Hot Weather Tips For Dogs

With Britain sweltering in multiple days of hot weather, and some of the northern moorland in flames, it seems like an opportune moment to offer some hot weather tips for dogs, as provided in this official Guide Dogs video. šŸ™‚

For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, some tips are…

  • Don’t leave your dog in a car during hot weather.
  • Keep the dog’s coat well groomed as this lets the skin breathe and traps less heat.
  • Take water for your dog with you when you go out.
  • Feed your dogs in the evening, when it’s cooler, as dogs’ appetites can be affected by hot weather.
  • Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day… early morning or evening.
  • Be vigilant. Look for symptoms of heat stroke such as loud or frequent panting, extreme thirst, vomiting, rapid heart rate, bright red tongue and pale gums, thick saliva. Consult a vet if you’re concerned about your dog!

Note, dogs primarily lose heat through panting. Excessive panting is an important signal that your dog may be starting to overheat, so keep a close eye on how much your dog is panting. If the body temperature can’t be regulated by panting, it rises quickly and can be fatal. Try to pre-empt this happening by keeping your dog away from situations in which they could overheat and providing shade and water if they must be out in the hot weather.

If your dog shows signs of heat-stress, try to cool them down immediately by removing them from the high temperature environment and either placing them in a bath with a cool (not cold) shower over their body, a paddling pool or using a garden hose to spray them. If the dog is unconscious, be careful not to get water into its mouth or nose.

Heat stress can cause health problems not visible to the naked eye, so immediately take your dog to a vet to be checked.

Hot, tired dog
Hot, tired dog

Will Giving And Donation

This post was most recently updated on July 1st, 2018

Not many people realise that, “two in every three guide dog partnerships are only here thanks to amazing people remembering Guide Dogs with a gift in their Will“. Here’s what the Guide Dogs charity tweeted about will gifting and legacy donation…

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Will Gifting And Donation – Guide Dogs Tweet

If you’ve loved a special dog in your life, why not remember them in your Will by donating to the Guide Dogs charity and providing the special service that guide dogs offer to people with visual impairments? It’s not necessary to have supported the Guide Dogs before your death, or to have been in need of a guide-dog yourself. All you need to do is follow a simple process to include the Guide Dogs charity as a beneficiary of your estate in your will.

While it’s obviously a generous act, you can also reduce the tax liabilities of your estate when making your donation.Ā According to Money Advice Service,

“Leaving a part or your entire estate to charity can reduce, and in some situations, eliminate the Inheritance Tax liability.

If you leave something to charity in your will, then it wonā€™t count towards the total taxable value of your estate.

This is called leaving a ā€˜charitable legacyā€™.

You can also cut the Inheritance Tax rate on the rest of your estate from 40% to 36%, if you leave at least 10% of your ā€˜net estateā€™ to a charity.”

Here’s a video the Guide Dogs charity put on YouTube of a previous TV advert where they advertised the ability to leave charitable donations in your Will…

Alternatively, consider sponsoring a guide dog today, to start helping immediately.

Guide Dogs Under Attack

This post was most recently updated on July 1st, 2018

According to a news report in the Daily Mail, attack dogs such as bull terriers are responsible for almost an attack a week on guide dogs in the UK.

The Guide Dogs charity have put forward the idea that microchipping all dogs would encourage a more responsible attitude from owners as it would be possible to trace and prosecute them.

In one successful prosecution, a London dog owner whose dog attacked a guide dog was was banned from keeping dogs for ten years, sentenced to a three month suspended jail sentence, ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay Ā£1200 compensation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind plus Ā£500 to the owner of the guide dog which suffered the attack.

David Blunkett the former cabinet minister and one of Britain’s most high profile guide dog owners has said that the UK’s dog laws are not protecting guide dogs well enough. The problem of attacks on guide dogs is compounded by the fact that the guide dog owner cannot see how injured their guide dog is.

Get A Degree In Guide Dog Canine Assistance

This post was most recently updated on July 1st, 2018

So, if you’re not sure which degree to study at university, you can now get a B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) degree from Chester University in “Canine Assistance”!

According to Civil Society

Guide Dogs for the Blind has launched a three-year foundation degree course for its employees.

The creation of the Canine Assistance: Client and Dog Partnership degree concludes a four year programme to reform the organisationā€™s approach to professional training.

The course, which is accredited by Chester University, takes a ā€˜building blocksā€™ approach and allows employers to take modules relevant to their current job role.

Those interested in moving into different roles can take additional modules, while gaining credit for their existing knowledge.

Trainers on the course can also advance to a full Bachelor of Science degree.

Beverley Aylott, head of employment at Guide Dogs, said: ā€œThe degree will involve a varied selection of modules which explore dog care and welfare, dog breeding and stock management, re-homing, teaching and training adults as well as modules that explore implications of sight loss in people and the Guide Dogs partnershipā€.

The programme will be run from the Guide Dog Training Schools in Leamington, Forfar, Atherton and London.

Goodness. I guess that’s Chemisty, Biology and Physics out the window!