Friday, May 25
Holiday Weekend and Your Dog
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend and if you are not traveling, you are likely going to or hosting a party or BBQ. That is always fun for us humans, but what about your dog? The good news for us in LA is that the weather is not going to be too hot, just a mild and beautiful warm. So below are some ways for you and your pooch to have fun no matter what your plans.
Traveling over the long weekend is always fun, if your pooch is going with you don't forget he might need to make more potty stops than you. If your pooch isn't use to long car rides, it may be a good idea to have him take a little ginger before you get started. Even though you are in the car and the windows are down with cool air coming through or the air conditioner is on, your dog still needs water, don't forget to give him water when you stop for potty breaks or while in the car if it is safe to do so. Lastly, make sure to pack a bag for your pooch with all his favorite toys and blanket, it will make traveling nicer for him.
Hosting a party or BBQ are sometimes the highlight of the long weekend, but it can also be a source of fear and anxiety for your dog. Make sure you set up an area (crate, bed, separate room, etc.) for your dog to go to if they want to get away from it all. If you know you have a fearful, shy or aggressive dog, set them up in a room or in their crate in a cool, safe place with water and come and check on them every hour or so. Give them potty breaks, but you should try to avoid putting them in the middle of the party and stressing them further. If your dog is a social butterfly, allow them to be out and about all you like, just watch out for your guests giving them unauthorized "treats" or teaching unwanted habits like begging or eating from the table. Don't forget to make sure your dog is keeping cool, drinking water and above all, enjoying himself too.
No matter if you are going out for an all day event or a night shindig you have to think about your dog. If you have a dog that gets along with other dogs and people and you are taking your dog with you, just remember water, and keep them cool (no tethering in the sun). If your dog needs to stay at home, remember to track how long you are gone, it is not fair to doggie to be gone for 12 hours without allowing him out for a break. If your dog is use to being in a crate, put him there, this weekend may not be the best time to try out leaving him out. Depending on what area you are in, there may be fireworks and that can be very scary for some dogs, so keep that in mind when you plan your evenings.
The last piece of advice is to take some time for your dog this weekend and do something special. No matter if it is going to the beach or a hike or just a little extra play time in the park, include them in the celebration. Be safe, have fun and don't forget about your dog!
Posted by Bark & Clark