Giving your pooch time-out this summer

The summer holidays is the most sociable time of the year for humans – but does your dog love all of the constant attention?

Well, they could be a social butterfly – but they may also want to ditch the partying and socialising at points.

So how do you know when they’ve had enough or need rescuing?

If your dog turns its head away, walks away from the attention, or looks to you while getting attention from someone else, they may be asking for help.

While your dog may be friendly and good with people and children most of the time, sometimes it can get too much for them.

Even though they appear not to mind being cuddled and petted - or sat on - they are often just trying to be well behaved, despite being extremely uncomfortable.

Dog owners are advised to protect their pet at social functions.

Give them a break from children or excessive excitement, even though they appear not to mind. Speak to children who may be new to your dog about how they should interact with it, and don’t leave children unattended with a dog.

And here’s some extra advice for dog owners during the holidays. If you’re going away and taking your dog, remember it will be in a less familiar environment and may not behave as you might normally expect. If you leave it in a strange place, your dog may go looking for you, or try to find its way home. Make sure it is registered and microchipped so it can be found.

If you are going away and not taking your dog, here are a few points to remember. Make sure the person looking after your dog is ready for the commitment, understands your dog, and understands their responsibilities while the dog is in their care.

Make sure the person looking after your dog has a way to contact you, and leave them with contact numbers for the council’s animal shelters and instructions to contact both you and the council if the dog goes missing. Don’t wait until you are back from holiday.

Lastly – and most importantly – make sure your dog is registered and microchipped before you go away, so that any council, vet clinic or welfare organisation can help return it safely.