whether mice/rat poison or traps have ever been used on the premises.  Here is a link to information that could save your dog’s life:

It’s great to be able to enjoy summer activities with your dog, but please be careful and considerate of your dog’s needs when including him or her in the fun.  Supervise closely, provide ample water, food and rest and choose to leave your dog at home if you  are unable to attend to his needs during the event.  Happy Summer...Healthy Dogs!!