fall/winter tips + facts
- Looking for a way to help your dog beat the heat? Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold!
- An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples and place in an ice cube tray with chicken broth. Freeze, serve, and let your pup enjoy!
- Sprinkle parsley on your dog’s food for fresher breath.
- It’s certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it’s snowing or raining, but don’t forget that dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin. If it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for theirs! On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 AM or after 8 PM - or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas. Watch out for snakes!
- If you use Frontline or Advantage, you should know that the drug translocates after application. That means it spreads over the dog in the "greasy" coating on his skin. So wait at least 48 hours AFTER a bath before applying the flea control. You removed that "greasy" coating and the drug will stay where you put it and won't kill many fleas. I know you want to clean your dog and apply flea/tick control, but you'll be happy you waited!
- The average dog drinks 1 oz. per 1 lb. each day! That means the average Labrador Retriever will drink about 2 quarts a day. This amount will increase during hot weather. Please be sure to keep your dogs water bowl full of CLEAN water!
- On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened partially can rise up to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and to 120 degrees in 30 minutes. Please do NOT leave your dog unattended inside a car on a warm or hot day!
- Keep your dog well groomed! Get a health certificate if traveling out of state. Keep up with your flea, tick, and heart-worm prevention medications. Watch out for overheating, dehydration, and [believe it or not] sunburn! Have fun this summer!
- If you're planning to bring your pets on a trip with you, be sure to take a couple safety precautions to ensure your pets have a safe and enjoyable time as well! Be aware of food dangers, skip the bug repellant, keep them cool, practice water safety, tag your pets, and prevent burns! Have fun!
- It’s hot out there! Heat stroke is a common danger for animals during the summer; especially coupled with humidity! Remember to watch your pet for signs of heat stroke - heavy panting, excessive thirst, sweaty paws, lethargy, restlessness, dizziness, profuse salivation, vomiting, or unconsciousness. If your pet shows any of these signs, take him or her to a veterinarian immediately!
Want to go out and explore with your pup this summer, but you don't think his or her leash manners are quite up to par yet? Check out our Walk + Trains... we can help!
don't forget to tag pictures of your pups enjoying their summertime adventures on Instagram with #thinkpawsitivepettraining and Share your fun photos on our Facebook page, too!
"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am."
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