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The beach, the vacation time, and the weather makes summer the most fun season of the year. But summer can also be a dangerous time for your fur baby. As you enjoy what remains of summer, remember to practice dog safety in order to keep your furry friend safe. To help you, we have compiled a list of tips!

Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe this Summer

  1. Do not leave your dog in the car: This happens way too much! Some dog owners underestimate how hot a car can get in the summer. It only takes a couple of minutes for your dog to get heatstroke. So if you are running errands and can’t take your dog inside of the building, it is best to leave your dog home. dog-in-hot-car
  2. Supervise your dog in the water: Whether you take your dog to the lake, the beach, or just let him get in the pool, you need to keep an eye on him. Don’t assume that your dog will be a natural swimmer. So be prepared to help your get out of the pool.
  3. Don’t forget about the paws: When taking your dog out for walks, keep your dog off of asphalt and metal. Letting your dog walk on these materials can burn your dog’s paws and cause overheating.
  4. Protect your dog from small critters such as parasites: Pests like ticks and fleas are out in full force in the summer. Always check your dog for ticks and ask your vet for preventative medicine.
  5. Give your dog plenty of water: One of the best ways to avoid heatstroke is by consuming lots of water. The same goes for your pet! And because your pet is most likely smaller than you, you need to make sure that they are getting plenty of fluids as well as shade.


Summer is the perfect time to take your dog out for fun activities, but you also need to be prepared to keep your dog cool and safe. One of the things that you can do before summer ends is call Wag Ur Tail Dog Training for dog training classes. We provide dog training classes to the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania & Stafford areas. Schedule your dog training classes by giving us a call at 540-834-8353.

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