Did you know that January is Walk Your Dog Month? Of course, for many of you, every month is Walk Your Dog Month. Walks are of course important for sanitary reasons, but they’re also good for your pup. Fido really enjoys and benefits from those daily strolls! Read on as a Fayetteville, NC vet lists some safety tips for walking your canine pal.
Don’t Skip Training
Make sure your furry friend knows and obeys simple commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, and Heel. This is very important, as it can help you keep Fido from running off or approaching dangerous areas.
As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Fido should be microchipped and wearing ID tags. He should also be caught up on his vaccines and parasite control.
It’s important to pay attention to what’s going on around you. Watch the terrain, and keep an eye out for things like broken glass or snakes. If you like to listen to music or podcasts, don’t turn the volume up too high.
Don’t Overdo It
Some dogs will happily go for miles. Others will be tired out after a walk around the block. Take care not to overexert your canine companion. It’s also a good idea to bring water along, especially when it’s hot and/or if you’re exploring a park or trail.
Choose Good Gear
Make sure you have a good leash, one that won’t snap if Fido spots a squirrel and pulls. Retractable leashes can be great, but they can be dangerous in certain situations and areas. Don’t use these near busy roads, or near potentially-dangerous areas, such as near cliffs or rivers. It only takes a moment for accidents to happen!
Keep Night Walks Short
It’s always more dangerous being out after dark. Save those park explorations for daytime, and keep night walks short and sweet. Stick to safe, well-lit areas, and don’t venture far from home. You’ll also want to wear things that will ensure that you and your furry buddy are visible to drivers.
Always Take Your Phone
It’s definitely better to have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Always bring your phone along with you!
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Fayetteville, NC pet hospital, anytime!