Life’s A Picnic: Our Guide To Summer Party Pet Safety
Dog lovers are often found toting their dogs in bicycle baskets or trailers, enjoying meals on cafe patios, and running errands together. Our culture has unabashedly embraced the symbiotic dynamic between humans and canines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet is invited – or welcome – everywhere.
Take, for example, the ubiquitous outdoor summer fête. One could naturally assume that your pooch would be a welcome (not to mention gracious) guest, but the raised eyebrows of your host or hostess could indicate the opposite. While you know your pet will easily break the ice, behave beautifully, and entertain all, you’ll need to be on point throughout the affair to minimize accidents, insults, or both.
Follow our recommended summer party pet safety rules, and be sure to check your inbox for repeat party invitations.
Raise Your Glass To Summer Party Pet Safety
Once you’ve received the green light from your hosts, get your pet ready. It’s a great idea to exercise your pet prior to attending a social affair, as pent-up energy can be a source of trouble. Physical exertion will not only tucker your pooch out, but may minimize outgoing behavior that other guests find distracting, such as jumping, barking, and even possible escapes. Additionally:
Expect The Best From Your Pet
Your pet’s manners will reflect on you, and overlooking party pet safety requirements is a major no-no. If your dog hasn’t already participated in training, it’s highly recommended that he or she learn some basic commands in order to safely share parties together. Other elements of training that can be applied at social events can include teaching your dog how to properly behave around other people – and other pets. Lots of people may not enjoy being jumped on, licked, or repeatedly hit with a wagging tail.
Possibly the worst party faux pas is poorly timed urination or defecation in the presence of others. Be prepared! Always bring the required materials to surreptitiously clean up after your pet. Alternatively, if you notice your dog is preparing to mark territory, lead him or her to an approved area, away from the party’s center stage.
Who Invited The Dog?
Many loving dog owners attempt to incorporate their four-legged friend into as many experiences as possible. Some take their dog with them as often as possible because the dog suffers terribly from separation anxiety, or he or she needs extra TLC due to health issues related to age. Even if you take your dog with you just because you adore him or her, know that those around your pet will expect his or her behavior (and yours in relation to your pet) to be well-behaved and courteous of others.
The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital hope that your pet is the toast of every party you attend this summer. Please let us know if you have further questions on summer party pet safety and, above all, enjoy your time together!
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Keep Your Pet Healthy All Year Round!
We offer plans for puppies, kittens, adult dogs & cats. With affordable monthly payments and our convenient hours, it's the best value in helping your pet live a longer & healthier life! Call us at 630.355.5300 for more information!
Meet Our Adoptable Animals!
We are currently fostering some great puppies, dogs and a cat available for adoption! Visit our Featured Foster page HERE to view all animals available for adoption and make an appointment to meet them at our clinic by calling us at 630.355.5300!
New Dog or Puppy? Time For Training!
Training is an important part of any dog's life. From providing mental stimulation to exercise and proper socialization, training will help in the development of a great canine companion. Enrollment is now open for Behavior Training Classes. The cost of a 6-week session is $120. Classes will be held at Springbrook Animal Care Center, 2759 Forgue Dr., Naperville (off Route 59 at 95th). Please call (630)428-0500 to register your pet. For specific training questions only, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.