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.