Summer Safety Training Tips for Dogs

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Summer comes with its own set of canine perils for but with good training and summer safety training tips for dogs, most of the hazards can be avoided.

Summer Safety Training Tips for Dogs
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Leave It

Tis the season for people to toss chicken bones carelessly in the grass. We live by two convenience stores so there’s always a ton of trash to be found. Mr. N is pretty good about not eating trash (he has standards) but you never know. Leave it also comes in useful for avoiding broken glass, compost, pesticide-sprayed grass and other summer dangers.

Or when an actor is throwing hot dogs across the stage and you don’t want your dog to be in a production of Shakespeare in the Park.

Handling and Wait

Now that plants are in full bloom and Mr. N insists on rolling on the grass several times each walk, I’m constantly having to pick things off of him during and after walks. All sorts of things adorn his hair like burrs, twigs, grass, foxtails. Foxtails are the worst and dangerous as they burrow into a dog’s skin and they may need surgery to remove it.

So being tolerant of handling is key as summer means a lot of grooming. I did think about shaving him down for the summer but we’re both too vain about his looks for that. His paws are particularly prone to needing handling. He’s picked up more than a few burrs and pine needles and starts limping before I pry them out.

He knows “wait” means he needs to stay still. I don’t care which pose he is in as long as he stays put. Usually I use it to untangle his leash but also so I can grab whatever is currently tangled in his hair at the time.

Recall

With the warmer weather, he’s getting more off-leash time. It makes him happy to prance about off-leash and I enjoy watching him but he knows that if he doesn’t listen, the leash goes back on. Having a good recall is important so he’s not a nuisance while he sniffs about and doesn’t go running into roads. It takes a while to build a reliable recall but it’s worth it.

What are your summer safety training tips for dogs?

Welcome to First Monday’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop hosted by Tenacious Little TerrierTravels with Barley and Wag ‘n Woof Pets . Please share your responsible pet owner positive pet training tips by linking a blog post or leaving a comment below.  Our theme for this month is summer safety but any positive reinforcement training posts or comments are also always welcome. The Positive Pet Training Blog Hop goes all week long. Our next hop will begin July 3rd and continues for a week.

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  1. Beth

    June 5, 2017 5:08 am

    We don’t have to worry about too much grooming (other than toweling off at the front door or the car after muddy/rainy adventures and that’s Barley’s favorite thing in the world) in the summer, but we have to do similar things in the winter when Barley gets ice balls between her toes.

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  2. Jan K

    June 6, 2017 4:59 am

    Oh, “wait” is a good one that we have not used. With short-haired dogs, picking up flora is not an issue, but those leashes are always getting tangled, and I will sometimes spot a tick on them as well when they’ve had their heads in the bushes!

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  3. Beth | Daily Dog Tag

    June 7, 2017 4:20 pm

    Those are all great things for a dog to be proficient at. I’m visiting in Richmond, VA and I’m amazed at how well trained most of the dogs are. I think that it pretty common in urban areas, not so much in rural and small towns.

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  4. FiveSibesMom

    June 7, 2017 7:35 pm

    Excellent tips! Especially things tossed on the grass like chicken bones. I just wrote about doing a yard check after the winter for this very thing – in my own yard! Critters carry all sorts of stuff and drop it. Great post. Sharing over on FiveSibes FB page & Twitter!

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  5. Molly & Stitch

    June 13, 2017 6:38 am

    Excellent and great tips! Yes it is good to know when we’re walking our dogs in the areas where people live, in the urban areas. Thank you for the great article. I will definitely share it on FB.

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