By Tuff Leash, Jun 12 2018 05:53PM
Summer is finally HERE! It's time to get out with your dogs and enjoy the dog parks, trails, camping, lakes and rivers!
Before heading out this summer, take a minute to read our Top 10 Safety Tips & Tricks for Summer Dog Trail Safety.
#1 - Before heading out, check all of your leash and collar hardware. Inspect it for cracks, rust, sand, dirt and debris. Make sure it is all functional and secure.
#2 - Hand wash all reflective dog collars, leashes and harness mild laundry detergent. This will remove all dirt and debris to ensure hi visibility. Let air dry.
#3 - Build a first aid kit for your furry little friend. There are commercial K9 first aid kits available that are very practical. They key is to have items for lacerations, stings, sore paws and even electrolytes!
#4 - Bring a collapsible dog bowl with you for "on the go" food and water.
#5 - Keep your dog on a leash, especially when on the trail with horses, mountain bikers, hikers and other wild animals.
#6 - If boating, consider a life preserver / jacket for your dog.
#7 - Dog booties. Asphalt can get extremely hot in the summer as well as rocky surfaces. Dog booties are a great thing to keep in your pack...even if your dog has "tough paws."
#8 - Don't forget to bring water for your dog. This seems pretty simple, but it often gets overlooked.
#9 - Learn basic first aid for your dog. Know the common signs of fatigue, dehydration, pain, etc.
#10 - Immunizations. Is your dog current on all of their immunizations, heart worm, etc.?
Have a great summer! Be safe out there.