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Safety Tips for Walking Your Dog

Does your dog get excited when you pick up his leash, or mention the word ‘walk’? If so, he’s not the only one. Fido’s walks are very good for him! Our canine companions love to explore and get some fresh air. Regular walks offer your pet beneficial mental stimulation. Those daily jaunts also help keep your pup in shape and, of course, allow him to relieve himself. Always be sure to put safety first! Read on as a local Greensboro, NC vet offers some safety advice for walking your dog.

Reflective Gear

We recommend getting a reflective leash and collar for Fido, so he’ll be easier to see after dark. A reflective or light jacket is also a good idea for you. You can also get LED lights and wind them around your pup’s leash. Another thing you can do is dedicate a pair of sneakers to be your dog-walking shoes, and then add reflective paint or stickers to them.

Leashes

Check your furry pal’s leash regularly, and replace it when it starts getting worn. Retractable leashes can be very useful, and can give Fido more freedom and leeway for grass sniffing, but they aren’t a good option for busy streets. If the mechanism breaks or sticks, your pooch could run into traffic lanes before you can stop him! Save these for parks and trails, and use a regular leash for sidewalks.

Training

Make sure your pooch knows basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is very important for safety reasons. Fido has been known to lunge after other animals, and take his owner with him. This can be very dangerous! Proper training will also help keep your canine buddy from running away if the leash breaks or if you drop it.

Positioning

When walking your canine friend along the side of the road, always have Fido walk on the outside, so that you are between him and approaching traffic. Your pooch won’t have a large profile, and may not be easily seen by drivers, especially around curves. We know, our furry pals like to explore, but you’re safer sticking to familiar, quiet roads.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Greensboro, NC animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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