The temperature is rising and with it the opportunities for our pets to join us for some spring and summer time fun. Below are 5 ways to ensure that your dog has a blast with you this spring and summer!
HELP YOUR DOG GET USED TO CROWDS
If your dog has been cooped up all winter, then a crowd of people or a busy down town might be a bit of a jolt. To help your dog get used to all the noise and attention, give your dog treats frequently for choosing to cooperate with their atmosphere, being brave, and otherwise staying calm. If your dog becomes overwhelmed or frightened, take them out of the situation and let them take a break. You can let them try again when they have calmed down.
EXPOSING YOUR DOG TO WATER
Going for a swim in your favorite lake, river, or pool is a great way to cool off as the temperature go up. Slowly expose them to the water in a shallow area and make sure that interacting with the water is their choice. Feed your dog treats for attempting to move deeper but always allow the dog to move out of and away from the water if they want to. Never throw a dog directly into the water or drag them in. It will be much harder to teach them to enjoy it if they become frightened.
PRACTICE RESTING AT SPORTING EVENTS AND PICNICS
Bringing your dog along to a baseball game or neighborhood picnic can be a fun time for all. The most important thing to ensure you and your dog have a great time is to practice calm relaxing with your dog. Bring a blanket or mat for your dog to rest on. Reward your dog for staying in place with a treat and help them stay in place for a longer duration with a favorite toy.
PRACTICE POLITE BEHAVIORS FOR OUTDOOR FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS
Most ice cream stands have a pet size serving for dogs. While you and your pooch are waiting in line for both of your tasty treats, it is a good idea to practice polite manners. Reward your dog for sitting by your side while in line. To ensure others in line also have a great experience, make sure you only allow your dog to greet strangers who invite them to say hi.
GETTING YOUR DOG READY FOR LONG CAR RIDES
Vacations and day trips are the highlight of the spring and summer seasons. Bringing our dogs along is meant to make the experience even better. To help your dog enjoy their time getting to and from your destination, it is helpful to tire your dog out before getting in the car. A little training, a jog, or some fetch will do well. You can also give them a favorite chew toy to work on during the trip. For longer trips remember to stop frequently to let your dog stretch their legs and go to the bathroom.