There’s a pretty fun pet holiday around the corner. February 22nd is Walk Your Dog Day! Even if you have a yard for Fido to run and play in, he’ll still benefit from regular walks. A Pasadena, MD vet discusses walking your canine pal below.
Walks are beneficial for Fido for several reasons. If you don’t have a yard, they are obviously necessary for sanitary reasons. Those daily strolls also give your pup a good workout, which will help keep him fit. Plus, they provide Fido with a change of scenery and, of course, the chance to sniff some grass. We know, smelling the neighbor’s lawn may not sound like very much fun to you. However, our canine companions can pick up all sorts of information through scents, so this is actually quite informative for them. (Think of it as the doggy version of reading the paper.) Try to change your route regularly, to keep things fun and fresh for your furry buddy.
Always put safety first! Make sure your furry best friend knows—and obeys—simple obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, and Heel. Also, don’t let your pup get in front of you when you are crossing driveways or intersections. If you are walking your pooch on the side of a road, keep Fido to the outside, and walk facing oncoming traffic. You’ll need to take some extra precautions at night. Use a reflective leash and collar on Fido, and wear bright clothes yourself. Also, stick to well-lit, familiar paths.
We do have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to walking dogs. Speaking of sleeves, you may want to designate a specific jacket or bag for walking your canine buddy. Keep it stocked with the sort of things people often forget to grab, such as spare keys, waste baggies, a flashlight, and a phone charger. You may also want to clip a carabiner onto your furry friend’s leash. If you need to stop for something, you can easily clip Fido to a tree or post. (Note: never leave your dog unattended.) Finally, if your pooch has a habit of jerking on the leash, start changing direction every time he pulls. Sooner or later, he’ll get the hint!
Please contact us, your local Pasadena, MD vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!