Summer is just around the corner, and it is the time for fun in the sun – but also be aware that heat can be dangerous for your pup.

We take precautions during our summer classes by providing shelters, cooling pools, and lots of water for hydration.

Here are some items to be aware of as summer approaches to keep your dog safe:

Provide Shade to Lessen the Risk of Heat Exhaustion.
Summer is a great time to enjoy parks, beaches and countryside trails with your dog. Make sure you protect them from high temperatures. Dogs don’t perspire like us, they release the heat by panting and perspiring through the pads of their feet. Unfortunately, this is less efficient than human sweating and they can overheat when those temperatures rise and this can lead to heat exhaustion. Always make sure your dog has access to shade and water hence why we have the gazebo’s up and the pools out during all our outdoor activities. If you have one of those short nose breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Boxers they are even more heat intolerant than other breeds.

Know The Signs of Heat Stroke and What to Do.
Look for these signs which may be a sign of heatstroke:

  • Excessive panting
  • Bright red tongue and gums
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Unsteadiness
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

If you think that your pet is suffering from heatstroke, try to cool them down by wetting them with cool water and immediately take them your veterinarian. Without prompt treatment, heatstroke can be fatal.

Be Aware of Their Paws on Hot Surfaces
Your dog wants to please and be with you and loves their walks. They’ll try to keep up with you even when they are exhausted. Walking or running on concrete, asphalt, or sand can be very hot and can burn a dog’s pads. I recommend exercising your pet early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the possibility of scorching their pads.

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car
You all know this, hot cars can be DEADLY! We often do not realize how quickly a parked car becomes dangerously hot. Even if the temperature is only 29 C and you leave your car windows down, your car can heat up to 39 C within 10 minutes. Be safe, not sorry, and leave your dog at home if they are not able to be at your side the entire time when the weather is warm. Why risk their life?

Have fun this summer with your dog and play it safe.

We hope that you can join us for some of our fun programs. Check out the new classes on our schedule! >>

Other Training Options
For those looking for private classes or that are uncomfortable coming to the group class, I’m offering private training sessions – either in-person at the outdoor facility, or via a virtual zoom call. Please email to schedule your session.