Summer is here! That means sun, shades, and more opportunities for adventures with your pooch. Take advantage of the warm weather and get in some exercise, bond with your dog, and maybe even shed some of that leftover winter weight! The summer months are the perfect time to do a little extra exploring or to find some new activities.
Here are some fun ideas for outdoor activities for you and your pup to try this summer:
While increased activity for your pal can be good for their health and wellness, it can also create the potential for increased injury risk. Keep these things in mind when you and your dog amp up the activities this summer.
Before you undertake any new exercises or increase your pal’s physical activities, a quick trip to the veterinarian is a good idea. Your veterinarian can give your dog a thorough exam confirm they are healthy enough for greater activity levels and also to make sure there are no underlying conditions that could prevent your dog from enjoying the outdoor fun.
It’s important to remember dogs don’t sweat all over like people. To stay cool, dogs pant and sweat a little through their paws. When you’re outside enjoying the warm weather, make sure your pooch has access to water and shade. You can also consider putting a cool bandana around their neck – simply wet the bandana down, wring it out, pop it in the freezer for a bit, and, once it’s cold, drape around your dog’s neck.
The warm weather and increased camaraderie can cause a lot of excitement, but when you’re out and about with your pal, make sure you don’t overdo it. Take a break every once in a while and, if you’re in the sun a lot, make time for some shade and AC.
While it can be painful to think about your dog getting injured, it’s important to know what to do should you encounter an emergency. Prior to going on your summertime adventures, make sure you know dog CPR and first-aid. This can be especially important if you enjoy camping, hiking, or other activities that tend to be isolating and further away from help.
If you and your dog ever get separated, you will want to make it as easy as possible for you two to be reunited. If your buddy sneaks away or gets spooked and bolts, it can be nerve-wracking when you can’t find them. Getting your dog microchipped is a great way to find them should they ever get lost. What’s more, wearable technology for pets is a growing market that includes GPS for dogs – just another way to keep track of your pooch!
When rain showers strike, they put a damper on the outdoor activities many of our dogs look forward to. It can be especially troubling for high-energy breeds that need frequent and consistent exercise and stimulation.
When the inevitable scattered shower disrupts playtime, here are a few safe indoor activities that can give your dog a little physical activity:
Summer is a great time to take your playtime routine to the next level! From exploring the great outdoors to soaking in the rays from the swimming pool, the opportunities for fun are seemingly endless. However, as the activities increase, so does the potential for injury.
An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Complete CoverageSM plan is a great way to help cover the costs for both unexpected injuries and routine visits. Fetch a free quote now and enroll in a plan that is right for you. Enjoy the summer with the comfort of knowing you’re covered!