Dogs and water

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During the dog days of summer, water fun is a popular relief from the intense heat and humidity. There’s nothing more refreshing and fun for humans and dogs alike than a splash in the water when temperatures soar. A cool dip in the swimming pool under a hot summer sun is definitely one of life’s greatest pleasures. Sprinklers, can be a safer method of water play for older dogs or breeds that do not swim well. Some dogs love the water and seem to have an instinct for swimming but many dogs, such as Bassets and Pugs, don’t swim very well. If you need to teach your dog to swim, start slowly in shallow water and coax him in with toys or treats. Sometimes a dog will follow the example of a doggy pal who loves to swim. Realize that your dog may panic in water so don’t allow him to get in deeper than he can handle and never toss a dog into water. Heatstroke and sunburn can be a risk. So if you and your dog are spending the day outdoors, limit your dog’s time in direct sun and apply sunscreen to your dog’s nose and ears.

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A dog pool party, Spike’s Pool Party to be exact, is planned for Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Lewis Center. Dogs will enjoy water games such as bobbing for treats and musical canines. Hot dogs and beverages are included for their human companions. Admission is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register for the party, call Acme Canine at (740) 548-1717 or dogs@acmecanine.com.