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Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

With temperatures set to soar even higher this week in the UK we thought we would share some helpful tips on keeping your dog cool and entertained during the summer.

 Its an obvious one but choosing to walk your dog at cooler times of the day during a heat wave is always good plan. We often get up an hour earlier in the summer and head to the park. Its much cooler and means the dogs still get a chance to run around and play as the park is often empty. It’s still important to carry water to offer your dog throughout your walk and remember to take breaks in the shade if your dog starts to get tired. 

When you are out with your dog, watch for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water. Remember if you place the back of your hand on the pavement and cannot hold it for five seconds, it's too hot to walk your dog. 

Swimming is an excellent exercise for dogs and a great alternative to walking in the summer heat. However remember not all dogs like to swim so don’t force them. A great alternative is a paddling pool in the garden.

 Just like us, dogs drink more water when it’s hot which means making sure they always have access to cool water. Add some ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl to chill it quicker or give them straight to the dog so they can munch on them.

 If your dog loves to play with toys, keep some in the freezer to help keep them cool during play. During a heat wave we always have a Kong in the freezer filled with the dogs favourite treats.

This weather also givens you a chance to teach your dog some new tricks and give them the mental simulation they may need due to the shorter daily walks (we're currently learning high five!)

Dogs being Dogs | How to care for your Fetch & Follow Dog Collar

Dogs love an adventure and non-more so then when the sun is shining and there is a cool breeze blowing through their ears. Plus during this warmer time of year there is no better way to cool off after a long walk then a swim in a pond, canal, sea or even just a muddy puddle! Now we don’t want dogs to stop being dogs so we thought we would share our top tips for caring for your Fetch & Follow leather collar after your dog has finished having fun wearing it.

Our collars and leads need little up keep as the natural oils from your dog’s coat will keep the leather supple, however if your dog likes to go for a swim or rolling in something smelly then just follow our below steps to help clean the collar

First clean the collar with a damp sponge to remove any dirt and allow to dry. When dry, take a slightly damp sponge and rub it on the saddle soap to get a thin covering of soapy residue that you can apply to the collar. If the sponge is too wet, the soap will get to foamy, compromising the final effect. Leave the collar to dry naturally

We also recommend using a natural wax such as Trill Farm’s leather wax, which is a natural blend of olive oil and beeswax to help keep the leather strong, supple, hardwearing and better able to resist wet weather

If the brass hardware on either the colour or lead start to darken due to getting wet then soak a clean, dry cloth with Brasso metal polish. Apply the polish to the brass hardware and restore the shine and luster by rubbing the dry cloth over the metal. Finally if the lead clasp becomes stiff a spray with WD40 will help loosen any dirt and grime.

Here at Fetch&Follow we use high quality veg tanned bridle leather. Due to it being a natural material there can be subtle variations in colour or texture; these are not faults, but a sign of the skin’s quality.

Ice, Ice Doggie

With summer just around the corner and the weather starting to heat up we thought it was time to share with you our recipe for some delicious doggie ice-cream to help keep your four legged friend cool and entertained. Plus this really is an easy recipe  and your dog really will appreciate the effort
 
Ingredients
1tbsp coconut oil
1tsp peanut butter (we use Meridian as it uses no palm oil)
1 banana (mashed)
30ml of coconut water
 
Ice cube tray

Method

 1.  Mash together the coconut oil, peanut butter and banana into a smooth paste

  1. Slowly pour in the coconut water until you have a double cream consistency
  1. Pour the mixture into an ice- cream tray (we love this doggie one we picked up on a recent trip to Japan)
  1. Pop into the freezer until frozen – It really is that simple!!! Then just pop out of the tray as a treat for your pup during this heat-weave

 Extra tips for keeping your dog cool during the summer
Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
 
On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
 
Watch your dog for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.
 
Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.
 
If it’s too hot for the usual long walk, keep your dog mentally stimulated by doing some brain games instead. Refresh their basic training or teach them a new trick
 
And of course NEVER leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open