Everybody loves the excitement of a hometown parade. The crowd standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the sidewalk, the roar of the fire truck passing by, the unidentified flying objects being thrown from floats, the beating drums of the high school band…at times there’s so much going on, you don’t know what to focus on. Now take a step back and imagine how all of that sensory input feels for your dog. The sights and sounds at a typical parade can be overwhelming for many dogs, and because everyone is usually fixated with what’s happening on the street, a dog in distress can easily go unnoticed. The noise, crowds, and excitement in the air can be scary for your dog. Add hot pavement and little shade to the equation, and you’ve got a recipe for a canine bummer.