Tips for happy dog training in summer

For the comfort and health of our clients, their dogs and our team during the warmer months, we move our class times at Taigum, 30 minutes earlier to avoid training in the heat.

From 2nd November 2019, our Taigum classes move to summer time hours as follows:

  • Reliability and Stability – 7:30am – 8:30am
  • Foundation – 8:30am – 9:30am

Please note: No change to Puppy School hours until 9th November.

While we are training when it is a little cooler, heat and sun exposure can still be a factor. Here are some health tips to ensure you and your dog are not stressed by the heat.

1. Stay hydrated

We provide plenty of fresh drinking water the dogs at class and allow sufficient drink breaks. We encourage handlers and their families to bring drinking water for themselves and stay hydrated while on the training grounds.

2. Stay in the shade

We are fortunate to have shaded areas for most of our classes, so please keep your dog in the shade while they are working on stationary exercises or waiting their turn.

We also encourage handlers to wear hats and protective clothing while training with us.

3. Bring extra supplies for dogs prone to heat stress

For dogs that may be prone to heat stress such as:

  • brachycephalic breeds like pugs, boxers, bulldogs etc,
  • black or dark coloured dogs,
  • heavier breeds, or
  • any dog that feels the heat.

Please consider bringing some extra supplies to keep them cool. You may consider a spray bottle with cool water, so you can mist your dog (if they enjoy that), a towel to wet them down during class, a cool coat, a cool mat or ice packs on their bed.

4. Ventilate cars

Before loading the dog into the car to go home after class, consider letting the hot air out of the car. Just a couple of minutes with the doors open will reduce the internal temperature so it is safer for you and your dog.

5. Know the signs of heat stress

Be aware of symptoms of heat stress, particularly if you have a dog that may be more susceptible. Please see the RSPCA for symptoms and treatment of heat stress.

Any handlers who feel they may be affected by the heat while on our training grounds, should immediately notify their trainer or training assistant, so our first aid officer can provide assistance.

6. Have your vet’s number in your phone

Ensure you have your vet’s phone number in your mobile phone, so you can seek advice quickly if you are concerned about your dog.

We also recommend having an after hours vet’s number in your phone, so in an emergency you have the details readily to hand.

7. Prepare a “heat stress” pack for the car

We recommend always carrying water, water bowls and towels in the car, so you can cool your dog immediately, if you recognise symptoms of heat stress when you are away from home.

These are just a few tips for happy, safe training during the warmer months.

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Happy training!

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