Summer is just around the corner- or so we keep telling ourselves! But with temperatures rising what extra steps do we need to take to make sure our four legged friends are happy in the heat?
A dog should have access to fresh water whatever the time of year, but this becomes even more important once we hit summer. Did you know, water is the main component for healthy, living cells in your dogs body? Dogs, just like humans, are at risk of dehydration in hot weather and it’s important that their human’s know when they’re in desperate need of water. Firstly, check they’re gums- are they dry and pale? They need water! Secondly, check for thirsty dogs by gently lifting the skin on their back, does it take a long time to fall back into place? Then, they need water! Our doggie friends aren’t too dissimilar to us, if you’re in need of a refreshing drink then your pooch will be too.
Time for a haircut!
If your dog has a long or thick coat, the beginning of summer is the perfect time for a new look! Take your pooch to the groomers for a little bit of pampering. Not only will your dog be treated to the first-class lifestyle, a haircut will also ensure that they’re not carrying around any extra weight or becoming any hotter than they need to be wearing their winter coat.
Does your dog need sun-cream?
That’s right, dogs can need a little extra protection from the sun too. This is especially true if your dog has short, fine hair. Just like us, dogs are at risk of skin cancer and other skin problems if they’re exposed for long periods of time to strong sun. However, don’t go putting your favourite coconut scented cream on your furry friends, your vet will be able to advice you on specially designed sun-creams for animals that won’t irritate their skin.
Know when it’s just too hot.
Have you ever retreated into the cool of the shade, despite desperately trying to get a tan, because it’s just too hot? Or avoided going out in the middle of the day, knowing that you’d rather be hiding from the heat? We respect the heat, and we should respect it for our pooches too. It’s dangerous to take your dog out in the height of the midday sun, or even to allow them outside when there is no or little shade. Just like us, dogs run the risk of sun stroke and over-heating. A good guide is to keep your dog inside, or in a very shady area, between the hours of 10am and 2pm, this way they’ll avoid the hottest part of the day. Remember, do your doggie friends a favour and let them chill in the shade.
Use a Head Collar When You’re Out and About.
This way, your dog won’t have the chance to go charging in the sun and running the risk of overheating. Your dog will get thirsty when they’re out for walks, just like we do, so keeping them on their lead means that you can stop them drinking dirty water from puddles or streams that might lead to illness and infection. How about using our Gencon all-in-one lead when you’re out in the sun for extra control? Your doggie friend can still enjoy the sunshine, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge that they’re not getting up to any mischief or putting themselves at risk.
The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking.
The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards. Gencon no pull dog leads are great for a dog trainer lead and a figure of 8 dog lead! Check out our dog training leads today!