Top Christmas Gift Ideas for your Dog and Cat

King Charles dogs at Christmas
Tabby cat at Christmas

As we head towards Christmas, many pet lovers around the world will be busy making their Christmas lists for their beloved companions. Just like pet owners, every pet is different and so not every stocking will be the same. Dogs may be hoping for some nice chews and treats whereas cats may be hoping Santa brings them a new scratching tower or fury mouse to chase. Whether you own a cat or dog this article will hopefully give you some festive ideas to fill their stocking with. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs we have prepared four Christmas gift ideas your pet will hopefully love. Enjoy!

  1. Cat Scratching Posts

This Christmas why not indulge your cat’s natural instincts with a scratching post. Scratching is a basic need for all felines. Cats often scratch to sharpen their claws to get rid of excess claw tissue. Another reason why cats scratch is to mark their territory. If your feline friend is unable to satisfy its natural urge to scratch, it will often turn towards furniture and upholstery. Fortunately, there are many different types of cat scratching towers available on the market. Make sure you do your research and choose the right cat scratching posts for your cat! Then watch your cat have fun!

2. Dog Leads

What better way to work off the Christmas turkey and pudding than by going for a festive dog walk! Dog walkers around the country will be pleased to know that there are some great dog leads available to buy for their canines this Christmas. From retractable leads to ones connected to stylish harnesses, the list is endless. If your canine companion is in need of a new dog leash, then why not invest in ones inspired with festive themed designs for the holiday period. 

3. Robotic Cat Toy

What do you get the cat that has everything? How about, a robotic cat toy! If you are a cat owner who loves gadgets, then this really is a must have. Not only will your cat have hours of fun playing with it on Christmas day, but you will also! One such robot cat toy, is called the Ebo Catpal by Enabot. According to Amazon, the Ebo Catpal is “specifically designed to prevent loneliness and boredom in your cat while you are not at home.”

Like something from a Sci-Fi film, this little bot uses A.I (artificial intelligence) to understand your feline’s behaviours, feelings, and style of play. The bot’s eye movement and audio features help to replicate real-life play to make sure your feline friend will be engaged and mentally stimulated. These robotic A.I toys can also help your cat to get the daily exercise they need to stay fit and healthy!

4. Dog Beds

With so many cosy dog beds on the market to choose from it can be a little overwhelming trying to pick the best one. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as size, cost, comfort, your dog’s medical needs, convenience, and many more.

There are many advantages to having dog beds which make them such a great Christmas gift. The versatility of a dog bed means that they can be used by your dog to nap in during the day and sleep in at night-time.

A dog bed is so much better than the floor as it will keep your pet warm, help to strengthen their joints, and help to ward off calluses. If you also happen to suffer from dog allergies, then it is always recommended that your dog sleeps in their own bed and not yours.  Whatever dog bed you decide on purchasing this Christmas, make sure you research the market and consult your veterinarian about your dog’s requirements.

Closing thoughts…

Did you find this festive themed article helpful? Hopefully this article will inspire you to choose the best Christmas gift idea for your cat or dog. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs we have many years of experience providing a friendly and professional dog walking service for the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire regions. Call 01462 742658 or send us an email office@cbkennels.co.uk for dog walking in Hertfordshire

4 Ways to Go Green with Your Pet Today

From recycling our waste, taking shorter showers, to cutting down on our home energy use, there are lots of ways we can go green. But how can we include our pets in a greener lifestyle? Below are four ways you can go green with your pet to help protect the environment we live in. We hope you find this article interesting. Enjoy!

1. Compostable Bags

The next time you are on a dog walk and your best friend poops, why not consider using 100% compostable bags. These fully compostable bags are great for the environment as they are made from vegetable matter like potato or corn starch which is fully broken down. In comparison, many plastic poo bags can take anywhere from ten to one thousand years to fully decompose when they are dumped in landfills. Plastic bags begin as fossil fuels and end up as toxic waste in landfills and perhaps in the ocean which has a devastating effect on marine life. When plastic bags slowly perish under sunlight, toxic substances are released into the soil which can have a severe impact on the wildlife and the ecosystem.

2. Bulk Buy Pet Food

Bulk buying your pet’s food really helps to reduce multiple trips to the supermarket and the high number of plastic packaging ending up at landfills. A great way of helping to protect the environment is to ensure you only buy products packaged in recycled or recyclable materials. Many leading brands are now doing this which is great, so shop around and choose a brand that is fully eco-friendly and one that your dog finds appetising. Another great green tip is to store your dog’s food in reusable recycled storage containers instead of plastic crates!

3. Support Green Pet Industry Manufacturers

You may also be interested in buying pet products made from recycled materials. Reusing the fabric in old clothes means less resources, both monetary and environmental, are wasted in growing fibres for new ones. Similarly, why not also consider other greener ways of protecting the environment, like buying certain second-hand cat and dog accessories and products. You can support individual pet industry manufacturers on platforms such as eBay or Gumtree who often sell their unwanted pet leads, collars, cat and dog beds and other products they may have available. This is not only a great way of saving money, but it also helps to keep those products from ending up at a landfill. By donating and buying second-hand dog accessories and products, you are reducing the size of landfills and therefore the levels of pollution. 

4. Recycle Pet Food Containers

Why not consider recycling your dog’s food containers? Many dog food cans are made from steel or aluminium, and these can be safely deposited in your recycling bin after your dog has finished with them. Make sure they are properly cleaned before you put them in the recycling bins as food will often attract birds and other animals. Remember all recyclable materials should be clean otherwise they can be rejected by your waste collection contractor.

Closing thoughts

We hope you found these eco-friendly pet tips helpful. By following these green tips and others online, we can help make a positive impact on the environment. By going green with your pet today, you will help build a brighter and more sustainable tomorrow for future generations of pets and their owners.

4 Ways to Help Boost your Dog’s Health and Wellbeing this Autumn

Dog, Appenzellen Sennenhund jumping in autumn leaves over a meadow

Autumn is here. The weather is colder, and the days are shorter. Exercising outdoors can often be the last thing on our minds. However, exercising during the colder seasons can really benefit us by improving our overall health and wellbeing. This is also true when it comes to our four-legged friends. This article highlights four ways to help boost your dog’s health and wellbeing this autumn. We hope you find this article helpful!

1. Dog Groups

Puppy training classes and adult dog groups are a perfect way to introduce exercise into their daily lives as well as better socialising them with other dogs. If your dog loves splashing in the water, then why not consider registering them for swimming lessons or canine hydrotherapy if they suffer from any joint or muscle issues. Puppy Parties are another great way for your dog to exercise through playing and interacting with other dogs which will also help improve their wellbeing.

2. Fun Games

Games such as fetch, and tug-of-war are perfect to play outdoors, especially in autumn where the brightly coloured foliage transforms the scenery around them. These games can be a great way of helping your dog stay healthy. Get involved in the game of fetch, by tossing them their favourite cuddly toy or ball and then running with them to retrieve it. By getting more involved, the two of you will have more fun together which is great for strengthening existing bonds and keeping fit.

If you have an old piece of cloth or a rope, then you can play tug-of-war with your dog. The game is a great way to help your dog learn self-control. Nevertheless, this game does come with certain risks. For example, the game may bring out aggressive behaviour in your pet. Be conscious of this risk factor and try and establish a strong relationship of trust and respect with your dog before attempting this game.

3. Found You!

Hide and seek is a great game to play in autumn. You can play this game indoors or outside. Simply stock up on your dog’s favourite healthy snacks in preparation for this game. If you have children, then this is a great family fun game to play with your dog. Once a person has found a suitable hiding place, they will need to call the dog’s name. As soon as your dog finds the hiding person, that person can reward them with their favourite treat. This is another great way of getting your dog to exercise as well as helping to strengthen your existing bond with them.

4. Walkies

The autumnal hues and cooler temperatures this season make it a perfect time to enjoy long dog walks. Autumn welcomes plenty of new sights and smells for your dog to explore the next time you take them on a dog walk. Take advantage of this beautiful season by wrapping up warm and connecting with your pet and the natural environment around you.

Closing thoughts

We hope you found this article helpful. Hopefully you can explore these exercise and wellbeing activities with your dog, the next time you go on a dog walk this Autumn. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs we have many years of experience providing a friendly and professional dog walking service in Hertfordshire. Call our friendly team today on 01462 742658 or send us an email at office@cbkennels.co.uk.

Why We are Using what3words

At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we are pleased to announce that we are now using the new location-based app, what3words. For those of you unfamiliar with the service, what3words is the latest pioneering navigational app to break out and gain instant popularity around the world. As part of its unique grid map system, what3words has charted out fifty-seven trillion three-meter squares around the earth as a better alternative to lines of longitude and latitude.

How does it work?

With what3words, the globe is divided into a grid, with each square measuring three meters square and given a unique code consisting of three simple words. For example, at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we can be found under the unique three word code of cards.slave.grins. Some people find our site difficult to find however, simply type these three words in to the what3words app and you will be navigated to our entrance. Each square of grid is different, which makes it ideal for businesses to use throughout the world. The uniqueness and simplicity of the app means that three-word codes are exclusive to each location.

Accessibility

Accessibility is crucial. This app makes it easier for everyone to trace precise locations throughout the globe. Accessibility is vital for any business, especially when attracting new customers. This app is gaining popularity from many businesses in helping to put their location on the map in a more specific way when compared to other more commonly used navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps.

What are the benefits of using what3words over Google Maps and Waze?

Many communities and business who have no formal address system have felt the positive impact of using what3words. For example, in rural areas, the centre of a postcode can still be several kilometres away from the specific property address. In comparison to communities and businesses living in cities, single apartment buildings can often have numerous access and delivery points. Unlike Google Maps and Waze, which often places a random point on a location, users of What3Words, can better identify where precisely to navigate to. Another clear advantage from using what3words is that the addresses are easy to remember and say over the phone or radio. It is also far easier to type three words than a regular street address that has numbers, postcodes, and street names to remember.

Location. Location. Location

If you are a business positioned in a rural area or heavily built-up city or town then your customers may struggle to find your entrance. As mentioned earlier within this article, one key advantage of using this new app, is that for many such businesses, their customers can easily locate their address without needing vast, complex directions in just three simple words. This address-finding GPS is an easy-to-use navigation system that enables customers to identify the exact position of a business they wish to visit.

Emergency Services

What3words is also massively helping the emergency services by saving many people’s lives. The app has been commended for its functionality when locating specific positions for people in the countryside who have needed the emergency services. In 2019, three random words had helped to rescue a mother and daughter after they crashed their car in a remote region of countryside in Somerset. Their three code words of, “weekend”, “foggy” and “earphones” – enabled police to locate their exact coordinates and rescue them safely.

Improve Customer Service and Safety

Safety is a key theme within the app, and this has also helped many business users to improve their customer service. What3words can be used as a safety measure for consumers in improving their navigation, creating clearer directions, and removing the stress from address finding, therefore enabling their customers to find them more easily. At the end of the day, no business owner will want to lose business and potential customers because their premises could not be easily found.

Closing thoughts

At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we have really seen the benefits from using a  what3words address. Hopefully you found this article helpful, and you are now better informed when it comes to understanding the functionality of what3words. If you are interested in our dog walking services or looking at boarding your cat or dog in one of our luxury pet kennels, why not try finding us using the what3words app. Let us know how you found the app. We look forward to seeing you.

Surviving the Pandemic: Our Story

Like many family run businesses in Britain; at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we have had to quickly acclimatise to survive the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the two national lockdowns.

Our pet boarding kennels which can care for up to 100  pets during busy periods, went down to just a handful during the two lockdowns. Likewise, our popular dog training classes also had to adapt, from having to close completely and then re-opening with only one to one training.

Our pet friendly café also had to close which was a popular meeting place for many of our local customers; for some as a place to grab a nice coffee, tea, or cake after a dog walk, for others as a place to gather and meet friends. The pandemic really affected all aspects of our lives, and this was felt by both staff and customers alike.

Overall, the pet care and travel and tourism industries were majorly affected, and this had a direct impact on each other. It’s been very difficult because our business is directly dependent on the tourist industry and so from one day to the next, people were cancelling their holidays and also cancelling their bookings for the kennels and cattery. This alone has been the most challenging aspect of the Covid pandemic.

Achievements

However, last year on the 9th of November, the Pet Industry Federation announced the winners of all the categories of its prestigious awards competition for 2020. Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs were winners of the UK Kennel of the Year Award 2020. Amongst many criteria, the judges were looking for – high standards of animal welfare, high quality staff training and qualifications and excellent customer service. We were thrilled to have our efforts recognised at such a high level.

Shortly after this on the 18th of November, we were visited by the local authority licensing officer who once again, awarded us 5-star ratings for our kennels and day care facilities. It was such a great way to cap off the year and cheered everyone up.

Post Pandemic

Nearly a year has passed, and it feels that ‘normality’ is slowly returning to the pet care industry. Although the covid pandemic has been incredibly hard for us and many family run businesses, it has also enabled us to evolve and adapt the way we approach our business model. 

Technology

One such change came after our onsite training classes had to be cancelled during lockdown. With many years of experience offering puppy training classes at our premises we wanted to be able to help the millions of people out there who were unable to visit us in person.  We asked ourselves how do you access the services of a dog trainer during a lockdown? This is where digital innovation came into play and saw the birth of our now popular online training platform, DogBonding.com. Before the pandemic, online dog training was extremely scarce. Although there were how-to videos on popular video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo, the concept of having a qualified and professional dog trainer provide a dog training session via Zoom was a completely new concept. Today video meetings are becoming the norm and technology is allowing many businesses like ours to reach out to our customers who may be unable to physically come into our premises.

Finalists again!

As our business has largely returned to normal and we have evolved our dog training programmes to reach an online customer base, we were pleased to see DogBonding.com is a finalist for the ‘Online Business of the Year’ category for the Pet Industry Federation Awards for 2021. We were also pleased to see Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs is once again a finalist for the 2021 Kennel of the Year Award. Everyone here is keeping their fingers crossed for the results as we continue our journey as a family run business in a post pandemic world.

5 Dog Walking Safety Tips this Autumn

As we head into Autumn, many owners are enjoying taking their dogs for walks in the evenings or early mornings when it is quieter, cooler, and darker. However, when visibility is low, it is always important for an owner and their dog to be safe. Here are five tips to ensure your evening or early morning dog walks remain safe and enjoyable for you and your four-legged friend.

1. Reflection

If you are walking your dog at night-time or in the early morning, it is crucial for you both to be visible to any passing traffic. Wearing reflective fabrics or lighter coloured clothing will help you both become more visible to drivers or cyclists. Try and avoid darker coloured clothing like grey or black colours as these are very hard to spot when visibility is poor. Likewise, consider fitting your pet with a reflective jacket, fluorescent dog collar or leash that will enable them to stand out and be seen on your dog walk.

2. Illuminate

A great way of making yourself even more visible on a dog walk is by taking along a flashlight or by wearing a headlamp. Both are great although some dog walkers may prefer a headlamp to a flashlight as it leaves their hands free to hold their dog leash and other accessories. If neither of these are suitable, then you may want to consider wearing an LED belt which flashes. For your dog, you may want to also consider fitting them with an LED dog collar, an LED harness and flashing leash designed specifically for nocturnal dog walks.

3. Disconnect the Headphones

When visibility is poor on a dog walk, we need to rely more on our hearing to understand what is happening around us. Try and avoid wearing headphones when walking your dog when visibility is poor, so that you can sense auditory signals, such as a speeding car, cyclist or electric scooter fast approaching.

4. Carry your Phone but Don’t Talk on it

There are many pros and cons to using a mobile phone on a dog walk. Your mobile phone can be a great device to use if you need to call for help or if you need to use it to navigate back home using an app such as Google Maps. Likewise, many smart phones now have built in flashlights which are useful if street lighting is poor or if your torch or flashlight battery runs out. However, try and avoid speaking on the phone as this can distract your attention away from focusing on any potential dangers and from also connecting with your dog. Take the opportunity on your dog walk to reconnect with your body, your dog, and your natural surroundings.

5. Stick to Known Routes

Walking your dog in the early hours and evening is not always the best times to explore new footpaths and routes. Try and save this type of exploration for when visibility is better during the daylight hours. Stick to dog walking routes that you are familiar with and avoid any areas you are more likely to get lost in.

Did you find this article helpful? Hopefully you can incorporate these safety tips the next time you take your dog out for a walk in the morning or at night this Autumn. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs we have many years of experience providing a friendly and professional dog walking service for the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire regions. Our friendly dog walking team will even collect in and around Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston. Call 01462 742658 or send us an email office@cbkennels.co.uk for dog walking in Hertfordshire

5 Benefits of Walking your Dog Each Day

Did you know that owners and their dogs can experience many health and social benefits by walking together each day? It’s true! A dog walk is such an important part of your daily routine together. Here are five fantastic benefits of walking your dog each day. Enjoy!

1 Joint Health

Owners and their dogs can experience joint issues which can sometimes lead to immobility. If you own a senior dog, then unfortunately pain is often a part of the aging process. Just like us, many dogs can develop chronic joint pain issues, such as arthritis the older they get.  
To help treat the pain, it is often advised that you mobilise their joint area. By walking your dog each day, this will help improve their joint function over time. However, not every dog is the same and with each individual case it is always recommended that you consult the advice from a qualified veterinarian.

2 Mental Health

Many dogs love to be stimulated and when immobile they can sometimes easily become bored. Walking your dog helps to exercise both their body and mind. This can also be the same for many dog owners. Exploring new nature trails with your dog and interacting with other owners and their pets can be crucial mental stimulation for you. Dog walks can also be a great way of releasing any excess energy which can hopefully help you both sleep better at night.

3 Happiness

Regular exercise such as walking your dog can help produce endorphins. These endorphins can help make owners and their dogs feel better! It is no secret that happiness plays a huge part in our mental health and wellbeing, and this is the same for your canine companion.

4 Digestion

Walking your dog daily can also help regulate their digestive tract and alleviate constipation – so your dog’s stools are regular and healthier. Regular walks can also help your dog empty their bladder which has huge health benefits. When urine sits in the bladder for a long period of time, this can result in bladder infections so regularly emptying it can help maintain a healthy urinary tract.

A Strong Bond

Walking your dog each day is a great opportunity for you to strengthen the bond you have together. A daily dog walk is a fantastic way of spending quality time together and for your dog to look towards you as someone they can depend on and trust in their daily lives.

Did you find this article helpful? At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs we have many years of experience providing a friendly and professional dog walking service in our secure fields for the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Bedfordshire regions. Our friendly dog walking team will even collect in and around Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston. Call 01462 742658 or send us an email office@cbkennels.co.uk for dog walking in Hertfordshire

5 Rainy Dog Walking Tips

                                       

August is here and according to the Met Office, and during this period there will largely be “a mixture of sunny spells and showers.” With this in mind, try and make sure you are well prepared by following our five rainy dog walking tips below. We hope you find these helpful!

Waterproof Clothing

Waterproof clothing is a must have for any seasoned dog walker! Before your dog walk, it is advised to always check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Waterproof clothing helps keep you nice and dry if you happen to find yourself caught in a storm. Likewise, wellies are also a great choice and will hopefully keep your feet nice and dry as you venture over muddy puddles and wet terrain.

Mirror your Dog

If you are on a dog walk and it has been heavily raining and the ground is wet and muddy, try and mirror your dog’s behaviour by really connecting with the natural environment around you! Mirror your canine companion by taking in as many smells and textures as you can the next time you find yourself walking through a muddy marsh or green woodland. Perhaps also try to embrace your inner child and splash in as many muddy puddles as you can and really connect with nature. Being mindful of your environment can really help boost your body’s natural endorphins and help better connect you to your natural habitats.

Neutralise Bad Odours

Many owners are familiar with the smell of a wet dog. No matter how much we love them, there is no denying the fact that their coats can smell when they become wet. Unfortunately, many owners become nose blind to their dog’s odour once they have dried them and returned home after a walk.  However for visitors entering your home, they may be able to detect this distinct and lingering odour. A great way of eliminating this smell is by bathing your dog using scented organic dog shampoo. Once dry their coats can smell fresh and clean and the lingering smell of wet dog is usually eliminated. Some dog owners go even further to neutralise the odour by spraying their homes with safe nontoxic air fresheners or by lighting scented candles that are also animal friendly and nontoxic.

Neon Glow

If you decide to go on an late evening dog walk this August, then you may want to consider wearing a reflective vest. Reflective vests can help protect you from any passing vehicles or cyclists when you are out walking your dog at night. Wearing a reflective vest will make you easily visible to others and add to you and your dog’s safety. Some dog owners go a step further and clothe their dogs in a reflective vest too or one that is waterproof so they can also keep nice and dry.  Always check to see if your dog likes wearing them first and never force them to wear anything that will cause them distress. However, if your dog is happy wearing a waterproof vest then there are some really nice breathable ones available which cover their torso and limbs and stop a lot of mud getting on to their coats.

Preparation. Preparation. Preparation.

Experienced owners will always get prepared for any dog walk. If you are driving to the park or countryside, keep a clean towel in your car to dry off any excess water and always make sure your boots and seats are covered by sheets or towels. If it is a particularly rainy but warm August day, then always have water available for your dog so they can stay hydrated. Likewise, a thermal flask or a water bottle and a delicious packed lunch can be a great way of keeping up your energy levels on any dog walk.

Final thoughts…

Hopefully you found this article helpful. Walking your dog in the rain can be lots of fun and can help to create a strong dog bonding experience for any owner. Let us know how you found this article and your own personal tips for walking a dog in the rain.

5 Top Tips to Introduce your Kitten to your Dog

Are you bringing home a new kitten but slightly worried about how your dog is going to respond to the new arrival? If yes, then this article will hopefully provide you with 5 top tips to help introduce your kitten to your dog and make the introduction as harmonious and stress free as possible. Enjoy!

1. Praise and Attention

Dogs can be very territorial especially when it comes to a new pet arriving. Even if you are hopeful that the introduction will be a positive one, you can never be certain.  For that reason, try and give your dog lots of attention and praise when you introduce the new kitten. It is important for your dog to know that they still have your full attention even when the new kitten arrives. Dog behavioural training can also help you to prepare your dog for meeting new arrivals and this is something many owners look in to when introducing a new pet to their home.

2. Prepare a Safe Space

A great way to make sure your new kitten feels safe and protected is to prepare a safe space in your home for them. Ensure that your kitten has a comfortable bed, a litter tray, and access to food and water in their safe space, and then simply let your kitten explore their new area.

3. The Power of Smell

Another great tip is to feed your dog and kitten on either side of a door, so they can smell each other before actually meeting. However, try and make sure your dog does not bark, growl or whine at the door as this can cause your kitten to experience anxiety and fear.

4. Swap Blankets

Having your new kitten and dog swap their blankets with one another is a great way of them being introduced to each other’s scents. This will help your kitten and dog to become more familiar and comfortable with each other before meeting face to face.  

5. Box and Leash

When introducing your pets to each other for the first time, you may want to keep your cat in a travel carrier and your dog on a secure leash. This will allow them to meet each other face to face without running the risk of your dog potentially attacking and becoming violent towards the kitten.  If this goes well then try and reward both of them by giving them lots of praise and affection. Positive reinforcement is highly advised.

We hope you found these five tips helpful when introducing your dog to your new kitten. If you have any further questions related to this article then please do speak with a member of the Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs team today and they will happy to receive your call. Hopefully, by following these five top tips, you can ensure the introduction between your kitten and dog goes to plan.

4 Top Tips to Help Keep your Dog Cool and Safe in Summer

Summer is here and for many dog owners, this is the perfect season for beautiful outdoor dog walks and trips to the coast. The following article provides 4 top tips to help keep your dog cool and safe in summer. Enjoy!

Research your Breed of Dog

There are many deciding factors that determine a dog’s sensitivity to the sun. Some dog breeds are better suited to warmer temperatures while others prefer much colder conditions and need to plenty of shade. With so many dogs coming in different colours, shapes, and sizes, it is important to research and understand your dog’s breed when it comes to reducing their risk of overheating this summer.

The size of your dog is another great indicator of how easily it will overheat. For example, bigger dogs with fleshier bodies have less surface area for their size and build up heat faster. In comparison, a miniature sized chihuahua is therefore less likely to experience overheating as quickly as a Great Dane.

Dog breeds that are known for their snub noses like Boxers, Pugs and Bulldogs can also have a higher risk of overheating in the hot weather. Dogs regulate their body temperature by panting and so dogs that experience breathing difficulties can come with a higher risk of overheating.

Hydrate your Dog

Did you know that water accounts for roughly sixty percent of a dog’s body weight?

Hydrate your dog by making sure they drink roughly between 1/2 to 1 oz of fresh water per pound of body weight.

Another important point to remember is that dogs sometimes spill plenty of water when they drink due to being sloppy drinkers.  It is recommended that you add more water to their bowls to factor this in.

Understand your Dog’s Vulnerabilities

Being receptive to your dog’s vulnerabilities is crucial. For example, if it is a scorching hot day and your dog is fair skinned, then make sure they are kept in the shade and apply sun lotion. In comparison if your dog has a thick long coat and is dark, never leave it for long periods of time in the sun. Also always check their paws on a walk. Are their paws hot or blistering, are there any signs that they are in discomfort whilst on a dog walk? Being receptive to how your dog is feeling is vital for any responsible dog owner.

Alternate your Dog Walks

During the summer it becomes too hot to take your dog for a walk at certain parts of the day. Aim for times of the day when it is a lot cooler for your dog to go out. Early morning and late evening are cooler dog walking times. If you are on a dog walk and feel it may be too hot, always turn around and come home. Many dog walkers will often place their hand on the pavement or ground if they feel the temperature is too hot. If you cannot hold your hand on the pavement or ground for five seconds, then it is too hot to walk your dog.

Did you find this article helpful? If you have any further questions or would like expert advice and help from one of our professionals, then please contact us at Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs. We look forward to hearing from you.