Summer is a time for lots of outdoor fun. We love going to dog-friendly festivals. We attended many of them and wish the organizers would publicize some safety tips for pet parents. We came up with 10 Safety Tips: Attending Dog-Friendly Summer Festivals
1) Weather: It’s Summer, so expect it to be hot. Consider attending early, before it gets too hot. If the temperature is too high, leave your dog at home.
2) Crowd: Outdoor festivals can be crowded. Many dogs get uncomfortable and get stressed. Be mindful of your dog’s comfort level.
3) Leash: Bring a proper leash, 4-6 foot length. If you own a flexi-leash/retractable leash, leave it at home. At all times. keep your dog on a leash.
4) Hydrate: Many dog-friendly festivals offers cooling and waters stations. Always be prepared; bring water and travel bowl for your dog.
5) Meet & Greet: Know the proper dog etiquette for meeting other dogs. Always ask and don’t assume other dogs want to meet and greet.
6) Food & Trash: There’s always food in festivals. Most of these foods are not safe for your dog. Bring treats for your dog. Watch your dog’s walking path as some food might have been dropped.
7) Hot Pavement: Most festivals are held on streets and/or parking lots. Check the ground for hotness. Hot pavements can burn your dog’s pads. Remember: “If it’s too hot for you, its too hot for your dog.”
8) Heatstroke: Be aware of your pet’s condition. It is important to know the signs of heatstroke, such as excessive panting and salivation.
9) Noise: Be conscious of your dog’s sensitivity to loud noises. Avoid the stage area where the speakers are always blaring.
10) Scoop That Poop: Be a responsible dog owner, pick up your dog’s poop. Many dog-friendly festival have a designated relief area.
Check your city/town for dog-friendly Summer Festivals and remember these safety tips.