Safety Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

Summer is the season most of us look forward to for outdoor activities, but dogs don’t do as well in hot weather as people do. Sometimes it’s kinder to your dog, not to mention safer, to keep your dog at home (and even at home, there are summer safety tips to keep in mind)! But whatever you do and wherever you go, we’ve compiled the best tips to keep your dogs safe and happy this summer!

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Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventures

Summertime is here, which means the opportunities to get out and play – with our canine companions – abound far and wide. And it doesn’t get much better than hiking with your dog. It’s a great opportunity to hit some new trails, revisit a wilderness area that may be an old favorite, newly green and sun-warmed after a winter buried under snow cover, and explore a nature that is very different from the “nature” that you typically see in daily dog walks around your neighborhood! However, good preparation and planning are key to a successful outdoor adventure with your dog. You can’t just show up at any trailhead and expect your dog to be welcome. National Parks are not the only option for wilderness exploration. There is just as much wildnerness and natural beauty to discover and explore in most national forests and national recreation areas. Websites like hikewithyourdog.com and petfriendlytravel.com are great to help you plan your next vacation with your four-legged friend while leaving the pet-sitter home!

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Fun Off-Leash at the Dog Park… Tips and Etiquette for Newbies!

The days are getting longer, you’re shedding your winter layers, which means: summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to hit the DOG PARK! For many of us living in urban areas, dog parks are critical for maintaining our dogs’ physical, mental, and social well-being. If you’ve never been to an off-leash park, it’s never too late to start. Even for those NOT in urban cities, there are still dog parks to be found and enjoyed.

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Keeping Your Water-Loving Dog Smelling Fresh as a Daisy: How to Bathe Your Dog

If you’re looking forward to spending the summer at a lake or at the beach, your four-legged companion will undoubtedly join you happily. Most dogs love to swim, though others have no interest in messing up their fur with a jump in the lake! There are a few breeds that are known for being expert swimmers, and actually, need regular exercise in the water to keep them happy and well behaved. Though these dogs may relish any opportunity to jump in any body of water, you may not feel the same way (particularly about the after-effects!). Read on for some tips on the best ways to care for and groom your water-loving dogs, as well as a few interesting facts on some of the more popular breeds!

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What's the best way to stick to your New Year's exercise resolution? Answer: Your dog holds the key, and it's a leash.

Most dog owners won’t be surprised to hear that results from a new study, published in a recent NYTimes Well Blog, found that your dog is the best exercise partner you could ask for, in terms of ensuring consistency and gaining overall fitness improvement. Amazingly, people assigned to a group that had to take a bus well out of their way to an animal shelter in order to walk a dog daily stuck to their walking schedule much better than another group of people who chose a friend to walk with them on a trail close to their home. It turns out that the people who were supposed to walk together started influencing each other to skip their daily walks. Hmm, that sounds all too familiar. The last time my workout partner and I planned to hit a spin class together, somehow we ended up at happy hour instead.

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