Now that summer is here, do you have any suggestions for
ways to keep my dogs cool and happy? I am on a limited
I do a lot with ice during the summer, Mary. Ice cubes
in water bowls, ice cubes along with water in a
designated kiddie pool, etc. You can toss some treats or
kibble into the pool to encourage your dogs to get in.
One of my favorite things to offer both my large and
smaller dogs is a previously emptied plastic bottle
(think empty soda type containers), filled partially
with water and frozen. I put out a number of these at a
the dogs will simply lay next to them to take advantage
of the extra coolness; other times they will roll them
around and chew on them. If your dog wishes to chew on
it, best to put him out on the patio or in a laundry
room with towels to deal with the melting of the ice.
Just be sure to remove and discard the bottle before
your dogs are able to chew it to bits.
turn on the hose and move the stream of water around for
my dogs to chase and catch. They get a good soaking this
way, along with a good amount of exercise. If your dog
isnít into chasing water, heíll likely just enjoy
getting drenched with the hose. Keep his head and ears
dry, but wet the rest of his body and enjoy his antics
as he shakes off and dries himself.
these hot stretches, my dogs may not get enough exercise
and stimulation outside, so I try to keep them busy
inside as much as possible. Any toy that has a port for
stuffing treats can be stuffed and frozen for more
While walking my dog on the sidewalk last week, we were
approached by a lady pushing a stroller who also had a
small dog. As we got closer to each other, both of our
dogs got excited. No one was hurt, but both of our dogs
were out of control, and my dog briefly got her leash
tangled in the stroller. What can be done to make sure
this doesnít happen again?
Iím not going to answer your question from a dog
training standpoint, but rather from a "guidelines
for walking your dog in public" perspective. If dog
walkers would unite and follow a general code of conduct
when out with their dogs, I think many mishaps would be
avoided. Whether your dog is friendly with other dogs
and people, well trained or not, these guidelines would
be beneficial to us all.
yield to other pedestrians, whether they are walking a
dog or not. By doing so, you are preventing your dog
from having contact with a stranger and/or an unknown
dog, whose behavior toward your dog may or may not be
appropriate. If you are approaching one another from
opposite directions on the same sidewalk, walk up onto a
driveway to allow the other person to pass on the
sidewalk, keeping your dog at a controllable distance.
needing to pass someone walking the same direction as
you, cross the street or move into the street to pass
them, making a wide arc to keep plenty of distance
even the nicest, most friendly dog will come unglued
when out in public. If your dog begins to growl, bark or
lunge at a person or other dog, that is not the time to
stop and scold or correct it. Most importantly, keep
moving; as the distance increases you will be able to
gain better control and aid your dog in collecting and
quieting himself. Another possibility is to get your dog
behind something to block his view, like a parked car or
are good options if your dog is the one being barked and
lunged at, as well. Remember, if your dog barks and
lunges at other people, dogs or objects, itís a clear
sign that heís uncomfortable. If itís a frequent
occurrence, consult with a professional trainer who can
assist you in helping your dog over that hurdle.
you walk your dog on a retractable leash, be sure to
real him in close to you when passing others. This way
youíll maintain better control and limit his options
in terms of movement. And finally, donít wait for the
other person to make the avoidance move. Itís not
about who was there first, or which party should be the
one to yield.
being polite and mannerly, you can help everybody avoid
possible conflicts, as well as setting a good example.
Maybe it will catch on, and your neighbors will emulate
you. Borrowing from Mahatma Ghandi here, "Be the
change you wish to see in the world," Helen!