This is probably what Fido looks forward to all summer: roasted hot dogs, grilled burgers, and people to beg for a quick bite. But remember: people food isn't always good for dogs. If your dog is capable to "cabinet-surf," or grab items off of levels as high as a cabinet top, be aware that he might try to grab food off the grill, and could potentially burn himself or catch his fur on fire. It's a wise idea to put him up until the grilling part of the cookout is over, if that's the case.
2) Pool party!
Not every dog is a swimmer, but for the ones that are, they love to dive right in. Be sure, though, that Spot isn't taking a swim while you aren't looking. Even the most talented swimmers are at risk of drowning! Be sure that you supervise all swimming times. You can also buy animal escape ramps like this one that allow animals of all kinds to climb to safety in the event that they do fall in. You can even get your fuzzy buddy a life jacket to keep him afloat!
3) Car rides
Wind blowing through their ears and jaws, the sound of new stuff--it sounds super enticing, right? A lot of dogs love to ride, but as summer temps go up, it's important to remember that your car is like an oven when it sits. Leaving your dog or cat in the car while you go into a store is NOT a good idea. While it may not seem that hot on the outside, it's way hotter on the inside. Dogs and cats can't sweat, and only have panting and the pads on four feet to cool them down, which isn't much to rely on when we humans consider that we have sweat glands on every inch of our body BUT our feet and hands. Heat stroke can happen sooner than you think, and once it's too late, it's too late. If you're going somewhere, LEAVE YOUR PET AT HOME! For their sake! But if they think they need to go, ride around the block and then leave them at home. Also, remember that dogs can be impulsive. When they're windsurfing, be sure they're secured into the car by doggie seat belt ( people might lose their grip!) A cow, another dog, or a cat may catch your pooch's attention and cause them to sail out of the window, which can lead to limb breaks, fractures, pelvic injury, or worse.
Just remember this: if it's too hot for you to walk on, it's too hot for your dog! In the South (and many places) the concrete gets hot enough to fry an egg. An egg! So imagine having to walk across that bare foot! Your dog's paw pads are as vulnerable as your feet. Walking on hot surfaces could result in painful pad burns. If you must go for walks or outings, buy your dog a pair of doggy booties to protect his paw pads from the concrete.
All in all, it's not hard to have a fun summer with Fido. Just make it a safe one by keeping these hazards in mind. Happy summer!