Most dogs love being outside. They love to run, play, and to explore all the new and wonderful things the word has to offer. As pet owners, it is our job to ensure they have ample opportunity to get outside do all those things, but it’s also our job to ensure they are safe while doing it.
Here are three things I believe are absolutely essential for every dog to have while they are outside.
I have a 6-year-old beagle named Daisy, who has never been one to drink a ton of water. In fact, I was once so concerned that I spoke to her veterinarian about it, and as it turns out it’s perfectly normal for her. However, knowing that she doesn’t drink a lot of water doesn’t mean she doesn’t need it available at all times.
Dogs are like humans in that dehydration is a real risk to them, and like humans it could even kill them. So, even if Daisy is just going to be outside for a short while, I carry a bowl of fresh, cool, clean water with us.
Obviously if your dog lives outside it needs shelter, but do they really need it when they are just outside playing? In my opinion, yes, they do. Shelter isn’t just to get out of the weather, it’s also a place for a dog to retreat to when they are scared or stressed. I know that when we have family gatherings here at our home, Daisy likes to hang out in her shelter and watch the visitors.
A dog’s “shelter” will really depend on what it is used for. A dog who lives outside will need something totally different from a dog that is outside playing. Daisy likes it when I drape a cloth over my chair to create a “doggy fort” that way she is close to me and out of the way. When it’s raining or hot she likes to sit inside the garage while looking out one of the doors.
Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what type of “shelter” works best for your dog.
Most important of all; supervision
I cannot express enough how important supervision is for any dog who is outside. There are so many things that can go wrong in the blink of an eye that if your dog is unattended for too long it could cost it its life.
Daisy is never outside without someone watching her, even if that means I’m standing in the kitchen looking out the window.
Spending time outside is a must for any dog, and it’s up to you as their caretaker to ensure their time outside is not only fun, but is also safe.
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