Festival Failures (and how to avoid them)

Festival Failures (and how to avoid them)

Festivals can be fun for all members of the family, especially our four-legged friends, who are entered into a world of brand-new sights, tantalizing smells, and a whole range of melodic (and sometimes not so melodic!) performers. Before you race Fido to the nearest celebration, though, take a moment to read our top tips on how to ensure that Fido’s Fun Festival doesn’t become his Festival Failure instead.

Hot-footing it: If the pavement or asphalt is too hot for your hand to stay there comfortably for at least five seconds, then it is too hot for your dog’s foot pads. Walk on the grass and stay out of the sun during the hours of 10 – 4 as much as possible to avoid any doggy dissatisfaction.

Crash, bang, wallop, what an awful lot of noise: Just like not all humans are Billy Joel fans (I know; we can’t believe it either!), not all dogs can tolerate intense levels of sound or movement. If Fido seems stressed (cowering, barking, or panting excessively), put some distance between yourselves and the stress-inducing performers as soon as possible.

Feeling hot, hot, hot (oh yeah!): To avoid discomfort or potentially life-threatening heatstroke or skin cancer, ensure that Fido stays in the shade as much as possible and that he has regular access to water (considering investing in a weighted, portable water bowl (link to: http://www.petmountain.com/product/dog-travel-bowls-waterers/11442-592147/lixit-waterboy-travel-water-bowl.html). If your dog has visible white skin, make sure that you apply baby-safe sunscreen on his ears, nose, back, and stomach.