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Frozen KONGS and Everything That's Good In Life
Keep your dog cool this month with Frozen treats. When you're done just put the empty in the dishwasher..

Alex and Ty
If it's summer, It's too hot to leave your dog in the car. Keep your dog safe and home in the hot weather.
AHO and BO

"To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace."
Milan Kundera
Issue: Ten
July 2010
kona's touch
Wow, It's So Hot Outside
Hi all,
This summer is the hottest that we've seen in decades in some parts of the country. It's exceeding 100 degrees in the east and the mid-west (where we are) is in the 90's and humid. What do we do with our dogs? This month's newsletter is dedicated to the heat. With indoor games and tips on how to cool off our Fidos, we can get through this summer having fun and staying cool.


Be gentle, after all isn't that what you would want for your best friend,
Laura Dorfman, CPDT-KA
Owner and Founder
Loose Leash Talking

Playing in the house Star Kaiya AHOHot Weather Exercise

My dogs are sooo bored. They can't go outside. I hear this in the very cold months of January (ah, those days look pretty good about now) and I am hearing it now as we are forced to "wring ourselves out" on our very short early morning walks. We walk early and not often, and we try to involve cold water in our play times. Here are some warm weather tips for being outside on these sweltering days.

Walk your dogs early in the morning before the sun starts to bake the ground. Black top can burn your dogs paws in no time at all. Let your pooch walk on the grass, earth or light concrete. If it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for paws. Watch out for blacktop driveways, and try to walk around them. If an early morning walk is not enough, wait for the early evening when it starts to cool off. Many short walks are better than one long one.

Let your dog walk in clean water from sprinklers, to cool them off. Dogs don't sweat, so it's helpful if we keep their pads cool and wet in the heat. This will help keep them cool.

Carry collapsible water containers with you on walks or plan your route to include neighborhood fountains or stores that have clean fresh water in front of their stores.

Get a small kiddie pool and fill it when you play outside. Play fetch and throw the ball in the pool. Make sure there is shade in all the places your dog plays outside.

For your inside tips, I will refer you to an article I wrote over the winter months. Only do these indoor exercises if you have air conditioning and your dog is cool and ready to play. Otherwise keep to quiet games, quiet training and mind-engaging interactive toys.

Hot and Cold Weather Indoor Games

Healin' News
Little Star water ballKeeping Your Pup Cool This Summer

Baby it's hot outside. Oh wait, wrong song. But we are all singing it. It's important to understand the workings of a dog's body temperature, so you can advocate for your dog's safety. This article  will help you learn about your dog's limits and keep him cool and happy during these summer months. As I've said many times "I'm not a vet, nor do I play one on TV", so this one I'll leave to the pros. Make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of the article to the signs of heat stroke. It's very helpful to know what to look for if our dog is in trouble. Stay cool and set the alarm a little early this month.

Signs of Heat Stroke and What To Do

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Laura Dorfman, CPDT-KA
kona's touch, inc.