Summer has begun and Care2.com wants to you to include your family pup for some fun in the sun with tips to keep your dog safe and happy during the hotter months.

The number one tip to keep your pooch cool is to be mindful of their outdoor play areas.  Make sure your dog has a shaded area with cool water while they’re out in the sun and if you can avoid peak heat hours outdoors.  You should also know the signs of your pet overheating which include excessive panting, drooling or body weakness.

With summer comes the increased use of pesticides, which have chemicals that are toxic to your pooch.  The ASPCA recommends keeping your animals away from citronella candles and tiki torches, too.

What’s a good tip to keep a dog that loves the outdoors safe during the summer?

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