two golden retrievers drinking water falling from a water bottle being held in the air. Text: Extreme weather update

Extreme Weather: An Update

As this scorching record-breaking heat wave continues to impact our region, we wanted to take a moment to express our deepest appreciation for our clients, their unwavering patience and understanding during this challenging period.

At Smiles Dog Training, we strive to provide the best positive reinforcement training services for your beloved pets.

However, the recent extreme weather conditions in Arizona have presented unforeseen obstacles, making it necessary to temporarily pause our regular outdoor services to ensure the safety and well-being of both our clients and our dedicated team of trainers.

The safety of our staff and clients are our utmost priority. We understand that this temporary pause may have caused inconvenience, and we sincerely apologize for any disruption it may have caused in the pursuit of training help. Rest assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and actively working on alternative solutions to resume our services as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take extra precautions to keep your pets comfortable and protected from the heat (especially now combined with relative humidity!).

Here are a few tips to help ensure your pet’s well-being during this challenging period:

1. Hydration: Always provide ample fresh water to keep your pets hydrated, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Adding ice cubes to their water bowls can help encourage more water intake too!

2. Cool Resting Areas: Create cool, shaded spots for your pets to rest indoors or in the backyard to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun (even if they’re insisting on being outside in that sun!).

3. Short Walks: Limit outdoor activities to very early mornings or late evenings when temperatures are relatively lower. Heatstroke can happen fast and can be deadly!

4. Paws Protection: Hot pavement can burn paw pads, so when taking them out for potty breaks try to walk on grassy areas or consider using protective booties. **Please note that outdoor time should still be limited, even with paw protection.

5. Enrichment is Key: Adding to your pup’s enrichment schedule while they’re stuck inside is important! Try something new, switch up the schedule, freeze things you normally give at room temp, or try to make an obstacle course for your pup inside. Train skills while changing things up –  work in your bathroom or while sitting on the floor with your pup!

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Thank you once again to all of our clients for your understanding and support. We are eagerly counting down the days until we can continue our training journey together. Until then, stay safe and cool!

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