Did you know that the first week of October is officially Walk Your Dog Week? Of course, for many of us, every week is Walk Your Dog Week! Those daily strolls are just as good for us as they are for Fido! Read on as a local Portland, OR vet discusses walking your dog.
All dogs need some form of exercise, whether it’s a short stroll or a half-hour hike. Fido’s activity needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health. A senior dog may be tuckered out after a few minutes, while an energetic pup may want to go for a jog. Ask your vet for specific advice.
When walking at night, choose well-lit paths, and stick to familiar routes. If you are taking Fido along the side of the road, keep your furry buddy to the outside, as drivers may not seem him immediately. Also, avoid using retractable leashes near traffic.
All dogs should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down . This is very important for safety reasons! For instance, if you drop the leash, the Come command can help you stop your canine companion from running off after a squirrel.
Fido’s furry feet are very delicate. In summer, your pooch can get burns and abrasions by walking or running on hot or harsh surfaces. In winter, snow, salt, sand, and ice can all do a number on your pet’s paws. Try to keep your four-legged buddy on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm or wax to protect his feet. You can also try putting booties on your pup when it’s very hot or cold, though not all dogs care for wearing shoes.
There are a few things you can do to make walking your canine buddy a little easier. Designate a specific jacket for Fido’s walks. Keep the pockets filled with treats, waste baggies, gloves, a flashlight, spare keys, and a phone charger. Another thing you can do is clip a carabiner onto the end of your dog’s leash. That way, if you stop to talk, you can clip Fido to a tree or post. Just be sure never to leave your four-legged pal unattended.
Do you have questions or concerns about your health or care? Contact us, your Portland, OR animal clinic, today.