Over the last few years, we’ve seen the meteoric rise of dog friendly days out. From doggy festivals, organised dog walks to dog park parties, there are no end of events to choose from…
Whilst I absolutely love a dog event (and in fact you’ll see me at quite a few every year!) before you head to one, check out my top tips on how to get the most from your day whilst keeping your dog safe, calm and relaxed.
Check the Weather. We all know that the British weather can be unpredictable so check the weather before you set off and pack for it accordingly. In the summer months sunscreen and fresh water are a must. Also check for rain since a lot of dogs aren’t a fan!
Do your research!
When booking a dog friendly event take a look at what is on, some parts of the event could be a bit overwhelming for your dog, especially the noisy ones. Look at the event maps and the timing of the events and plan your day accordingly.
These events often have lots of dogs sharing the same space so it is important to ensure your dog is protected from disease as well as preventing the spread of disease to other dogs around them.
Your dog should be up to date with their vaccinations and have received their parasite treatment. If your dog is unwell then it’s best to stay away,especially with any gastrointestinal signs like vomiting or diarrhoea, or respiratory signs like coughing.
Keep an eye on that lead at all times and stay vigilant with all interactions, especially between dogs. Watch your dog closely around food areas to avoid them snaffling dropped food from the ground or getting into squabbles with other hungry mouths.
These events can be really exciting for your dog so watch out for your dog getting tangled on long leashes. Even if your dog has the best recall on the planet, never take the risk of going off lead at an event unless they are in a controlled and safe environment.
Pick up that poop!
No surprises here, it’s just good manners.
Dog friendly events are not the right environments to socialise your dog, especially if they are nervous or anxious around other dogs and people. Undersocialized dogs will quickly become overwhelmed which will actually worsen their anxiety around other dogs and people as well as increase the chances of dog on dog altercations. These events are only suited to dogs that are well socialised and are already comfortable and relaxed in busy environments.