Summer Activities

May 27 2010 by Cesar Millan

2-dogs.jpgCourtesy Cesar Millan.

Summer is the perfect time of year to focus on the "Exercise" part of the fulfillment formula! Try new activities, visit a new location, and enjoy the sunshine and your dog's companionship.

No matter what physical activity you engage in, it is important to watch for signs of dehydration: lethargy, sunken or bloodshot eyes, dry gums, increased heart rate, paleness, and loss of skin elasticity. Make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times!

Here are just a few activities to try with your dog:

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Hiking with Your Dog

September 28 2009 by Cesar Millan

hikingwithdog.jpgThis is one of the greatest experiences for human and dog alike, as you set out together, just like your ancestors did when dogs were first domesticated and came along on the hunt. It's a great bonding exercise, and it's a way for you to establish yourself as the leader of the pack (even if that pack consists of just one dog). The problem: a lot of national and state parks don't allow dogs. The good news: there are plenty of other open spaces around the country where the two of you can leave the car behind, take to the trail and explore your world.

Before you take a hike, there are a few precautions you should take:

  • Attach license, ID (with your cell phone number) and rabies tag to your dog's collar.
  • Make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date.
  • Trim his nails.
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Taking a Car Trip?

September 28 2009 by Cesar Millan

Cesar_issue#1-cover.jpgSome dogs take naturally to car travel; they're the ones you see with their noses out the window, reveling in the ever-changing sights and smells. Others, however, may need a little coaxing, especially if their car trips always end up at the vet's office. So, start out with short daily rides. Take her someplace nice, let her run around and have fun. Gradually increase the length of the rides. Once your dog is comfortable in the car, you're ready to hit the road:

  • Before the drive, take your dog for a good long walk.
  • Don't feed her within three hours of the car trip; that minimizes the danger of car sickness.
  • Bring drinking water; she'll need some whenever you make a stop.

Arrived at your destination? Now's the time to feed her.

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