Summertime is tough on dogs. While they might have access to a pool here and there, taking long walks can be difficult, especially if it’s a breed prone to breathing problems. Dog owners have to take extra care in the summer months to ensure their pup stays cool and healthy, while also making sure they get enough exercise in. Here are some summertime tips to make sure your best (canine) friend stays happy, even when it’s hot out.
Beat the Heat
Dogs should never be left in your car if you’re out and about. If you must bring them with you on your errands, make sure that you have someone stay with them in the car (with the air conditioning on). Leaving a dog in a car in the heat for even a brief period of time can be extremely dangerous or even cause death.
Be careful about how long your dog stays outside on especially warm days. Make sure they have enough shade and cool water, and remember that their paws can get burned on hot pavement (just like our feet!). Try to take your dogs for walks in the early morning or evening, or add a quick mid-day walk so that they get enough exercise, and schedule a dog walking service. In Ravenswood, pet owners enjoy being close to Lake Michigan, since they can bring their dogs to Montrose dog beach for a cool-down.
Dogs can get bored if they’re stuck inside or they don’t get their usual long walks in the summer like they do in cooler months. Fight off doggie boredom by playing games like tug of war with them, teaching them new tricks, or taking them on more frequent, shorter walks. If you live on the north side of the city, and you work long hours during the day, a dog walking service in Ravenswood can help out with those shorter walks. Making sure your dog gets enough exercise and playtime in the summer can be tricky, but playing more games and making sure they stay cool when they are outside isn’t too difficult.