Dog DaysInterests | April 02, 2015 | Nik Manojlovich
Hanging out with our canine friends, Weekend at the Cottage believes all days should be DOG DAYS!!!
We always maintain that our cottage is here to be enjoyed by everyone and that includes our four-legged friends too. There must be something in the old phrase “the dog days of summer”!
That said, here are some suggestions to make the most of your next “dog days” weekend. I’m sharing what works for us but remember, every pet and every pet combo is different. Know your pet, keep an eye on them, be responsible.
Alpha Bits – Whosever cottage you’re visiting, we suggest the cottage owner’s dog be treated as “Alpha”. In our case, Dennis always gets top billing. When new dogs visit for the first time, we ask guests to call when they arrive. We all head up to the top of the property so that wiener and the new dog(s) can meet for the first time on neutral territory. This always works – the dogs meet, sniff each other’s butts, and we all walk down to the cottage without incident.
Ups and Downs – I’ve come to understand that dogs think we’re all part of the same pack. If you’re laid out on a sofa, they figure they can do the same. If you get to sleep in a cozy bed, they want to too. Check with your hosts. Is it OK for your dog to be up on furniture or fast asleep in the beds? Does your dog have full run of the cottage? If so, please be mindful. Make sure your pets paws are clean and dry each time he or she (or they!) come in from outside. Scoot them off the furniture if guests are looking for a place to sit. If your dog’s a shedder, plan to participate in the end-of-weekend clean up.
Water Works – I’m always super-vigilant when we have a number of pets with us for a weekend. Invariably our pets are more active than usual and thus drink a ton of water. I suggest placing out a larger bowl of water than you normally would and plan to check it often, keeping it full for pet use. Also consider putting an additional large bowl of water outside – not every dog knows to head down to the lake for a quick drink.
The Pick Up – Sure we’re all enjoying a weekend away but that doesn’t mean you’re absolved from the basic responsibility of picking up after your pet. Walk around the cottage property every once and a while and pick-up pet poop. Trust me, the last thing you want is to be heading over to the campfire barefoot, late at night, only to discover… well, I know you catch my drift!
Table Talk – Please take my advice, absolutely, under no circumstances, give dogs treats under the table while we human-folk are enjoying a meal. It’s a slippery slope, people, and you just don’t want to go there. Once a meal is done, and while the table is being cleared, take all the dogs aside and give them an after-dinner treat, a reward for being so polite and NOT begging at the table.
Tell us how these tips work with your pets, we’d love to hear! Wishing everyone relaxed and enjoyable dog days!
Enjoying great music is an essential part of every Weekend at the Cottage. While writing this post I listened to a favourite album – Let It Roll: Songs of George Harrison – George Harrison. Seriously, My Sweet Lord is one of my all-time favourites… I bet they heard me singing it from across the lake! If you’d like to give it a listen, head to the iTunes store…