Taking our dog for a walk is one of the great pleasures of owning a dog. However, there are a few things you can do to keep you and your dog safe and get more enjoyment from your time together.
Focus on Your Dog
Being aware of your surroundings while on your walk will keep you both safe. If you are distracted by a phone call, text message, Facebook or music you will likely miss something potentially dangerous to one or both of you such as your dog eating something off the ground, an oncoming dog or an approaching stranger.
The purpose of your walk should be spending quality time with your dog, so enjoy.
Don’t Let Your Dog off Leash
Even if your dog has a totally reliable recall, letting them off leash can be dangerous. All it takes is for them to see another dog, a cat, a squirrel or something else that makes them run off.
Other Dogs Can be a Problem
While your dog may love others of his kind those other dogs may not be so friendly. In the interest of safety, it is best to keep your dog away from others.
Even if the owner of the other dog seems to think it’s alright for the dogs to meet, no one asked the dogs. Play it safe.
Make the Walk Fun!
Walking your dog should not be a chore it should be a fun adventure for both of you. So, stay alert but enjoy!
Bring Water Along
You should always bring water along for both you and your pal. Even when the temperatures are a bit cooler it is important for everyone to stay hydrated.
When it is very hot outside, staying hydrated is especially important. You can find collapsible bowls at your local pet supply store, so you can pour a drink for your four-legged friend.
Never Leave Your Dog Alone
It only takes a minute for your dog to be stolen or harmed, so never leave your them alone. There are always heartbreaking stories of dogs that are missing and their owner only left them for a brief moment. Don’t take the chance!
Keep an Eye on Where Your Dog is Sniffing
You never know what people have thrown out of their car window or just dropped on the grass. Chicken bones or other items could be potentially deadly.
If you use a regular leash such as a four or six-foot lead you are more likely to keep your dog away from some potential danger on the ground. Using a retractable leash gives you much less control.
Watch Where Your Dog is Walking
Broken glass is everywhere, so keep your eyes looking ahead to where your dog is walking. There are so many things on the ground that can hurt your dog’s paws.
Keep to Well Lit Areas
The safety of you and your dog is important. Walk in areas that are well lit.
Walking in areas that are dark or underpopulated puts you at risk for falls or worse.
Be present with your dog and you will both enjoy the walk much more.
Taking your dog for a walk can be a great way for you both to unwind and enjoy some quality time together.
If you work long hours, but would still like to get your best pal out for an adventure, please contact us for more information on our dog walking service.