Our Top Tips For a Safe Dog Walk

Choose a suitable leash, collar or harness

 

Let’s start our tips with before you and your pet have headed out the door. It’s important to choose a comfortable leash (comfortable for both you to hold, and your dog to wear), as well as a comfy and good quality collar or harness. There are so many to choose from on the market. Consider what type of leash/collar/harness is best suited to your dog and their walks. If your dog loves to roam, an extendable lead is a great option. If you have a big and strong dog, a thick good quality, harness and a lead with an easy to hold handle are essentials. If you plan to go on evening walks, a reflective collar, leash or harness will provide better visibility for drivers in the dark. Also, ensure your dog always wears identification with their collar or harness, in case they get lost.

 

Stay well lit in public areas

 

As well as using reflective leashes on evening strolls, ensure that you also wear some reflective clothing, such as a jacket. It is also useful to use a flashlight on these occasions.

 

Don’t approach other dogs without asking first

 

If you’re the kind of person that has to pet every dog you meet, this tip is for you! Always ask the owner if it’s OK to pet their dog. Even if the owner has said it’s ok to say hello, remember to assess the dog’s body language before you go ahead. Check out our blog here, to learn more about canine body language!

If an owner says no when you ask to greet their dog, don’t be offended! There will be a valid reason why, such as a puppy in training, a working service dog, or any dog in need of some space.

 

Weather conditions

Walking with your dog in extreme weather conditions poses many risks. Take precautionary measures to protect your pooch during all four seasons.

Did you know that paw burns are very common in the US, during high summer temperatures? Dog and cat paws can be just as sensitive as human feet, meaning they’re equally as likely to get burnt walking on hot surfaces. Materials in the likes of metal, sand, asphalt and wood absorb heat from the sun and many pet owners are not aware that these can stay hot for hours – even after sunset!

 

In addition to hot surfaces, cold conditions can prove to be just as harmful to your dog. Colder seasons usually result in the ground becoming compacted and harder to walk on. When the ground is frozen solid, it creates more of an impact on your dog’s paws, as well as their bones and joints. However, there’s no reason why with PET CARE Sciences Paw Wax your dog shouldn’t enjoy those crisp, cold morning walks as much as you do!

 

Paw Wax can also help protect your pet’s sensitive paws from potentially toxic de-icers and gritting products. These substances, cause irritation and sensitivities to the paws.

 

Where climate is concerned, age is more than a number. Very old and very young dogs can struggle to regulate body temperature, so they have more extreme reactions to changes in weather.

Cold weather will often aggravate existing medical conditions in dogs, particularly arthritis. It’s very important to maintain an exercise regimen with your arthritic dog, but be mindful of slippery surfaces and make sure your dog has a warm soft rest area to recuperate after activity. If you don’t already give your senior dog a natural joint supplement to ease the discomfort of arthritis, you may want to consider adding one in winter. Just like people, dogs are more susceptible to other illnesses during winter weather.

 

Clean Up

 

We are required to clean up after our dogs by law. Always be prepared and ensure you carry more than plenty of disposable bags. And disposing of a bag properly is a must too, just bagging poo and leaving it where the poop happened is not helping anyone, especially the good name of dog walkers.