Cesar Millan’s Summer Dog Safety Tips

“Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan offers tips to keep your dog cool this summer.

Posted: July 12, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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As summer starts to boil, keep your canine cool as a cucumber with these five safety tips from popular dog trainer Cesar Millan, best known for his television show “Dog Whisperer,” which airs on the National Geographic Channel.

1. Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night. “These are the cooler parts of the day,” says Millan, “and this will make the walk more comfortable for you and your dog. I’m a believer in vigorous exercise for healthy dogs, but this is the time of year to back off on exercise intensity.”

2. Know the signs of dehydration. “Dogs can’t sweat,” says Millan. “They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively.” Signs to look for include lethargy, bloodshot eyes and a pale appearance. If you lift his skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.

3. Be creative! “Find new ways to cool your dog,” Millan says. “Don’t have air conditioning? No problem! Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie pool. At the Dog Psychology Center, we have misters that spray the dogs with gentle streams of misty water. Lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on. Or simply set up a fan in front of a pan of ice.”

4. Make sure your dog is properly hydrated. Different dogs respond differently to the heat. Also, if your dog is overweight or has a darker coat, he may be more likely to become dehydrated. Millan suggests carrying a bottle of water when going on a walk with your dog. “Better yet,” he says, “have your dog carry it for you in a backpack or a vest! This will give your dog a sense of purpose, and the water in the bottles will help keep him cool.”

5. Do not leave your dog in a parked car – even for a few minutes. Says Millan: “Heat inside a parked car can build to deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes, even in the shade and with the windows open. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. If it’s hot outside and you can’t take your dog in with you, be safe: leave your dog at home.”

For more Cesar Millan tips or information, visit www.cesarmillaninc.com.

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Lynn   Temecula, CA

7/29/2008 9:16:44 AM

Cezar, I just love watching your show. There should be more interesting & educational programs on TV, especially about dogs. You are original! Almost every house in my neighborhood has at least one dog. Americans love dogs & need to become more informed about their care and what type of dog every family should have, not what kind of dog they want. I've learned a few, real important facts about my dog since you came into our home and I thank you very much. You've enriched my life and Meisha's (my precious little Pekingnese).

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Catherine   Newark, DE

7/24/2008 7:58:46 PM

Thank you for your summer tips, especially about the one don not keep dogs in the car on hot days, even with the windows down. I had a neighbor that kept their dogs in a parked van in the hot summer days. I had to get the police to talk to them and got verbally abused about what I did. People don't seem to care about thier pets at times and I feel sad and upset about
it.
thanks

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Sharyn   Palm Springs, CA

7/23/2008 12:02:16 AM

Casear's tips for keeping your dog cool during the hot summertime were excellent and even creative. Most importantly, his tip about not leaving your dog in a hot car is more of a lifesaving admonition. I reside in the California desert community of Palm Springs where temperatures can soar into triple digits. Because of the " dry heat" many underestimate how quickly temperatures rise in a parked car. Cracking the windows will not prevent the potentially deadly heat from entering the vehicle and smothering your beloved and helpless dog. It is now a ticketed offense, and something both law enforcement and an increasingly knowledgeable and caring

Public are on the lookout for. Thank you Caesar for this lifesaving reminder.

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heather   clayton, OH

7/14/2008 6:54:25 AM

i think that was vary good and "cool" thanks,

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