Now that we’re getting to the “hot-as-balls” part of summer in Texas, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about exercise. Obviously, we don’t want to overheat our furry friends, but exercise is important to well-behaved canines. Unlike Amy Verner, I’m very much in support of any “kooky contraption” that allows dogs to exercise with their humans. I am very lucky because I have a pool and that my dogs love to swim in it, some people don’t have access to pools and most people won’t ever have access to a pool that would allow dogs to swim in it, and then some people live near a beach that they can take their dog to, which is really unfair to the rest of us. I’m just saying. Beaches.
Enter the dog powered scooter. Verner roundly abuses anyone who might think such a thing is a good idea, calling them, “lazy”. Listen, if you can get one or more dogs to help you push or pull a human being, you are nothing to do with lazy. You have an inordinate amount of patience, you’re probably a little dehydrated, and you’ve just bonded a hell of a lot with your dog. If you’ve ever even tried to run in synch with a dog, you know it’s a joint effort and it’s not as effortless as you might think. Not to mention the fact that most behavior problems we see when dogs live with humans, in their natural habitat are caused by not enough exercise. I’m disappointed that somebody would belittle a company that’s trying to get people and dogs moving.
In the summer, you’ll want to follow some simple tips, go out early in the day, keep water nearby, go slowly with dogs that are unused to exercise and if you think your dog is over heating, stop what you’re doing and asses the situation in the shade. Mild overheating can be solved by water and rest, if your dog seems dizzy, is vomiting or collapses, take them to a veterinary hospital and never cool them down too quickly (use water, not ice). Kiddie pools are fun for dogs too, if you don’t have access to larger bodies of water. If you’re worried about your dog slipping on the bottom, add something with grip, bathtub stickers work well, or even a towel. You can freeze dog food for a fun treat and even introduce your dog to the fun of running through a sprinkler.
So, get out there, let your dog blow off some steam, you might have fun too. You might even have some fun photo ops, which, as we know, is what life is all about.