Safety Tips for Walking Your Dog

Walk Your Dog Week starts today, October 1st! Going for regular walks aren’t just fun for Fido, they are actually very beneficial for him. Just be sure to always put your pet’s safety first. Below, a San Jose, CA vet discusses some safety tips for walking your pup.

Gear

Be sure to choose gear that is appropriate for your dog. For instance, brachycephalic breeds, like boxers and pugs, will do better in harnesses, as they can get winded easily. Retractable leashes can be great, but in certain situations, they can be dangerous. We don’t recommend using them on busy streets: Fido could run into traffic if the mechanism snaps! It’s also important to check your pet’s leash and collar regularly, and replace them when they get old. Ask your vet for more information.

Plants

Get to know some of the dangerous plants that are in your area. Foxtail grasses, for instance, are very dangerous to dogs. The seeds have barbs that allow them to work their way under your pet’s skin. These can cause very serious injuries!

Night Walks

When bringing your pooch out at night, use reflective gear, and choose paths that are well-lit. Don’t venture too far from home after dark: save your explorations for the daylight hours. We also recommend taking a phone, flashlight, and whistle with you.

Paw Care

In summer, Fido can get painful paw blisters by walking on hot sand or tar. Try to keep your canine buddy on soft surfaces, and use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet.

Training

Proper training is very important, not just for petiquette, but for safety reasons. Make sure Fido knows basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Wildlife

Dogs are very curious and inquisitive. Fido often likes to explore fields, wooded lots, and debris piles. These places can make very tempting habitats for wild animals! Play it safe, and keep your canine friend away from anything that could potentially be housing wildlife.

Roadside

When you’re walking Fido along the side of the road, keep your pup to the outside. He has a smaller profile, and is harder for drivers to see. Also, don’t let your pooch cross driveways or parking lot exits in front of you.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your San Jose, CA animal hospital, today!