By far one of the best things about summer is the parties! From 4th of July firework shows to backyard BBQ and pool parties, there is no shortage of opportunities to get together with friends and family and celebrate everything this season has to offer.
For us humans, this time of year is a lot of fun. But, for our canine companions, it can be stressful and even dangerous.
Between having strange guests over, laying out large spreads of picnic foods, and shooting off loud fireworks there are many opportunities for your pup to end up scared or overwhelmed, or get himself into trouble while consuming foods he shouldn’t!
For that reason, I wanted to share some of my most popular blogs that share valuable information on how to keep your pup safe, calm, and happy during the summer season.
Dogs who are scared of fireworks–-as well as thunder, gunshots, or other loud noises-–is a topic that I am passionate about. There’s nothing I hate more than seeing animals in fear, especially dogs.
For those of you who own dogs with a true fear of loud noises, you may feel overwhelmed when challenging dog behaviors occur, such as peeing in the house, shaking, running away, or hiding under furniture.
These sense of frustration, overwhelm, and the feeling of helplessness arises for two reasons:
The good news is that all the undesirable behaviors that come with a fear of loud noises are simply signs of a dog that is stressed. And these unwanted behaviors can be stopped without force, fear or aggression when you have the right tools to help your dog.
To ensure your dog is calm and relaxed this 4th July when the fireworks are going off, check out this article here that helps you tap into the psychology of why dogs get so scared so that you know where your dog is coming from.
Everyone loves indulging in a cold treat on a hot day—even your dog! That being said, a lot of human treats, like:
…are not a healthy or safe option for your pup.
Not to mention, if your dog is obese, those fat and sugar-filled treats could contribute to major health issues for your pup.
So what kind of cool treat can you spoil your dog with this summer? I personally recommend homemade dog popsicles. Not only are they easy to make and cheap, but they are also safe and packed with nutritious ingredients that are actually good for your dog—in moderation of course!
(There is nothing like knowing EXACTLY what your dog is eating!) Here are the top 3 dog popsicle recipes that I recommend.
“So is my dog being aggressive or are they just excited?” This is the big question that many people are asking themselves, (and often me) as their dogs race up bounding and barking at dogs that they meet.
The answer is not simply one or the other, and in most cases, I would suggest it is a bit of both.
As I explain in this very popular podcast, the more excited your dog is the more chance that their behavior may be interpreted as aggressive or threatening. And, so the calmer your dog is the better your chances of a calm encounter.
To understand this better and what to do about it Listen to the podcast here!
Dogs are unable to speak English so they’re never actually going to shout out “Hey, can you turn the AC up!” BUT… That doesn’t mean they don’t overheat, just like we humans do!
So if your dog is lethargic, panting and generally looking down – and it’s a stinking hot day – then it’s very possible that they are suffering in the heat. Here are some super simple tips and ideas that you can put into play straight away to keep them cooler.
Finally, the best way to keep your dog safe and happy this summer is to ensure he has a solid training foundation. Why? Because when your dog is able to remain calm and listen to you, life becomes a lot less stressful on him–even in the midst of chaos!
The idea is that you want your dog to trust you and to look to you for guidance when he is struggling. When he does this, you can avoid many dangerous and unwanted behaviors, such as your dog:
Want to know the secret to how I’ve trained over 37,000 dogs?
I wish you and your pup a happy, fun, and safe summer!