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Walking Your Dog

Did you know that February is Walk Your Pet Month? (Of course, if you have a dog, every month may be Walk Your Pet Month, but that’s beside the point.) Those daily strolls are not only important for sanitary reasons, they are also great for Man’s Best Friend. Walking keeps your pet active, and offers him beneficial mental stimulation. Read on as a local Niwot, CO vet offers some tips on walking Fido.

Training

Making sure your canine pal is properly trained is very important! Fido should know—and obey—simple doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This basic training can keep your pooch from dashing into traffic or running off if his leash breaks.

Gear

Speaking of leashes, make sure that Fido’s leash is in good condition. Leather leashes in particular can get weak with age. If your pooch wears a collar, make sure it fits just right, and isn’t too loose or too tight. (Note: you should be able to fit two fingers beneath the collar at all times.) Of course, some of our four-legged buddies, like pugs, are more comfortable in harnesses, while others need special collars. As for you, we recommend wearing sneakers or boots with good treads. It’s also a good idea to wear a reflective jacket, especially after dark. (Tip: to save yourself time, stuff the jacket pockets with doggy-walking necessities, like waste baggies, spare keys, and a flashlight.)

Safety

Always put safety first! If you are walking along the side of a road, keep Fido to the outside, as he’ll be harder for drivers to spot. Also, if you wear headphones, keep the volume low enough so that you can hear what’s going on around you. Finally, avoid taking your furry friend to dangerous areas, such as by riverbanks. When walking your pup after dark, keep your strolls short and sweet, and stick to well-lit, familiar routes.

Paw Care

Doggy paw pads are quite sensitive. Fido can get painful burns or blisters by walking or running on hot or harsh surfaces. Use paw balm or wax to protect your canine friend’s paws. Also, in winter, be sure to choose pet-friendly de-icing agents.

As your Niwot, CO pet hospital, we have been offering excellent veterinary care since 1946. We are here to serve all your pup’s veterinary care needs. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

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