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Summer Time Top 5 Dog-Training Tips

As the Super hot and sunny days of summer approach here at Mid Vancouver Island, it's essential to keep our furry friends safe and comfortable in the rising temperatures. Here are the top 5 dog-training tips shared by Best Paw Forward / DAWG Training Nanaimo to ensure your pooch stays cool and happy during the warm season.

1. Provide Ample Shade and Water

Ensure your dog has access to plenty of shade to escape the scorching sun rays. Just like us, dogs can easily overheat, so having a cool spot to rest is crucial. Additionally, keep their water bowl filled with fresh water at all times. Hydration is key to preventing heatstroke and keeping your canine companion refreshed. Remember that a metal water dish sitting in the sun will make the water boiling hot!

Dog enjoying shade

2. Limit Exercise in the Heat

While regular exercise is important for your dog's health, it's best to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. Opt for early mornings or evenings when the temperatures are cooler. Hot pavement can also burn your dog's paws, so walk them on grass or use booties for protection. A water mister or swimming is a better option than letting your dog play with the water hose. Taking in too much water at one time can lead to serious problems!

3. Know the Signs of Overheating

Dogs can't regulate their body temperature as effectively as humans, making them more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Look out for signs such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting, which could indicate overheating. If you suspect heatstroke, move your dog to a cool area, offer water, let them rest on a cool, damp or wet, towel and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Dog drinking water

4. Utilize Cooling Aids

Invest in items like cooling mats, vests, or bandanas to help your dog beat the heat. These products provide a refreshing sensation and can prevent them from getting too hot. You can also freeze treats like carrots or applesauce for a chilly snack that doubles as entertainment. We do NOT recommend Ice cubes or ice cold water for your dog to ingest as it tends to restrict blood vessels, thereby actually blocking the cooling flow

5. Create Indoor Alternatives

On extremely hot days, it's best to keep your pup indoors where it's cooler. Set up a designated, air-conditioned space for them to relax in. Interactive toys and puzzles can keep them mentally stimulated while avoiding the heat. If your dog must be outside, consider a kiddie pool for splashing around.

Dog staying cool indoors

Remember, a vigilant owner is a dog's best friend when it comes to staying safe in the summer heat. By following these top 5 dog-training tips, you can ensure your canine companion enjoys the season to the fullest without risking their well-being.

So, let’s embrace the sunshine, plan some dog-friendly activities, and make this a summer to remember for both you and your furry friend!

Our Best Paw team will be here to help you with all your training needs and maybe we will see you in September for some dog gone good Play Sessions or Trick Training or even Real Life/Parkours! Nothing better than having a good time with your best friend!

Stay cool, stay safe, and enjoy the summer adventures with your beloved pup! 🐾

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