With summer upon us itís very important to consider the effect of heat on dogs. There are no warnings when a dog suffers from heat stroke, sheíll simply keel over so itís our responsibility to monitor the situation.
Cloud cover drifts in and out and a conservatory or caravan can soon become an oven to a panting dog. Leaving a dog with a big bowl of water in a conservatory or car is a complete waste of time. It isnít going to have any affect on the internal temperature, which can reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before you take your dog to any event ask about their policy towards dogs. Most schools wonít accept dogs on their grounds. What are you going to do with your dog at the school sports day if sheís not allowed in? You cannot leave her in the car.
If you plan a long walk take a bowl and water with you if your dog starts flagging you canít wait to find the nearest stream.
A friend lost a dog last summer training in the hills. One minute he was working then he went down. She rushed him to a farmhouse rapped him in towels filled with ice and drove him to the vet but he never recovered. It all happened in minutes.
High-energy dogs are not good arbiters of their own health and will literally run until they drop. As pack leader it is your duty to ensure the safety of the pack. Take control.