We are back with an issue packed
with summer survival tips.
As you know, summer is a great
season, but it has a special set of challenges. So in this
issue, we are including helpful hints on ways to maximize this
summer with your pet. We're also going to guide you on how
to prepare for weather calamities. Plus, we’re featuring the
things we can do for our home-alone felines. Cat lovers, don't
miss the article by Dr. Jane Bicks on urinary tract health.
And, last but not least, we will
debunk widespread myths about the art of shampooing your pet.
Summer time is often a lonely one
for pets. While we spend the day at the pool or doing other fun
activities, pets are often left cooped up indoors.
Why not find ways to incorporate
your dog into your summer fun? After all, dogs are wonderful
outside companions not only for individuals, but for the entire
family. Read below for some summer fun tips.
Hide and Seek. A good, old
fashioned game of hide and seek is always fun. Whether you're in
your backyard or in a national park, hide and seek stimulates
your dog, giving him a chance to exercise his mental and
scenting abilities. Put your dog in a sit/stay position, run off
and find a hiding space, then call him so he can find you. You
can play inside as well—you know those rainy days when your dog
is so happy you're home with him. And if you want to keep it
simple, you can always go with a good old game of tag—dog tag,
if you will.
Agility has become an
American dog event—somewhat like soccer is to Europe and
baseball is to America. Dog owners travel from agility event to
agility event out of love for this sport that stimulates the
body and the mind. A handler is given a set amount of time to
direct a dog through an obstacle course that includes hoops,
tunnels and jumps. Agility can be set up in your own home. Lay a
broom handle on flower pots and let your dog jump over the
handle. Hang an old tire from a thick tree limb and teach your
dog how to run through it. To find out more about agility, call
a local trainer, search on the web or buy a DVD. Train your dog
to be an agility champion and don't forget healthy rewards.
Swimming. Invite your dog on
your next swimming trip. Dogs will swim in any body of
water—ponds, oceans, puddles even! Another alternative is to put
a child's pool in your backyard. Regardless of what body of
water you choose, dogs are lovers of water.
Enjoy the great outdoors. Let
your dog accompany you hiking, horseback riding or bicycling. In
the case with horseback riding and biking, a leash can be a
disaster so we prefer you let your dog loose in those cases,
providing he or she is well trained and will not stray. A simple
walk on the beach is excellent for your pet's tendons, ligaments
and leg muscles. Just be sure your dog is wearing a current ID.
for a ride. Dogs just love
being in the car. If you're running a quick errand like putting
letters in a post box, picking up the dry cleaning at a drive
through window, or picking your child up from summer camp, let
him come along for the ride. Never leave your dog in the car
alone even for a few minutes.
Teach something new. Even
well-trained dogs can learn something new. Why not involve the
family in a summer learning project with your pet? For instance,
there's carting. It's great exercise for your adult dog and
children love it! Teach your dog how to pull a size-appropriate
cart. The cart can be small, holding just a teddy bear inside.
There are plenty of books and web sites on carting and other
activities. There are also carting events. The first step is
educating yourself before you attempt to educate your pet.
There's a great book called "97
Ways to Make Your Dog Smile." Jenny Langbehn, the veterinary
nurse who wrote the book has some great ideas to get that back
leg shaking. For instance, No. 1 is blowing bubbles for your dog
to chase. No. 60 is playing treat hide and seek.