Ideally, your dog should be able to live indoors with you and your family as much as possible. But sometimes that might not be an option; you might be entertaining or have guests over at your house necessitating you to leave your dog outside for some time. If you find yourself in such a situation, you’ll need to ensure that your dog is well cared for when outdoors to ensure their safety and comfort. In this post, learn how to keep your dog safe and comfortable outdoors.
Not All Weather Is Outdoor Weather
Before you take your dog outdoors for extended periods, it’s critical that you check the weather to ensure that conditions are not too extreme for your pet companion. It doesn’t snow much in Queensland, but when it does, temperatures can get unbearable outside both for humans and pets alike. This wouldn’t be a good time to keep your dog outside, especially if they don’t have a shelter suited for these kinds of conditions.
Sometimes summers can get scorching hot in Australia posing the risk of heat exhaustion – or even heatstroke in extreme cases. Your dog should be indoors at times like these where the temperatures are regulated for comfort and safety.
How To Care For Your Dog Outdoors
Don’t fret if you do need to keep your dog outdoors for a while. If you make adequate preparations and take the necessary precautions, your dogs stay outside could be just as good as a vacation or an interesting camping trip. Here’s what you should do to keep your dog happy when they’re staying outdoors:
- Provide adequate shelter. Aussie summers can get quite hot, so make sure your four-legged friend has got a place where they can escape from the sun if they start getting uncomfortable in the heat. Existing shaded areas like your carport or trees will do fine if they can keep providing shade as the sun moves throughout the day. If you don’t have any shaded areas that your dog can hide from the sun in, you should consider constructing one specifically for this purpose. If your dog is going to be spending nights or extended periods outdoor, it would be a brilliant idea to invest in a good doghouse. You could even take it on as a DIY project if you’re handy with tools. Make sure the house is enclosed and can adequately keep your furry friend protected from the wind, rain and other harsh elements. Fitting a heating pad or a doghouse heater will make it more comfortable for those painfully cold nights.
- Provide enough food and water. Your dog’s nutrition needs to be taken care of more attentively when they are outside to keep them comfortable. Make sure your dog is fed adequately and that their food is kept in a safe spot away from other animals, insects and pests – ideally close to the house where you can easily monitor it. Hydration is also crucial especially during the summer, so make sure your dog can access clean water whenever they need a drink. Use plastic bowls when it’s cold as metal ones can get uncomfortably cold.
- Protect your dog from pests and hazards. It’s important that you protect your dog from harmful pests, especially if you’re going to be taking them out often. Check them for pests including fleas and ticks regularly and have them dewormed frequently to protect them from both heartworms and intestinal worms. Prevention for fleas and ticks can also be done using medications or by applying topical treatments every so often. You’ll also need to check your outdoor area for hazards such as chemicals and store them properly so that your dog doesn’t ingest them. If you have a pool in your home, take the necessary precautions to keep your dog away from it.
- Keep your dog occupied and entertained. A bored and lonely dog is more likely to become mischievous and start barking, digging under the fence, chewing, and could even escape if they get the opportunity. If your dog spends a part of his day in the yard, make sure they have adequate toys to keep them occupied and entertained. You should also make some time to go out and play with them to help them get rid of any pent-up aggressive energy.
- Ensure constant supervision. You should never leave your dog outdoors for too long without supervision. Your dog will be especially vulnerable while they’re outdoors as they are exposed to new dangers including cruel people and animal predators hence the reason to check on them regularly to ensure they’re not getting into trouble. If you’re going to be away from home for more than a few hours or overnight while your dog is outside, consider hiring a dog sitter or boarding your dog in a facility until you get back.
Remember, your dog wants to be as close to you as possible – that is when they are happiest – so allow them inside whenever it’s possible. But when you can’t help but take him outside, take the above measures to ensure their stay outdoors is as comfy and enjoyable as possible.