BRING ON THE SOCIAL EVENT SEASON FOR OUR DOGS!
As it heads into the warmer months, we are seeing more and more awesome social dog events pop up in the community; which is FANTASTIC! (The more dog stuff in this world, the better, right?). So as you start to fill up your doggie social calendar, keep these 5 tips in mind:
Whilst these awesome little dog markets and events encourage you to bring your dog for a good time, it can be a stressful experience for your pup. If you dog hasn’t been socialised around a range of people, noises, other dogs or is timid and nervous in busy environments; consider leaving your dog at home. Events like this can be a nerve wrecking experience, especially for smaller dogs who aren’t so confident around lots of moving feet.
If you are bringing your dog, have proper control of it!
It is SO important that you as a responsible dog owner, take responsibility for managing your dog. This means that you are mindful of where your dog is at all times. Whether you are using a harness, haltie, slip lead, flexi lead or any like equipment, it is super important that you do not let your dog greet other dogs without the other owner’s permission.
You are at a social dog event, so why the strict rules?
Although social dog events encourage socialisation, for most dogs, the environment alone is stressful enough without negotiating another dog when both owners are focussed on what is for sale at a stand. Our dogs give off multiple cues when they feel uncomfortable and in a distracting environment, where they may already be close to tipping over the threshold, you may miss that moment that your dog says “I have had enough”.
There are so many stalls that provide awesome treats for our dogs. The massive key is to stay natural, avoid preservatives, colourings and artificial flavours. The stalls that offer single ingredient dehydrated treats are definitely my favourite. Although many stalls offer free samples, it doesn’t mean they are good samples. Keep that in mind when gathering those treats for your dog.
Visit every stall and support small local businesses!
Local business owners most definitely put in a lot of money, time and effort to advertise to you. Take a minute and hear about what they are doing and why they are so passionate about their product. You may find a product that surprises you!
If you are a dog owner, it’s common knowledge to NEVER leave home without poo bags! It may also be a good idea to take a treat pouch with some fresh treats to reward any good behaviour, a water bottle to provide fresh drinking water and even a towel to sit down and have a rest or provide some shade. If it’s a hot day, your dog is a dark or heavy coated dog, make sure you keep their comfort levels in mind when exploring.