Staying Safe With Your Dog
Summertime dog safety with your Best Buddy!
Here in Phoenix Arizona, the Valley of the Sun, it gets awfully hot in the summertime. We do what we can to stay cool. A lot of the time we choose to bring our dog along with us. We need to remember a few things to keep them safe. I have a summertime backpack that I use for the dogs. It’s full of essential dog safety products and it’s easy to grab and go with.
What’s in my dog travel pack?
- A few bottles of water
- Collapsible water dish
- Doggie waste bags
- Dog treats/kibble
- Treat pouch
- Dog boots
- A cooling mat/pad
- Your dog’s toy
- Nose sunscreen for dogs
If you have this packed and ready, you won’t be scrambling for what you need when you are heading out the door, especially if you decided to bring your dog along with you at the last minute.
What should I bring with me when I travel with my dog?
Your dog should always have a collar or harness on and have a leash with you when loading up into the car. Whatever your destination is, you are going to want to get those dog boots on your dog before they exit the vehicle. The ground is extremely hot. We humans are wearing shoes and can’t imagine being barefoot on the sidewalk, parking lot or hot gravel, so let’s keep our dogs paws safe too.
Taking your dog swimming
If your trip is going to take you to the lake, or even a pool at a friend’s house; you need to keep your dog water safe.
Ask yourself, can my dog swim? Many dog owners assume that all dogs like water and can swim. This is really not the case. You would be surprised how many dogs need to be gently introduced to the pool and taught how to calmly paddle and swim.
It is also very important thing to show them is how to get out of the pool on their own. A dog that is panicking in the pool will swim straight for the closest side and try to claw their way up and out. You need to show your dog how to get to the steps of a pool to walk out. I use some kind of a marker for them to look for, large potted plants work nicely near the steps as a target for them until they get the idea what direction is the way out.
Taking your dog to the lake or beach
A dog lifejacket is a great dog safety item to have for your dog at the pool and even more so at the lake. You want to keep your dog as safe as possible. You can’t have your eyes on your dog every minute. If they paddle themselves out too far in the lake, a lifejacket would make it much safer for them to get back to shore.
Dogs get tired swimming just like we do. If you are on a boat, they need that lifejacket on them the whole time.
When you are hiking in places that include a shallow creek you and your dog can walk in, your dog might not need their lifejacket but always use your best judgement to keep them safe.
Keep your dog cool in the sun
Shade is very important for both you and your dog. Try not to expose your dog to the intense sun too long. Use sunscreen made for dogs on the nose and hydrate your dog often. If you can bring along a cooling mat to use for your dog to rest on that is a plus. Mine rolls up nicely in my backpack.
Along with the backpack you packed for your dog’s daytrip, you can also buy your dog a pack they can wear. Your dog can carry some of the smaller needed essentials in their pack. I bring some first aid items including tweezers. Why tweezers? Your dog can get into things with their face/nose and if you take off those boots when you are resting then can easily get something in their paws. It’s always good to have tweezers on hand for both humans and dogs!
Day trips with my dog
Summertime is fun, we take day trips and sometimes longer vacations. We love to bring our dog along with us. Always check ahead with your destination that your dog will be welcome. There are many dog friendly parks, malls, hotels and restaurant patios across the USA to visit on your travels. Confirm ahead of time that the ones you are going to are truly pet friendly.
Where can I buy these dog safety products?
AZ Dog Sports has many of these essential items I mentioned for you to check out. You can have your dog try them on to insure the proper fit.
- Dog Boots
- A Dog Lifejacket
- Backpack That Your Dog Can Wear
- Your Dog’s Own Cooling Bed
Swimming lessons are also offered through AZ Dog Sports.
Contact us at 602-237-6775 to schedule your dog for swim lessons with a trainer.
Stay safe and stay cool this summer with your dog.