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Cool ways to Exercise your Dog in the Summer


Walking

  • Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day, either first thing in the morning or early evening.

  • Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.

  • If it’s too hot for the usual long walk, keep your dog mentally stimulated by doing some brain games instead. Refresh their basic training with some sits and stays, or teach them new tricks.

Swimming

  • Swimming is excellent exercise for dogs and a great exercise alternative to walking in the summer heat. But remember that not all dogs like to swim, so if yours doesn’t then don’t force them and never throw a dog into water.

  • Be wary of tides at the beach.

  • Drinking salt water is likely to make your dog sick and isn’t very good for them. Bring fresh water with you to the beach.

  • Wash salt and sand off your dog’s coat after swimming to prevent it drying and irritating their skin.

  • Be careful to avoid heatstroke on the beach.

  • Watch out for currents in rivers.

  • Check freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds and canals to make sure they are clean before letting your dog dive in. Some types of algae, including blue-green algae, are toxic to dogs. If your dog swims in algae-contaminated water, contact your vet immediately.

  • Dogs can and do drown in rivers and the sea. If your dog has inhaled water, contact your vet, as they can suffer complications.

  • Sadly, each year dog owners drown trying to rescue their pets. Don’t risk dangerous situations.

For experienced swimmers check out some of the popular dog water sports such as Water Retrieval, Surfing, Paddleboarding, Dog Diving or Dock Jumping. ... Do some internet research to find out more!


Indoor Play Parks


These custom built centres are popping up all over the country and offer exercise opportunities all year round, see if there’s one near you by using your favourite search engine.


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