Summer is here and with it comes great weather, good friends, and lots of outdoor events. From Pride to music festivals to farmers’ markets, summer is full of outdoor activities. We all want our four-legged friends to enjoy their summers as much as ours, but can we safely take them to these events? Here are Pet Food Express’ top five tips for taking your pets to summer events.
1. Make sure the event is pet friendly
Not every event is open to pets, it’s important to make sure there are no rules stating you can’t bring your pet. You wouldn’t want to get there and not be let in.
But it’s not just event rules that make an event not pet friendly. Think about the type of event it is. Will there be large crowds? Loud noises? Lots of children? These things can make your pet uncomfortable.
Sometimes as pet owners, we forget that not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. Some people are scared or allergic to dogs and might have an unpleasant time. Be respectful of the other event goers, as well as your pet.
2. Make sure your pet is event friendly
Now that we know it’s safe and within the event rules to bring your dog, is this something your dog is ready for? Have they been in crowds before? Are they good around other dogs? Are they too energetic? Not energetic enough? Any of these things can make an event less fun for you and your dog.
If your dog isn’t great on a leash or doesn’t listen to commands, it’s probably best to leave them at home. Even the best dogs can get overwhelmed in crowds.
3. Prepare for anything
It can get hot in the summer. Some parts of the Bay Area stay in the 100s through July and August. Check ahead of time to see if there will be shade at the event; perhaps bring an umbrella in case you can’t find any when you get there. Pack a small bag with all of the essentials, such as a collapsible water dish , poop bags , and treats to keep them occupied.
Think about the things you would like to accomplish with your day at the event and if your pet would able to do those things too. If you aren’t okay with heading out early or taking time to keep your comfortable, it’s probably best to leave them at home.
4. Be aware of your surroundings
Even the best behaved dogs can snap if put under enough pressure. Watch to make sure kids aren’t overwhelming your pet, you’re staying away from excessive loud noise, and make sure they aren’t eating things they shouldn’t be. Watch out for signs of your dog be overwhelmed or on edge and be ready to leave early if you have to.
5. Be safe
If you’re struggling to decide if you should take your pet to an event, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Sometimes human events just aren’t as enjoyable for our pets as they are for us. Letting them stay home can be in their best interest in many situations.
For a super fun, pet-friendly event stop by the Bay Area Pet Fair at the end of the summer. There will be more than 2000 adoptable animals, as well as activities and free goodies, at the Alameda County Fair Grounds September 14 th and 15th. Follow the Facebook event for more information as it gets closer and have a happy summer full of fun!