The summer season is in full swing now and picnics, road trips and fun in the sun have likely already begun. If you’re looking for a way to take your dog along for a picnic or allow him to spend time with the rest of your guests outdoors, you’ll want to follow these tips to ensure safety and an enjoyable time for all.
Remember that dogs need shade too. Extreme temps and warm sun are hard on dogs so you want to ensure there is plenty of areas with shade, fresh water and somewhere your dog can retreat to when he wants to relax.
Keeping your dog’s best interest in mind may even mean leaving them behind at home where they are cool and secure. If there won’t be accommodating conditions or large crowds that may confuse or frustrate your dog, you’ll actually do them a favor by not dragging them along.
Include Your Dog in Activities
Make time to toss the ball, share some safe foods with them and make them feel included in the day’s activities. If your dog’s favorite thing to do outdoors is playing fetch, don’t keep him from that fun time because you’re mingling with others. With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, it also makes sense to find out if any fireworks will be used at the event as dogs can be scared and run away. Plan to leave early or have them go indoors to avoid issues.
Use Wireless Fencing
Pet containment systems also offer a stress-free way to allow your dog the freedom to spend time outdoors without worrying if they’ll run into the roadway and be in danger or leave the boundaries of your home area.
DogWatch Hidden Fence is rated a Consumer Digest “Best Buy” in the underground pet Containment category. The hidden fence works by transmitting a coded FM signal through a wire buried around the perimeter of your yard. If your dog gets close to the boundary wire, an audible warning reminds your dog not to cross and if they ignore it- which is rare after training – the collar then emits a mild stimulation to stop the dog.
Dog Watch of Western Massachusetts provides user-friendly products and safe effective containment for your dog or cat as well as the training and support needed to allow you and your pet to enjoy your yard and freedom more than ever.