Connect with us


Top Summer Safety Tips for Dogs



Hot dog—we have a wiener! Summer is a haze of fun for humans and hounds alike. Our furry friends love to join in the flurry of activity, whether we’re having summer picnics, taking summer nature walks, or going for a summer swim. One thing to be mindful of, though, is that warmer weather can be dangerous for a pup. Dogs barely break a sweat, and they regulate their temperatures almost solely through panting. (Ever see every dog ever breathe through an open-mouthed smile with a rolling tongue? That’s why.) Check out summer safety tips for dogs and learn how to keep your dog cool this summer.

NEVER leave your pup in a hot car

This is one of the most obvious summer safety tips for dogs, but it’s super-critical (not to be confused with ‘supercritical’—which, as a fitting aside, pertains to fluid at a greater temperature/pressure than its critical temperature) and bears repeating. You can justify it all you want—“oh, there are no dogs allowed here” or “I’ll only be a few minutes”—but these are ultimately excuses for compromising your dog’s safety. A: if there are no dogs allowed, you’ll just have to come back another time. B: a few minutes is all it takes before your dog can develop heatstroke or suffocate. If you wouldn’t do it to a baby, don’t do it to a fur baby. Just don’t leave your dog in a hot car. Glad we got that out of the way early.

Protect your dog against fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other six-legged parasites

Summertime is a happy time for most—unfortunately, that includes six-legged parasites. As humans, we can roll on the insect repellant, but this is not as simple for your furry bestie. There are a number of ways to protect your pup from fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, and you should do what you can. Parasitic infestation can be a slippery slope to heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. Unfortunately, these diseases are transferrable to humans, too. Keep your pup protected to keep the whole family safe.

Spare a thought for the paws

What’s the warmest part of a dog? You may be surprised to learn that it’s the part without fur—well, some of the time. We discussed earlier how dogs regulate body temperature by panting. There is another way to do this, and it’s through the paw pads. Imagine walking on hot asphalt with bare feet. In the summertime, this can be a dog’s every day. They don’t have little dog shoes and it’s one of the few times their skin makes direct contact with anything. And because dogs barely sweat, if their paw pads overheat, they probably will, too.

How do we resolve this? Keep your dog off hot asphalt or metal when possible. If your asphalt path runs along grass or dirt, consider letting your dog walk slightly off-path. Even better, choose a walk with minimal asphalt or hot surface. Definitely don’t let your dog ride in the back of a metal truck—road safety issues aside.

Provide ample shade and fresh water

‘Seek shade’ is part of the super-patriotic Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide campaign we all know and love. It’s good advice, it’s free to do, and even more critical for dogs. As we have established throughout this post, dogs have limited ways to regulate their body temperature. Whenever possible, keep your dog in a shaded area. By avoiding direct sunlight, dogs better protect themselves against overheating and—worse—heatstroke. It’s also important to keep the drinks flowing. Not only does water provide essential hydration, but it’s also one of the ways to keep your dog cool. Refill your dog’s bowl throughout summer, even when it’s not yet empty. Fresh water certainly beats the lukewarm variant.

Gift your dog a ‘fur kiddy’ pool

Because dogs regulate their temperature through their paw pads, it only follows that a kiddy pool would be a great way to cool down the body. Let your fur kid take a paddle in their own pool. This will not only feel cool underfoot, but it will look totally adorable.

Don’t overestimate your dog’s swimming abilities

Some dogs take to water like ducks to…well, water. Others need to work on their doggy paddle. If you have a pool in your backyard, ensure it’s fenced off. Not unlike children, you shouldn’t allow a dog to swim without supervision. If the dog can access the pool without assistance, then it’s not fenced off enough.

For extra protection around the water, why not try one of our dog swim jackets? Available in nine different designs, these extra buoyant foam jackets contain a double-velcroed neck strap. So not do these assist in keeping your dog afloat, but they also help to keep heads above water…literally.

Luna wearing one of Stylish Hound dog swim jackets in the Tropical design.

You’ll notice that all nine of designs are bright, colourful, and eye-catching. Not only does this look super stylish, but it also optimises canine visibility. Should your dog float out of sight, just make like a bower bird and follow the bright object. Who knew that safety and style could go together? This is totally our thing. It could be yours, too. Grab a dog swim jacket in your favourite design today.

Don’t assume your doggy has a furry shield against UV

That’s right: dogs can sustain sunburn, too. Short-haired and light-coloured doggos are especially at risk. (Unsure if this means that a snow-white samoyed’s long hair will cancel out the extra risk. Doge maths is vague.) 

Though their fur coat provides greater protection against the sun, it’s not foolproof. Like us, dogs can sustain painful sunburn, which increases the risk of skin cancer. The best solution to this is dog-friendly sunscreen! Please note that not all sunscreen will work on favourite fur kids. Speak to your vet about what’s cool for canines. 

Embrace the exercise routine!

We all may be a little guilty of neglecting the exercise routine throughout winter. Falling into this trap is very easy. However, once summer rolls around, you’ll have no excuse! (Apart from maybe the opposite problem. Exercising in hot temperatures can come with its own issues, but we digress.)

Provided it’s not a scorcher (and your dog can keep their little footsies cool enough), use the warmer weather to your advantage and embrace the old exercise routine! Summer has many opportunities for nature walks or swimming—all of which your dog can join in on. Just be careful not to go too far in the other direction. Overexertion is a very real thing for dogs. Like you, they’ll also need to break it up with rest periods. If your dog is overweight or easing back into exercise, speak to your vet about appropriate exercise durations.

Use the leash

For dogs, summer is a sensory feast of barbecue smells, people playing outside, other dogs and critters frolicking nearby, and new, exciting locations. Dogs take in every last drop of stimuli around them, so they may be in for sensory overload or overexcitement. If your dog is jumpy—or not super responsive to their name—it’s best to keep them on a leash. (Many public spaces legally require dogs to be on leashes, anyway.) Even if the area permits off-leash dog walking, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

How do you have a leash with two clips? Like so! Introducing our Multi-Function Leash in the Newtown design.

Need a new leash? We have you covered in the Stylish Hound online store. Choose from our classic, obedience, or multi-function varieties. What is the difference between all three, you ask? Well, classic leashes are unadorned leashes without the bells and whistles—unless super stylish designs count as extra embellishments. Our Cruise Control Obedience Leashes are for dogs who love to pull. It features a ruched elastic function, absorbent of any sudden movements or jolts. Pair these with one of our No-Pull Harnesses to really keep a dog in line. 

Our Multi-Function Leashes, on the other hand, are double-clipped (as opposed to single-clipped with a handle). Use this for better-angled control of your dog, walking two dogs at once, or walking a dog hands-free. How do you walk a dog hands-free? By attaching one of the buckles to our treat pouches, of course. If you want to walk the dog with increased flexibility, then our Multi-Function Leash may just be for you. All of our leashes are available in funky (or monochromatic, if that’s more your thing) designs. Your dog will be the slickest puppy on the sidewalk.

Continue Reading


Clear Enclosures Give Your Pet Safety and a Great View



A lot of pet owners close their pets in a single room or a kennel when they’re away from home. That’s particularly true of dogs, because they can sometimes get into things while their owners are gone. Cats are less likely to do that, so they’re usually not kenneled. If you have a dog who needs its own enclosure when you’re at work or the grocery store there are options to provide your pet with comfort, security, and a good view of the world around them.

Problem: Standard Kennels Have Bars to Look Out Of

Most kennels are square or rectangular cages that keep your dog enclosed. They can be large enough to turn around comfortably in, but they don’t give your pet a lot of room beyond that. Kennel training or crate training is a common way to keep your dog in one spot when you can’t watch over them, and a lot of pet owners also use this method at night, so everyone can sleep without interruption. The lack of space inside the kennel, though, can get uncomfortable for your pet pretty quickly.

Solution: A Clear Enclosure Provides an Unobstructed View

With clear enclosures from a company like Clearly Loved Pets, your dog will be able to see everything around them without bars in the way. They also don’t have small spaces to stick their nose or paws through, so they won’t get pinched accidentally. Another bonus of clear enclosures is that they can be made to fit nearly any size or space. Your dog can have more room than it would have in a kennel, so it can enjoy playing and moving around much more freely, even if you have to be out of the house for a while.

Keeping Your Dog Safe Is Extremely Important

Your pet’s safety matters, and the right kind of enclosure will enhance that instead of taking away from it. Not only can your pet see you and the rest of its environment easily with a clear enclosure, but you can also see your pet and everything it has access to. Toys, food and water, puppy pads, and a soft place to lie down can all be put into the enclosure, and your pet will have everything it needs while you go about running errands or head off to work.

An enclosure that matches safety with aesthetics and comfort for your pet really is possible, when you can create the right size and type of space. There’s no more worrying about what your pet is up to while you’re away, when you can keep them confined to a space they can still enjoy.

Continue Reading


Caring for Your Furry Friends: The A-Z of Pet Care Essentials



Welcoming a pet into your family is a decision that brings joy and a sense of companionship into your home. It’s essential to consider how to ensure their well-being, primarily when regular responsibilities or travel pull them away. For those moments when you can’t be there personally, services like cat sitting services San Diego CA, provide reassurance that your pet is in caring hands. However, the need for comprehensive pet care extends beyond securing a loving pet sitter; it encompasses understanding and catering to the in-depth needs of your pet to cultivate a thriving environment for them.

Pets, like humans, require consistent care that addresses health, nutrition, and emotional well-being. Their essential needs vary widely depending on the species, breed, and individual personality. By acknowledging this, pet owners can personalize their approach to pet care, ensuring their furry friends lead a comfortable, happy life.

Creating a Safe and Welcoming Home Environment

A pet’s environment significantly impacts its health and happiness. Establishing a safe and pet-friendly home is one of the first steps toward responsible pet ownership. This includes safeguarding against potential dangers such as toxic plants, household chemicals, and small objects that might pose choking hazards. However, pet-proofing doesn’t end at safety; it’s also about creating an environment that encourages your pet to learn, play, and relax. Choosing the right toys and providing various forms of enrichment cater to your pet’s instincts and can prevent boredom and associated destructive behaviors.

The Importance of Regular Exercise

Exercise plays a pivotal role in your pet’s physical and mental health. It helps control weight, improves cardiovascular health, and can reduce behavioral problems related to excess energy. However, as with humans, the type and amount of exercise appropriate for a pet can vary greatly. Dogs generally require daily walks and play sessions for physical and mental stimulation, whereas cats can benefit from interactive play to keep their predatory skills sharp. Regular exercise can reinforce the pet-owner bond and ensure your pet’s well-being regardless of its form.

Grooming and Hygiene: Beyond Aesthetics

Many people associate grooming with the visual appeal it gives their pets. However, grooming practices such as brushing, bathing, and nail trimming are not only about looking good; they are paramount to maintaining your pet’s hygiene and discovering health issues early. When integrated into a pet’s routine, grooming can become a bonding experience and an opportunity to check for abnormalities like lumps, infections, or parasites that might go unnoticed. Learning proper grooming techniques for pet owners can be challenging, but it is a gratifying part of responsible pet care.

Veterinary Visits and Preventative Care

While caring for a pet at home is vital, having a good partnership with a veterinarian is equally essential. Annual or semi-annual check-ups can help catch issues before they become severe and provide an opportunity to discuss diet, behavior, and any concerns. Preventative care, including vaccinations and regular deworming, keeps diseases at bay. Insightful information on this topic can be found within the AVMA Preventive Pet Healthcare guidelines, highlighting how regular health checks and preventive measures are crucial for a pet’s long-term wellness.

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being of Pets

Pet owners often underestimate the importance of their pet’s mental health. Like people, pets experience various emotions and can develop stress-related behaviors. Signs such as excessive barking or meowing, chewing inappropriate objects, aggression, or withdrawal can all indicate psychological distress. Therapeutic methods such as interactive play, cognitive games, or structured training can improve your pet’s mental well-being. Additionally, creating a predictable and calm environment reduces stress, making your pet feel more secure and enabling them to live a balanced, happy life.

Training and Socialization: Building Good Behaviors

Educating your pet is not just an exercise in obedience; it is about mutual respect and understanding. Practical training hinges on consistency, patience, and gentle reinforcement of desirable behaviors. Thoughtful socialization practices introduce pets to various experiences and teach them how to react to the world around them healthily and confidently. Teaching basic commands, as well as complex skills, can offer mental stimulation and problem-solving exercises that are essential for your pet’s development.

Nutritional Needs: Feeding Your Pet Right

The cornerstone for any pet’s health is appropriate nutrition. The diversity in pet dietary needs can baffle even the most seasoned pet owners. Canines might thrive on a balanced commercial diet, while felines require a diet heavy in meat proteins. Understanding your pet’s specific nutritional requirements and adapting their diet as they age is a responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. Pet obesity is a significant health problem, often attributed to overfeeding and lack of knowledge about species-appropriate foods. Certain foods are crucial for robust health, but others can be harmful. Items like chocolate, avocado, and certain sweeteners like xylitol are toxic for many pets.

Additionally, dietary supplements can affect your pet’s nutrition, particularly as they age or if they suffer from health conditions requiring specific vitamins or minerals. For further information on how to feed your dog appropriately, valuable insights can be gained from resources, including the ASPCA Dog Nutrition Tips, which provides comprehensive guidance on dog diets and nutritional best practices.

The Lifelong Commitment to Pet Care

Pet ownership is a long-term commitment that doesn’t end as your pet ages – in many ways, it deepens. Understanding the specific care requirements of senior pets, such as modifying diets for decreased activity levels or managing chronic health issues, is part of this commitment. This stage of life may require frequent vet visits and changes to your home environment to accommodate decreased mobility. Being attuned to these shifts in your pet’s needs ensures that you continue to provide the highest level of care throughout their lifetime.

Being Prepared: Emergency Care and First Aid

Preparedness for potential emergencies can be the difference between life and death for a pet. Familiarizing yourself with basic first aid procedures and having supplies on hand can help stabilize your pet until professional medical help is available. An important aspect of preparedness is knowing who you can trust with your pet if you need more time to reach them.

Continue Reading


The Impact of Animal Welfare Organizations on Communities



Animal rescue efforts are essential for local communities because they help save animals’ lives and promote policies that prevent animal cruelty. They can also provide educational opportunities to community members.

Stakeholder networks must be resilient to the disturbances that inevitably affect their work. Ideally, they can adapt to these disturbances without losing their identity or purpose.


Animal welfare organizations frequently advocate to champion policies benefiting animals and humans. Examples include collaborating with lawmakers to promote responsible pet ownership, eliminate breed-discriminatory laws, and develop more humane housing options for pets. Some organizations, such as The Humane Society of New York (HSNY), a non-profit dedicated to animal welfare, extend their efforts beyond advocacy. HSNY provides essential and emergency medical services for cats and dogs, offering shelter and day-to-day care for rescued animals until suitable owners can be found. Additionally, animal welfare organizations undertake community programs, such as hosting low-cost spay/neuter clinics, organizing adoption fairs, and implementing no-kill initiatives to achieve shelter save rates of 90% or higher.

Some of the most successful advocates work in countries with established farmed animal movements that are more willing to accept and support activist tactics like street protests and other high-profile campaigns that generate media attention. However, talented and well-prepared individuals can get involved with farmed animal advocacy even in countries where these strategies could be more effective. This could include working as a volunteer or offering to act in a temporary care role, such as a foster home for a farm animal.

Educating the Community

Many animal control and field services officers believed community outreach was essential to their organizations. These officers felt that a focus on providing events for the public to interact with them personally increased community trust and led to positive outcomes for animals and people alike.

Officers also identified a need to continue outreach programs such as pet food pantries and community cats. Other resources that could be added included community veterinary clinics, free or low-cost spay/neuter services, and training for animal behaviorists.

These programs can address human inequities that limit access to pet care and veterinary services, contributing to the risk of shelter relinquishment. In addition, research has shown that community stressors such as economic disadvantage, poverty, crime, crowded housing, and high percentages of female-headed households are related to higher levels of reported animal cruelty. Providing pet support services may be an effective strategy for addressing these social stressors. This study’s findings can help these organizations establish and manage programs that benefit their communities and the animals within them.

Volunteer Management

The ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers is a critical component of an animal welfare organization. A thriving volunteer program helps reduce staffing shortages and overwork, which can lead to burnout among animal shelter personnel and volunteers.

Although there are many books on general volunteer management, there needs to be more specific information available for animal care and control organizations on how to recruit and retain volunteers. This specialized manual fills that gap.

Community engagement is essential to addressing the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect. Research shows that areas with higher levels of human economic stress have higher rates of stray intake and euthanasia. Providing pet support services, such as food and supplies, low-cost veterinary care, training assistance, fences, and crates, in communities with financial distress is a critical way to improve access to the resources needed to keep pets healthy and thriving.


Animal welfare organizations depend on donors to fund their operations, and these supporters can be a crucial resource for helping animals. Faunalytics has researched how people support animal-focused causes and found that donating to an organization with a clear mission is associated with higher satisfaction levels for the donor.

Officers also discussed community engagement and how it related to their work. Many officers described the need for a more collaborative approach with their community. Some pointed out that there is a need for more resources to help with outreach and education and to allow officers the opportunity to interact with the public.

Other officers noted that “trap neuter return” (TNR) programs have positively impacted trust in the community and reduced the number of healthy cats euthanized. However, some officers indicated that they struggle to get support from their supervisors and leadership (“they should do more”) and from other local animal control and field service organizations and governments (“wish they had a different perspective”). This is an area where partnerships can be beneficial.

Continue Reading