How to Have a Fun and Safe Summer with Your Dog

Discover essential tips for bonfires, pool safety, fireworks, thunderstorms, and travel to make the most of the season with your furry friend.
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Here are the basics you need to know for a safe, super season with your dog

It’s finally here! A summer full of barbeques, pool parties, vacations, and other fun in the sun is just beginning for humans and their canine companions. 

Bonfires and Barbeques

Who doesn’t like a summertime cookout or campfire? While these seasonal staples may be fun, it’s important to be vigilant with your pup around open flames, where an accidental tail wag can cause an unwanted and dangerous accident. Be sure to supervise your pet around fire of any kind, including stoves, grills, and any beachfront blazes.

Stay Cool with the Pool

A dip in the swimming pool is the perfect way to beat the heat, but a little caution goes a long way. Certain breeds, including Boxers, Bulldogs, and Pugs are typically not great swimmers, and most dogs with dense muscles and large heads (like Pekingese, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bassett Hounds, and Dachshunds) struggle in the water as well. Make sure to keep an eye on your pooch around water to save yourself a fully clothed rescue mission and remember: if taking a dip in a lake, pond, or river, rinse your pup off to avoid ear mites, eye infections, and insects which can embed themselves into their fur.

Fireworks and Thunderstorms

Dogs have hearing four times more sensitive than humans, so loud noises for us can be especially difficult for them. Whether it’s fireworks or thunder doing the booming, you can help your pet feel secure and protected by creating a comfortable den, like a properly introduced crate or cozy dog bed, for them to relax. Model calm behavior and speak matter-of-factly to assure them that they are safe, and be sure to keep all identification updated, just in case of escape.

Travel Time

They call it summer vacation for a reason! If your family brings Fido along for the ride, a few basics can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Make sure your pup is wearing an up-to-date identification tag, is microchipped, or both. While traveling, make sure your pet is properly restrained in a crate (airline- or train-approved, if applicable) or on leash if out and about. Last, exercise your pet before you leave and once you arrive at your destination to help them relax and acclimate to their new surroundings.

Warm weather, new destinations, cookouts and carefree days: it’s summertime for sure. With these quick tips, both humans and canines can enjoy the season to the fullest.

Need help or have questions? Bark Busters is only always a call away for consultation and training solutions to help you enjoy a better summer together with your dog.

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