Tips on where to go dog walking this summer

Are You and Your Dog Ready for Summer?

As the days grow longer and the barbecues emerge from their winter slumber, it’s time to look forward to the summer months ahead. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to dog walking spots across the county. So here is your essential guide to enjoying local attractions while keeping your dog safe and cool.

Heatstroke in Dogs

This is an all to common and fatal condition that dogs can develop in minutes. Fortunately, it is very easy to prevent.

  • Ensure your dog always has access to clean drinking water. There are plenty of adapted bottles on the market which make it easy to take water for your dog to drink while out walking.
  • Ideally, dogs should be walked during the cooler parts of the day. If you must walk your dog during the hottest part of the day, keep exercise to a minimum and avoid tarmacked surfaces.
  • Never leave your dog alone in the car – even with the window open!
  • As an extra treat, you can freeze ice – cubes with your dogs’ favourite food inside. Or if you have a Kong, these can also be filled and frozen.

If you see signs of heatstroke, act immediately as the damage can be very difficult to reverse. If you see your dog collapse, dribble or pant excessively then act quickly to get them to a cool place. If you have water available wet their coat and contact your vet as soon as possible.

So, we’re all prepared to make the most out of those long summer days – but where should you go?

Top 5 Dog Friendly Attractions in Shropshire:

  • Cannock Chase Forest – Woodland and open heath the area has much to offer in terms of dog-walking and adventures!
  • Hawkstone Park Follies – Weston-Under-Redcastle- Shrewsbury – Monuments built over 200 years ago, cliffs, crags and deep woods this is sure to captivate the attention of you and your best friend.
  • Carding Mill Valley – Church Stretton – Streams, heathland and views to die for. While away an afternoon relaxing amongst the wildlife before enjoying tea and cake at the quaint café.
  • Powis Castle – Welshpool – The National Trust has recently opened its historic gates to the dog walking community. Spend the day exploring the 26 – acre garden but keep in mind that dogs are not permitted in the deer park.
  • Blists Hill Victrorian Town – Ironbridge – If you’re looking for a little entertainment, this recreated Victorian Town is a real family pleaser. Meet the working shire horses, have a sing-song in the local pub and take a trip down to the coal mine. An atmospheric and authentic step in to history.

Wishing you all a warm and relaxing summer from the While You’re Away team!

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