Features June 2017 Issue

Summer Activities for Your Dog and You

We’re not all blessed with nearby areas where we can safely allow our dogs to run off leash – but it’s certainly worth the investment in travel and training time to prepare your dog for a summertime field trip (sorry, couldn’t resist!) to such a place!

Summer Activities for Your Dog and You

An exhaustive list of resources for dog-friendly summertime fun – no excuses!

Before you embark on a trip with your dog, think of her individual preferences in addition to yours. It’s wonderful when your dog is easygoing and gets along with everyone. Our dog is one of those – she greets all humans and other dogs (and even cats and rabbits!) with a happy tail wag and sniff. But your dog may not be as social, so determine realistically the sort of places and times where your dog will be most comfortable. Is there a particular path or trail that is less populated at certain times? If your dog is reactive, maybe it’s time to work on some counter-conditioning and desensitization before embarking.

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