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.
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.
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 Terrier, Travels 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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