It's Walk Your Dog Week So Here Are Some Safety Tips For Taking Your Fido For a Stroll
The first week of October is Walk Your Dog Week! Of course, for many of you, every week is Walk Your Dog Week. However, this is a beautiful time of year to take a nice long stroll with Fido: the leaves are changing, and the weather is absolutely perfect. Just be sure to keep your pet's safety in mind. In this article, a British vet offers safety tips on taking Fido for a stroll. Via: OakRidge Animal Clinic
Make sure you have a steady leash and a suitable collar or harness. Retractable leashes can be great, but they aren't safe in every situation. For instance, you don't want to use one on the side of a busy road: if the mechanism sticks, Fido could walk into traffic! Dogs can also get tangled up in these if they meet another pooch.
Does Fido have a habit of lunging whenever he spots a squirrel or the neighbor's cat? To break this habit, immediately turn around and go the other way whenever he pulls. Training can get tiresome … but that's kind of why it works.
When walking your pooch at night, wear a reflective jacket and shoes, and get a reflective leash for Fido. Stick to well-lit, familiar paths, and always bring a phone with you. Keep after-dark strolls short and sweet: save the explorations for daytime.
Pay attention to the ground you are walking on. Steer clear of objects like broken glass, grates, and steep cliffs or banks. In winter, take care when there is fresh snow on the ground: it can hide these dangers.