July 1, 2010
You have been waiting for months, and it’s finally time to dive in! Beach and pool season is upon us, and chances are you’ll be enjoying one of these cooling-off options this summer.
But remember, there’s no need to leave the dog at home! DogWatch Hidden Fences has compiled another batch of summer tips, this time focusing on water safety for dogs. While the issue of water safety for dogs is very serious, we know that with careful planning, training and attention, you and your dog can stay cool and have a blast this summer. Let’s start with the basics…
All dogs can swim, right? Not exactly. Some dogs, like Portuguese water dogs and retrievers, are terrific natural swimmers, while others, especially short and/or stout dogs like bulldogs, basset hounds, corgis and pugs, have a much harder time than others. Regardless of breed, all dogs should be gradually introduced to water rather than simply being tossed in unattended.
According to the ASPCA, swim lessons should start as early as possible, preferably when the dog is a still a puppy. Even if this is not possible, proper training is still key to ensuring that your dog is safe and reacts positively to water.
This video of Ruby the Dogue de Bordeaux learning to swim provides a great lesson plan for dogs. Dog trainers suggest that you get in the water first, and slowly encourage your dog to follow you in, one step at a time. Take your time and give the dog lots of praise and encouragement. Having a dog friend around can also help: your dog may follow her friend into the water if she sees her go in safely.
June 16, 2010
Summer may not officially start until Monday, but the weather isn’t waiting. The hot days are already here, and no doubt you’ve already made steps to beat the heat. As you pull down your summer clothes, turn on the AC and stock up on water, don’t forget to take care of your dog during these dog days.
DogWatch Hidden Fences has compiled a checklist to help keep your dog healthy in the summer heat.
1) Keep your home cool
We know that keeping the AC on at home while you are at work can be expensive. At the same time, it is important to maintain a healthy temperature if you leave your dogs in the house on really hot days. If you have an air conditioner, setting it to a higher temperature, such as 80 or even 85 degrees, will be a little easier on your wallet while helping to keep the house from getting too hot when the outside temperature reaches 90 or above.
Hydration is also important. Make sure your dogs have plenty of water during the summer. Plan to bring along water during long walks and any trips out of the house.
For dogs that stay outdoors during the day, make sure that they have plenty of readily accessible shade and water. DogWatch Hidden Fence users will want to make sure that there is enough shade in the fence area for their dogs, and that they leave plenty of water for their dog within that area.