Special Considerations for Canine Athletes
If you participate in athletic events with your poodle, it's up to you to keep him safe. Your dog might enjoy the activity so much that he doesn't know when to slow down. Exercise caution in allowing your poodle to do anything that might injure him.
While poodles are pretty light on their feet, they can still become injured in hunt tests, on the agility course, or in any other sport. Be sure to keep a first-aid kit in your car when you travel to a competition or practice with your poodle. And know how to use it.
A specific problem to watch out for, especially during the summer, is heatstroke. Keep a close eye on your poodle, and stop all activity at the first signs of heatstroke: rapid panting, a bright-red tongue, and thick saliva. Make plenty of water available to your poodle when you're at an event. Don't count on it being available at the show site — play it safe, and bring a bottle and bowl with you. Find information about first aid for heatstroke and other issues.
Exercise extreme caution when leaving your dog in the car. If the day is at all warm or sunny, don't leave your poodle in a car without air conditioning for any length of time, even with the windows cracked. A car can heat up to the point where it causes heatstroke in just minutes.
Finally, be sure your dog gets proper nutrition. Canine athletes need more calories than couch potatoes. To keep their bodies running well, be sure to feed high-quality food, with plenty of protein from a very good source. Your poodle will run his little heart out for you. You need to supply him with the best fuel you can.