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Want to spend a lovely summer afternoon in the sun wearing a fur coat? No? Neither does your dog. Keep Fido feeling fresh during the dog days of summer with these quick and easy tips.

Stay in the Shade

Planning on spending the afternoon at the beach, the park or just in the backyard? Make sure there is a shady spot for your dog to relax in. Tree shade, tents with open sides or flaps, and even the underside of a lounge chair can be enough to protect your dog from the hot rays of the sun.

It’s Time for a Shower

What better way to keep your dog clean and cool than with a shower — an outdoor shower with the garden hose, that is! Hose Fido down with the spray nozzle set to a gentle release or encourage him to run through the sprinkler. Don’t leave him unattended, or your lawn could become a muddy mess. Don’t have access to a garden hose or a big lawn? Wet an old towel and let your dog lie on top of it.

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Taking your dog with you in your car is a great way to spend some quality time with your buddy. The only problem is that there will probably be occasions when you have to leave him alone inside the car. Many stores and other public buildings don’t allow dogs on the premises, so he’ll have to sit and wait by himself while you shop or transact business.

This can be especially problematic on a hot summer day. Since you can’t leave your vehicle unattended with the motor running and the air conditioning on, your dog will be left to endure the brutal summer heat. Unfortunately, a hot car can quickly turn into a death trap for any dog.

How Hot Can a Car’s Interior Get?

While many people realize that leaving a dog unattended in a car during periods of extreme heat is a bad idea, the practice can also be dangerous on a “cooler” day. According to the SPCA, research indicates that even when the temperature is a relatively comfortable 74° F, it can reach a scorching 110° F inside a hot car in … Read Entire Post

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Most dogs love nothing more than playing around in the yard. It’s a way for them to burn off excess energy, relieve boredom and satisfy their natural instincts for play. If you own an especially playful breed of dog such as a Labrador, Bearded Collie, Beagle or Dalmatian, he’ll appreciate any toys you give him that will make his playtime more enjoyable.

What exactly makes a good dog toy? According to Cesar’s Way, the best dog toys are those that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Tastes like food
  • Soft and chewable
  • Makes some type of noise
  • Holds their interest after initial use
  • Enables you to participate in playtime

Keeping these characteristics in mind, we have compiled a list of 10 outdoor toys that your dog is sure to love:

  1. Braided Rope Retriever — Does your dog love to fetch? You can spend countless hours with this cotton rope toy that is easy to throw and extremely chewable.
  2. Flex ‘n Fly — Another fun retrieving toy, this flexible rubber disc is softer than a Frisbee and recovers its shape after your dog bites
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The Fourth of July is almost upon us. In addition to family picnics, beach excursions and backyard barbecues, this favorite summer holiday is also the time for fireworks – and that might not be very good news for your dog!

While some dogs handle the booming sounds of fireworks just fine, they can be a major source of distress for other dogs. The sound of fireworks is enough to cause some canines to cower under chairs, drool or whine excessively, or have a bathroom accident. An especially high-strung dog may even decide to turn tail and head for the hills!

If your dog doesn’t react well to loud noises, your best bet is to leave him at home and attend the Fourth of July fireworks show without him. If exposing him to fireworks is unavoidable, here are some tips to make the experience a little less stressful for him – and you:

  • Prep him with loud noises — If possible, begin to prepare your dog for the fireworks well in advance of the Fourth of July. Begin by periodically playing recorded firework sounds in March
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