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Dr. Tosto of Animal Oasis of the Rockies

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Love is a Four-Legged Word

Prep Your Pup for Warm Weather Socialization

Article by Shay Brase -Macaroni Kid

Photography by Sarah Schierkolk - Sarah Dawn Photography

Originally published in Broomfield Lifestyle

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and we’re all preparing our hearts and schedules for another beautiful Colorado summer. While you might have one metaphorical foot out the door for warm weather hiking and festivals, have you prepared your fur babies for socialization?

Animal Oasis of the Rockies, a full-service animal hospital here in Broomfield, reminds us of some things to consider before you head out for a morning at the dog park or a happy hour with friends at your favorite dog-friendly brewery (of which we have many nearby!) 

Animal Oasis With so many pet-friendly parks, trails and breweries in our area, it’s easy to live “the ruff life.”

Be sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Double check with your veterinarian that your dog isn’t due for any shots to avoid sickness when socializing with other people or pets. Rabies, distemper (DHPP), lepto, and bordetella are all vaccines to check on.

Do a social check-in with your dog. Are they ready to be around others?

Cold weather leaves walking trails and parks more sparse than in the summer months. How will your fur babies do around other dogs, as well as children and adults? If the question has you gritting your teeth, you may want to consider a trainer. This applies especially to puppies who haven’t yet had to adapt to social situations. 

Do your part in making sure your pet feels comfortable.

Practice friendly interactions with both humans and pets that you both come into contact with. This will help your pup feel at ease. Be sure you have the correct fitting harness when out and about, and keep his favorite treats on hand to reward good behavior.

Call Animal Oasis with questions.

Animal Oasis is known for its exceptional customer service and patient care (check out their Google reviews!). The team would be happy to provide care for your four-legged friends, as well as recommend a trainer if needed. When in doubt, call the pros.

Where to now?

Get out and enjoy the sunshine with your best furry friend! Rails End Beer Company, Frolic Brewery, Wonderland Brewery, 4 Noses Brewery and Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House are all dog-friendly. For a true dog’s day out, head to the Broomfield Commons Dog Park, The Boneyard at Reliance Dog Park in Erie, or The Great Bark Dog Park in Lafayette. 

  • Dr. Tosto of Animal Oasis of the Rockies