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Making good dogs GREAT!

Summer is here! And while you’re out there with your dog enjoying the warm weather and big air, we’ve got a bit of a cautionary tale to tell. As you walk through the woods, the beach, and open fields with your dog it’s tempting to let them run along the edge of the trail, and off-leash. But unless you’ve scouted the area first, there is great potential for danger waiting your best friend.

There’s the human-made messes of garbage, abandoned fire pits, and after-dark hangouts that are often littered with broken glass and who knows what else. But your dog also has to contend with uneven ground, groundhog holes, even sticks! More than one of our dog daycare clients have returned from a weekend of fun that ended with a stick impaled in their chest!

Here’s what you can do to in preparation for your summer hikes and other outdoor adventures with your dog:

Stay on the path:

Paths, trails, and boardwalks exist for safety of the people and pets traveling on them, and the safety of the surrounding environment. The human-free zone that exists on either side of the trail might be safe for oaks, ferns, and deer, but may host hazards for your dog’s delicate paws like sharp rocks and sticks, or surprise holes in the ground. You both are also less likely to pick up a tick by staying on paths.

Keep off-leash time for your yard:

You can easily and quickly scout your own yard for hazards that may have arrived overnight from the neighbourhood raccoons, but not so much anywhere else. Even when you’re at the cottage or camping it’s best to bring a tie out stake and Dog Summer Safetyrope so that your dog can explore your site but without getting into trouble. Need a confidence boost? New Approach Canine’s Advanced Training includes off-leash behaviour.

Travel with a dog-specific first aid kit:

The average bandage made for human limbs won’t work nearly as well on your dog’s fur, so stock up on absorbent pads, gauze rolls and medical tape to staunch bleeding and protect wounds without sticking to your dog’s fur. An emergency blanket or a blanket large enough that you could wrap your dog in to immobilize and carry him to safety is also recommended. Also, keep handy the phone numbers of your veterinary office and emergency pet hospital, and if you’re traveling away from home have numbers for local offices as well. Contact your veterinary office for detailed information on what all is useful in your pet first aid kit, and ask them what institutions in your area offer pet first aid courses.

It’s never too late to teach your dog new tricks or refresh the basics. Make sure your dog comes when you call and heeds warnings before you head out on the road this summer with Basic, Intermediate, or (and!) Advanced Training. Our classes are once a week to give you time to practice new skills and make it easy to fit training into your busy schedule. Call us at (519) 208-5559 to book your spot.

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