Dog Walking Safety Guide

Dog Walking Safety Guide

Dog Walking Safety Guide

by Jack Russell

dog walking Walking a dog can be beneficial for both a dog and its owner. For instance, a regular routine of walking can keep a dog and owner in good physical shape. It is also an ideal way for an owner and a dog to get to know one another and have some fun! On a walk, it’s important for an owner to make sure that his or her dog is safe at all times. The following outlines some basic safety guidelines that are helpful in keeping a dog safe on a walk.

Consider the Season Before Taking a Walk
An owner must consider the weather before taking a dog for a walk. For instance, during the hot summer months the sidewalks of a neighborhood or city can get very hot. The heat emanating from a sidewalk can burn the sensitive paws of a dog. If the sidewalks are too hot for a walk, an owner can walk the dog in a grassy park or travel to a dog park for exercise. Also, on extremely hot days, an owner should take a supply of water and a collapsible bowl on a walk so the dog won’t get overheated. In addition, on hot days a dog pants to stay cool. An owner is wise to keep an eye on the dog to make sure it is not overheating. A dog that is walking very slowly and hanging its head needs to be taken inside where it is cool.

There are other things to consider before walking a dog during the cold season. An owner should avoid walking a dog on slippery sidewalks. A dog may slip on the ice and injure itself. Also, in the wintertime, chemicals are used to thaw sidewalks and roads. A dog walker should make sure that his or her dog doesn’t try to eat any of the salt or other chemicals used on slippery sidewalks. Not surprisingly, these chemicals can make a dog ill or worse. In addition, a dog with a thin, light coat should be left inside on especially cold days.

Consider the Dog Walking Environment
An apartment dweller who owns a dog has a few things to consider before taking the pet out. For instance, the dog should be on a leash at all times so an owner can maintain control. Traffic is a major threat to dogs that live in the city. In addition, many people who live in the city take their dogs to dog parks. When visiting a dog park, a dog owner must keep watch over the dog to make sure it’s getting along with the other canines.

A person who lives further out in the country has other circumstances to consider. For example, if an owner takes a dog for a walk in the woods he or she should check the dog for ticks. This can prevent ticks from attaching to the skin of the dog. Also, a dog owner may want to treat the dog for fleas if it walks in the woods on a regular basis. Even if an owner is walking in the woods, he or she should be aware of traffic on any nearby roads. The dog should be on a leash when approaching the road to prevent it from running out in front of a car. Sometimes even well-trained dogs take off after squirrels or birds.

Many people enjoy taking their dogs on camping trips. An owner must remember to bring enough food and water for a dog while on a trip. Also, an owner should be aware of any wild animals in the area such as bears that could harm the dog. Once again, treating a dog for fleas and checking for ticks are both smart practices.

Proper ‘Petiquette’ Tips

  • Bring a bag to clean up a dog’s waste when walking in a neighborhood.
  • Keep a dog on a leash when walking in an area with traffic or lots of other people/dogs.
  • Ask a fellow dog walker before you let your dog say ‘hello’ to his or her dog. The dog walker’s canine may not like other dogs.
  • A dog that doesn’t obey its owner should be kept on a leash until it learns basic obedience. A loose dog that doesn’t obey an owner’s commands is in danger and can create dangerous situations.
  • If your dog isn’t getting along with other dogs in a dog park, take it home.
  • Don’t allow a dog to urinate on car tires, parking meters, or anything other than a bush or a tree.

General Tips for Keeping a Dog Safe on a Walk

  • Make sure that a dog has a license tag or is micro-chipped. There is always a chance that a dog can run off. These precautions can help reunite a lost dog with its owner.
  • Don’t walk a dog between parked cars. A driver in one of the cars may not see the dog and begin to move the vehicle.
  • Don’t allow a dog to drink from a pool of water on a road. There may be oil or other chemicals in the water that can make the dog sick.
  • Walk a dog with a leash of appropriate length. An owner doesn’t have adequate control of a dog with a leash that is too long.

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