Dog Adoption Tip #20 – Extreme Weather Safety

extreme weatherIn this tip, we are talking about safety in extreme weather conditions because the weather can pose a hazard to your dog, especially if he spends a lot of time outdoors.  Ideally, your dog lives indoors most of the time. If he’s in and out, make sure that he can come in easily by using a doggie door. If he does spend time outdoors, he will need a high-quality dog house that protects him. A really good doghouse won’t heat up too much in the heat and really offers protection from the elements.  And if you live in a cold climate make sure his paws are protected, not only from the snow and ice but also from salts and other materials and chemicals that are used in snowy areas.

Never leave a dog unattended in a car.  You’ve probably heard so much about this on social media but it’s so important.  Even for a couple of minutes, with the windows rolled down when it’s hot, even when it’s cold, it’s just not safe.  Cars heat up much faster than you might think. And always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink.

Here is today’s tip:

Pets need protection from extreme weather conditions, hot or cold.  Pretty basic, but they need protection.  If you can’t get outside to exercise them because it’s really hot or really cold, consider a doggie daycare or a playgroup to make sure that they’re getting plenty of stimulation and exercise.

Lakes Animal FriendshipWhile I mentioned that I believe all pets should live indoors, for some families this just isn’t possible, so here’s a link to an amazing doghouse project that was started at Lakes Animal Friendship, located in Canada. You can find instructions here to make your own really well constructed, and really cool doghouse that will offer your dog protection from the elements.  Looking for more information about adopting a dog? Or know someone who is? Pick up a copy of What to Expect When Adopting a Dog.

Protecting your dog from extreme weather conditions

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