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Staying Safe this Summer

 

Summer is almost upon us and teachers and students are just about to break off for a well-deserved break. We can all agree that the summer is a great time to rest, relax, go outside and even go on a trip. Whether it’s visiting family who live close by or going further afield, we will no doubt be meeting lots of new dogs and will also be spending more time with our own canine friends too.

 

Unfortunately, statistics show that more dog bites happen over the summer months than at any other time of the year. As it is so nice outside, we try to get out and enjoy the sun. Being outside, however, means we will be meeting more dogs who are also out and about with their owners.

 

In order to keep ourselves safe and our dogs happy over the warmer months here is some advice that we can all use:

Top tips for keeping ourselves safe around the dogs that we meet over the summer holidays:

  • Follow the top tips below on how to meet new dogs safely.
  • If a strange dog approaches you; stand still and quiet, cross your arms over your chest and look away from the dog. Next, wait for them to walk away.
  • If a strange dog knocks you over; curl up into a ball like a hedgehog to keep safe. Once in a ball, stay calm and quiet and wait for the dog to lose interest.

 

Top tips for keeping our dogs cool and happy over the summer break:

  • Walks: Aim to walk your dogs at cooler times of the day (e.g. early in the morning or late in the evening).
  • 7 Second Test: If you think the pavement may be too hot for your dog to walk on, test it. If you cannot hold your hand there for 7 seconds, it is too hot for your dog!
  • Water on walks: Take water on walks so your dog can drink if they get thirsty.
  • Travel: Never leave a dog alone in a car.
  • Shade: Make sure your dog has shade away from direct sunlight.
  • Water: Make sure your dog always has access to fresh drinking water when inside too.