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when traf­fic, sud­den storms or other ex­i­gen­cies turned a short trip into a long slog. Carry a bowl and an ex­tra meal or two of your dog’s reg­u­lar food in case your re­turn home is de­layed. Bot­tled wa­ter is a good idea, too, in case

If you’d like your dog to be wel­comed back to an event, ad­here to com­mon-sense rules for good eti­quette. Al­ways pick up the poo, es­pe­cially in crowded venues, and keep close tabs on your dog’s be­hav­ior. If he be­comes ag­gres­sive to­ward other dogs, peo­ple or horses, for in­stance, re­move him from the sit­u­a­tion im­me­di­ately. Don’t at­tempt an­other event un­til you’ve ad­dressed those is­sues with a trainer.

It’s nice to have a furry friend along on horsey out­ings, but not ev­ery dog en­joys the bustling en­vi­ron­ment of a clinic or horse show. And the wideopen spa­ces of a group trail ride may stress out a dog who prefers fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory and faces. If your dog doesn’t seem to have thor­oughly en­joyed the out­ing, con­sider leav­ing him at home the next time.

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