Every other month our pet expert and Canine Coaches dog trainer Jill Bailey will answer your pet questions. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on Canine Coaches visit caninecoaches.com.
I’ve had numerous questions about taking your dog on errands and whether or not leaving them in the car is safe. It is not!
Please, do not take your dog with you on errands in the summertime. It is TOO HOT for them in the car. Remember that the temperature in the car will be much hotter than it is outside, and it won’t make any difference if you are parked in the shade or leave the windows cracked because cars retain heat. Animals can get heatstroke and suffer from dehydration; also, they don’t “sweat” like we do which makes it harder for them to keep their bodies cooled down. It is the best and safest choice to leave them home when you are out and about.
That being said, there are obviously going to be exceptions. For example, if you are working on training with your dog or if you are taking them into a store with you and then taking them right back home, then it is O.K. to take your dog with you. Changing up their environment is one of the best ways to socialize your dog, just remember to be safe when doing it.
Question: My dog is so excitable when we get to dog class, what are some techniques for helping my dog calm down?
Answer: At Canine Coaches, we like to start off each class with some relaxation techniques to help all of the dogs and humans calm down before class begins. Start by sitting on the floor with your dog. Try massaging behind the ears, at the base of the tail and giving them a few belly rubs. Be sure to watch for what your dog likes and doesn’t like. This is a great way to build your relationship with your dog as you will learn to watch them and see what they do and don’t like during this time. You’ll begin to notice that the more you do this, the more their attention will start to focus on you during this time, no matter how many distractions there are. Don’t forget, dogs pick up on our emotional states, so try and stay as relaxed as possible during this time and they will too.