When cooler weather is here, people change their routine from the warmer weather. These changes affect your pet as well.
If you are like most, now is the time to open your windows, letting the cool breeze blow through your home. Smell the freshness in the air and give your air conditioner a rest. But, the peace and quiet enjoyment of the weather change gets interrupted by the neighbor’s barking dog. Some people just close their windows and ignore the barking. Others call Animal Services and make a complaint. The animal ordinance considers barking to be excessive if the dog barks more than 10 minutes continuously or 10 minutes intermittently within a 2 hour time period. To ensure Animal Services does not receive a complaint, be a respectful neighbor and make sure your dog is not barking excessively.
Dogs like the cool breeze too, sitting in front of the open window where they can see other dogs, people, children playing, watching and listening to the new sights and sounds.
What can you do about your dog’s barking? Dogs that spend most of their time in the backyard or in the house probably need to exercise and interact. Take your dog for a long walk or go to the dog park, Manatee County has two of them, for a change in scenery or play a game of fetch. Dogs are very social creatures. If your dog is always outdoors, bring your dog in. It makes him feel that he is part of the family and loved.
You can’t expect to see miracles overnight from a dog that has been barking for months. It may take weeks to replace an old habit with a new one. There are plenty of training videos and tips on the internet. Keep up with the training you find best suits your needs and you will see a new pattern develop.
Let’s all enjoy the cooler weather together.
With the change in weather, don’t forget to keep your dog warm and healthy. Just because your dog has fur does not mean that he can withstand the cold. Though some dog breeds like Huskies and Malamutes are better suited for cold weather, all dogs should have access to a warm shelter. Most dogs do best living indoors. However, if your dog must live outdoors, provide adequate shelter.
Small dogs or dogs with little or no hair should wear sweaters or jackets for protection against the cool weather. Not all dogs like to wear clothes, so just make an extra effort to keep them protected.
Please don’t leave your pet in the vehicle unattended. Just because the weather outside may be cooler, the inside of a vehicle will still get hot. The rules are same for any season.
Share the outdoors with your pet. Enjoy the weather and be safe.
Don’t forget about our October adoption special. For Howl-O-Ween, adopt any dog for $40.00.
Check out Manatee County Animal Services on Facebook. Like us and share us with all your friends. Our web site www.mymanatee.org/pets has a wealth of information, including your new family member for adoption.
Kris Weiskopf, chief of Manatee County Animal Services, writes this weekly column for the Bradenton Herald.