After a long, cold winter, spring is finally in full swing in Kansas City! With the beautiful weather comes many opportunities for outdoor fun with our furry friends. A little preparation will go a long way to ensure we all have a safe and healthy spring and summer.
Along with the grass and flowers, pests like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are awakening from hibernation. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to talk with your pet’s veterinarian regarding the proper pest-control medication. Our pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies, so report any unusual sniffles or itchiness to the vet so you can get your buddy the treatment needed to enjoy spending more time outside.
Whether enjoying a long walk in your neighborhood, exploring a new dog park, or escaping the city for a weekend of camping and hiking, don’t forget the essentials—plenty of water, waste bags, and treats (of course!) Just like us, our dogs can get overheated and need ample water breaks and time in the shade to avoid the ill-effects of warmer temperatures and sun exposure. Know the rules of the neighborhoods and parks you visit and be prepared to clean up after your pet. Have treats on hand to reward good behavior and as an incentive to “come when called,” especially in off-leash areas or where there are many distractions. Contact Jena if you need help teaching your dog this important skill and she will work with you to establish an effective, personalized training regimen.
Now…grab your best friend and go play outside!
Walker at Newman's Dog Training LLC