eukaThe warm months of summer are great for spending quality time outdoors with your dog. However, remember that dogs wear fur coats all year! Whether you are raising a puppy for Canine Companions or spending an afternoon out with your pet, here are some tips to keep cool and safe all summer long.

Hot Weather – Things are heating up! Don’t forget:
– Limit outdoor exercise on hot days. Save long walks for early morning or evening when it is light out, but not as hot.
– Avoid hot pavement that can injure the pads on dogs’ feet. Stick to dirt paths or grass.
– Make sure your dog has access to ample shade and fresh, cool water.
– Never leave your dog unattended in a hot car on a summer day—even for a few minutes.
– If you think your dog is showing signs of heat stroke or exhaustion, contact your veterinarian immediately.

4th of July –While we may enjoy the Fourth of July, it has the potential to be stressful for dogs. Please remember:
– Don’t bring a puppy to a fireworks display. Fireworks can do damage to dog ears.
– Keep your puppy indoors on the Fourth of July. To help them feel secure, provide familiar indoor sounds such as a fan, radio, or TV that can help muffle the sounds of fireworks.
– Consider providing a crate for your puppy or dog. You can leave the door open to allow the dog in/out access, or even crate them in a quiet room with those familiar sounds.
– If the puppy displays anxious behaviors, such as whining or pacing, attempt to distract them by playing with their favorite toy or doing something they enjoy.
– When letting the puppy out to toilet, be sure that they wear a well-fitted collar and current I.D. tag. On rare occasions, dogs that are startled by loud noises will attempt to escape the noise despite boundaries like fences.

elmo_storiesSwimming Safety – This is not just your typical “No Running by the Pool”—this is puppy pool safety! Take care:
– Pools of all sizes are great for dogs to cool off in, but remember not all dogs can swim. Dogs that are tentative to enter the water should never be “flooded” and tossed in the pool. Try starting out with lots of motivation, toys, and a plastic baby pool. Get in the pool yourself and show your pup how it’s done.
– Whenever you encounter a new pool, be sure to show the puppy where and how to enter and exit the pool.
– Always supervise your dog or puppy!
– Remove all equipment(leashes, vests, collars) before allowing pool play. This will keep the puppy from getting caught on others objects or swimmers.
– After swimming, give the puppy’s skin a good rinse with fresh water and a good towel dry. Consider flushing the ears with a cleansing/drying ear rinse and be sure to thoroughly dry the inside of their ears with some cotton.

Here’s wishing you and your pup a very fun and safe summer!

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