Does your dog get excited when you grab his leash? Those daily strolls aren’t just important for sanitary reasons. They’re actually very beneficial to Fido, and are great for him, both mentally and physically. In this article, a Brandon, FL vet discusses walking your canine buddy.
Does your canine friend know basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down? If not, take Fido back to school. Teaching your pooch simple commands is very important for both good petiquette and for safety reasons!
Speaking of safety, we have a few tips for that as well. If you’re walking on the side of a road, keep Fido to the outside. You’ll also want to walk on the left side of the road, towards oncoming traffic. Don’t let your pooch walk across driveways or parking lot exits before you. You’ll also want to avoid bringing your canine pal near lakes or ponds, as there could be gators lurking. Last but not least, if you use a retractable leash, get one that locks. Keep it at about 4-6 feet, unless you’re in an open, grassy area.
When it’s really hot out, keep a close eye on Fido and make sure he isn’t overheating. It’s a good idea to bring water with you. You’ll also want to be extra careful when there are thunderstorms rolling in. Many dogs are terrified of storms! Make sure you have a good grip on the leash, in case a thunderclap frightens your furry pal.
We can’t stress enough how important it is for dogs to be microchipped and wearing ID tags. Fido should also be current on his vaccinations and parasite control products at all times.
If you’ve ever stepped onto hot tar barefoot, you know how painful it can be. Keep Fido on soft grass as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect his paws.
There are certainly lots of parks and dog beaches to explore around Tampa Bay. Be sure to pay attention to park rules! Also, bring baggies along, and pick up after your furry friend.
Keep an eye on the ground, and watch for things like broken glass, holes, and, of course, snakes. Better safe than sorry!
Please contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care.