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Here in the Northern Hemisphere, today marks the official start of the notoriously-sweltering “Dog Days” of summer. Many people believe the hottest time of the year got its canine nickname from the perceived laziness of dogs in hot weather; when the temperature and humidity rise, us humans may even describe ourselves as “dog tired.” However, the phrase actually dates back to ancient Rome, when the “Dog Days” described the period when the “dog star” Sirius (so called because it’s the brightest star in the dog-shaped constellation Canis Major) appeared in the sky right before or at sunrise. The Romans believed Sirius’ close proximity to the sun enraged the star, which took its anger out on the earth by cranking up the heat.
We offered some tips in our July 4th post on how to keep your dog safe and cool during these blazing summer months. But summer is also a time for vacation, relaxation, and outdoor fun, and there’s no reason why you can’t include your canine companion in these joyous activities. Many guardians find spending time on the beach to be a great way to bond with their dog. Just make sure it’s a dog-friendly shore – PetFriendlyTravel.com offers a comprehensive list by state of beaches which welcome dogs.
Here are some essential tips on how to keep your dog safe and happy during a visit to the coast:
Want to know more? The American Kennel Club offers a great page of summer safety tips for pooches, including how to safely introduce your dog to swimming if it’s her first time in the water. The beach not your scene? Check out the State of California’s tips on visiting state parks with your dog, or the National Park Service’s official list of cautions for animal guardians.
What kind of summer fun does your dog enjoy? Any additional need-to-knows for guardians bringing Bowser to the beach for the first time? Leave us a comment!