When summer blazes it's way through the thick cloud and rain, everyone heads outdoors for a bit of summer fun in the sun.
People pack tennis balls, frisbees, tuggy toys and go off to the park for a day of play...
But what most people don't understand is that whilst we may be enjoying the sun, our little canine friends are wearing thick fur coats. And we're getting them to do more exercise than usual on the hottest days of the year.
When some Army recruits on a training exercise across the mountains died through head exhaustion, there was an uproar; how could the Army allow such danger on a training exercise? But really, this is the danger a lot of dog owners put their beloved pet in.
Most of the time, it's just that we humans don't realise the danger. Especially as a lot of dogs will not stop playing. We assume that they'll stop and lie down if they were in distress; but a lot of dogs (especially collies for example) will play and play and play and play... and by the time you realise they're dehydrated, it can be too late.
This post isn't all doom and gloom though. Of course you and your pal should go and enjoy the sunshine and the brief spells of summer we experience between the torrential downpours - but just be mindful of how much exercise you're giving your dog.
* Make sure you have plenty of fresh cold water and a bowl available.
* Make sure you take a break from all the fun regularly.
* If your dog is panting (it's the way they sweat) then slow down, and take a rest.
* DON'T LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR IN HOT WEATHER!! You'd think that it would be obvious by now, but every year dogs still die in hot cars.
* If you feed your dog dry food, they will need much more water available in hot weather than a dog fed on meat. Remember - there is no moisture whatsoever in biscuit!
Enjoy the summer, but please take care...