Should I Keep My Dog Outside During the Summer?

Dog in a yard

In the past, it was acceptable to leave your dog outside all day, while you were at work. However, this leaves your dog prone to mischief. Most of us would be devastated if anything were to happen to a family member. If you do decide to let your dog outside in the nice summer weather, it’s important to do so responsibly.

Here are a few tips to make the most of the nice weather.

Supervise Your Dog

Many people have let their dogs freely roam their fenced-in backyards, only to discover that their dog has found a way out. It can be heartbreaking walking the streets, trying to find a lost pet. There is also the risk that someone might take your dog. The only solution is that when your dog is outside, you are outside with them.

Provide Food & Water

You may have a set feeding schedule for your dog, but the hot summer heat can dehydrate your pet. Ensure you have a large bowl of water set up in the shade for them. Clean the dish and refill it at least once or twice a day. If your dog likes to graze, keep a small amount of kibble in a bowl for them.

Have a Shady Area

If your dog is small, you can buy a small doghouse for them. If they’re a larger breed, ensure your dog has a shaded region where they can relax when it’s sunny out. You may want to set up an awning or enclosure where they can retreat to. These structures also serve a dual purpose. If your dog gets stressed out, they can go to hide, or to have a nap.

Dog-Safe Yard

If you are storing any fertilizer or chemicals for the yard, vehicle, or home, store them in your garage or shed where your dog can’t reach them. A bored dog can get into mischief. Even if they don’t eat these products, they can still get burns or cuts on their paw pads.

Stay Alert to Warning Signs

Be aware of the signs of heatstroke in dogs. These can involve vomiting, diarrhea, blue or bright red gums or tongue, unusual drooling, and rapid heart rate. Immediately bring your dog inside and get them to drink some cool water, and spritz them with cool water. If your dog doesn’t recover immediately, get them to the vet.

It can be tempting to think that putting your dog outside will save you a lot of time. Be sure to hang out with your dog when you’re both outside. If you find that you’re getting swamped with garden or household chores in the summer, hire a pet sitter through Simple Puppy. They can come to your home and hang out with your dog while you get things done. They can also take your dog out for dog walks on a regular basis. With a bit of care, you and your dog are going to have plenty of outdoor fun.