Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to start planning some fun outdoor activities with our companions. And what better way to enjoy the sunny weather than by sharing a walk with our dogs.
Just the mere mention of a walk can send our pets into a frenzy of excitement, making it an activity worth investing our time into, so let’s go over the essentials, so you can make the most of your dog walks this summer.
What to bring?
The items you bring with you will depend on various factors, such as the time, weather, and location of your dog walk. However, these essentials will help you and your furry friend stay safe and happy during your everyday adventures.
Our doggy must-haves:
- Collar, lead, and I.D Tag.
- Collapsible water bowl
- Biodegradable poop bags
- Doggy safe sunscreen
- Treats and/or favourite toy
It’s not worth gambling on the weather – your odds of getting it right may be just as bad as the forecast! So, when you’re heading out, make sure you can reach for your own must-haves come rain or shine. Some items to consider are a rain jacket, umbrella, your own sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes.
Transform Your Dog's Walk
Is your dog walk feeling ruff?
Here are some tips and tricks to make your furry friend’s outings more interesting and engaging.
- Change the scene, even taking a different route in the same area will be exciting for them.
- Incorporate obedience commands, this is a great way for you to bond and build trust.
- Walk with your family or friends; it’s a nice opportunity for both you and your dog to socialise.
- Take their favourite toy or change the one you bring the next time you go out.
- Change the direction or pace of your usual walk to keep things interesting.
When planning our dog's walks, we should also consider their age, breed, and health. By doing so, we can ensure that they get the appropriate level of exercise they need and that their walks are not only enjoyable, but also beneficial to their overall well-being.
Age and Breed play a significant role in determining your dog’s travel range, puppies and senior dogs are not as physically capable as young adult dogs, though each has their own limitations. Larger breeds, for example, develop at a slower rate so their joint formation could take anywhere up to 18 months, whereas smaller breeds can be fully developed at 12 months.
You can still take your beloved companion on a walk, though we recommend a slow and steady approach, increasing the duration over time, whether they are a small or large breed this can help prevent injury and exhaustion.
Prepare for the unexpected
It’s essential to look out for your dog’s well-being during the summer months. If you want to learn more about your Dog's health in spring & summer, then here are our top tips for your dogs walk:
- Protect their paws - Schedule your dog walks during the cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning or late evening. Check if the ground is too hot for your dog by placing the back of your hand on the pavement and holding it there for 7 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for them.
- Heatstroke - We may not be aware that our dog is overheating until symptoms suddenly develop. Therefore, if you notice signs of heat stroke, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.
- Sunburn - Apply a doggy safe sunscreen to any areas where your pet’s fur is thin i.e., their nose, ear tips and tummy. Your local stockist can help you find one suitable for your companion.
Walking your dog is not only a great way to keep them healthy and happy but it’s also an opportunity to bond with them and enjoy the great outdoors.
By following the tips outlined in this blog, you can ensure that your dog’s walks are safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling for both you and your pet. So, whether you’re exploring a new route or simply playing fetch in the back garden, remember that spending time with your dog is the most important part of their day. So, let’s make this summer the best one yet for our four-legged friends!
How will you spend your summer? Let us know in the comments below.