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Dog Walking Safety Tips

Do you walk your dog daily? If so, that’s great! Even if Fido has a yard to chase squirrels around in, he’ll still benefit from the exercise and stimulation those daily strolls provide. Just be sure to always put safety first. A Happy Valley, OR vet offers some helpful dog walking safety tips in this article.

Gear

Leashes and collars are definitely not one-size-fits-all. Some dogs, such as small breeds and brachycephalic dogs, do better in harnesses than in regular collars. As for leashes, retractable ones can be great, but they can also be dangerous in certain situations. For instance, if the mechanism jams while you’re in a dog park, your canine pal could get tangled up with another pup. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Training

Make sure Fido knows—and obeys—basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. These are very important, not just for petiquette, but also for safety reasons. For instance, teaching your canine buddy to come when called can help you call him back to you if the leash snaps, while the command to Stay can stop your dog from approaching dangerous areas or animals.

Routes

Always choose your routes wisely. Try not to take Fido down busy streets, or near dangerous areas, such as riverbanks. If you are walking on the side of a road, keep your furry friend to the outside. He has a smaller profile, and will be harder for drivers to spot.

Night Walks

When walking your pet after dark, try to keep your strolls short and sweet. Stick to well-lit, familiar routes, and avoid spots where wild animals may be lurking. We also recommend taking a flashlight, cell phone, and spare keys with you, and using reflective gear and clothing.

Hacks

Designate a specific jacket and a pair of sneakers for walking your dog. Fill the pockets with treats, waste baggies, spare keys, a flashlight, a portable phone charger, and gloves. That way, you won’t have to run around looking for everything.

Sound

Many people like to listen to music while walking their dogs. If you bring an mp3 player and headphones, keep the volume low, so you can hear what’s going on around you.

Please contact us, your local Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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