Here are tips for keeping your dog safe and happy at outdoor events.
If you love to take your dog with you when you go out and about.
An outdoor event may be just the thing to help keep your furry friend occupied and entertained while giving you some time to relax.
But there are a few things to consider before bringing Fido along.
From making sure he’s on his best behavior to figuring out how you’ll get him home if something goes wrong.
Knowing how much heat they can handle
Dogs are social creatures and love to be around people. So it’s no surprise that they often accompany their owners to outdoor events.
While these occasions can be a lot of fun for both owner and pet.
It’s important to take some precautions to ensure your dog stays safe and happy throughout the event.
Protecting their feet and ears
When you take your pup to an outdoor event, you should keep a few things in mind to make sure they have a good time and stay safe.
First, protecting their feet is important. Check the ground for hot spots or sharp objects that could hurt them.
If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paw pads!
Secondly, keep an eye on their ears.
Keeping them hydrated
Dogs love to romp and play, especially when they’re outdoors.
However, it’s important to keep them safe and hydrated while they’re doing so.
Make sure they have plenty of water available and bowls placed in shady areas if possible. Add some ice to their water on hot days.
Bring along a portable water bottle and bowl for them to use when you’re on the go.
Even if you’re only taking your dog to a fenced-in dog park, you should always be using a leash.
Dogs can bolt, get into fights with other dogs, and get lots of unwanted attention from people.
A long leash is great for letting them roam without the pressure of a shorter leash.
Never Let Your Dog Approach Another Dog Without The Consent of the Owner
Even if your dog is perfectly friendly, always ask first before allowing your dog to approach another dog.
It’s not just common courtesy, but there are a lot of dogs out there who can be touchy, territorial, or aggressive.
Also, if you’re in the middle of a training session and the dogs interact, you don’t want your dog to be distracted.
Know your Dog (Does crowds stress him out?)
Does your dog do well in crowds or is he stressed by too many people?
It’s a good idea to know the temperament of your dog and how he responds to stress.
If you know he does well in crowds, exposing him to crowds at a young age will help him get used to the idea.
Have an ID tag with you
Having your dog’s ID tag on a collar (or harness) with you at all times is another way to keep your dog safe.
Even if you have an ID tag attached to your pup’s collar, it could fall off or be ripped off during an altercation.
Make sure you have an ID tag with you in case of an emergency.
Bring your dog’s vaccination record
If your dog has had all his or her shots, be sure to bring along a copy of their vaccination record. (Note: The name of your veterinarian should be on it.)
Don’t worry if you can’t find it—in many cases, dog owners will not need to show proof that their dog is up-to-date on his or her vaccinations.
But you never know when you might have to show documentation—and it’s better to have it than not!
Bring a first aid kit
Dogs can’t tell you when they’re in pain.
Be prepared by keeping a first aid kit on hand so you can treat minor injuries as soon as they happen.
While you should bring dog-specific supplies, it’s also good to have basic supplies like tweezers or antibiotic ointment for yourself as well.
Bring water for your dog
If you’re attending an outdoor festival, bring water for your dog.
Even if your pet is well-hydrated before you leave home, he will still need water during your trip to help him stay cool.
A bowl of water is not sufficient; rather, make sure you bring along a collapsible bowl or some extra plastic bottles that can be refilled frequently throughout your trip so that he doesn’t run out of fresh water.
Use a muzzle if needed
There’s nothing worse than worrying about your dog getting into trouble or being hurt.
If you feel that a muzzle is necessary, use one and take steps to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your dog’s ability to breathe.
Know that your dog will be scared
Dogs can sense fear, excitement, and tension in their owners.
If you’re apprehensive about bringing your dog to an event that involves other dogs, your pet will pick up on it—and react accordingly.
If you want to keep your dog happy, relaxed, and safe during any big outdoor event (or really anything in life).
Make sure you take a few moments before heading out to reassure him.
Try not to leave your dog alone in the car
Taking your dog with you to outdoor events is a lot of fun, but it’s easy to forget about your pup when there are so many other people around.
After all, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to pop into a store or run an errand when you have Fido by your side.
He probably doesn’t mind waiting in the car for a few minutes.
Remember to bring treats
Especially if you’re traveling a long distance, it’s important to keep your dog happy and excited.
Having a few treats on hand—especially treats that have been frozen in ice water—can be a great way to keep them calm during stressful trips.
Always carry poop bags
Make sure you have a bag or two on hand, especially if you’re bringing your dog to an outdoor event.
You never know when it might come in handy!
Aside from being courteous, picking up after your pet is also part of being a responsible pet owner, and many cities require that you do so.
Most outdoor events (and all sporting events) will provide doggie waste bags.
But it never hurts to bring some extra with you just in case.
Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date
First and foremost, make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date, regardless of whether or not you plan to bring him along.
Some dogs need rabies shots annually, while others only need them once every three years.
If you don’t know when your pet received his last shot, call your vet as soon as possible.
And don’t forget to keep all records of past shots on hand in case you run into any trouble with security personnel or local animal control officers.
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