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Tips for Walking Your Dog

Did you know that the first week of October is officially Walk Your Dog Week? Even dogs that have yards to run and play in will still benefit from taking regular strolls with their human buddies. Walks provide our canine pals with exercise and mental stimulation, which are both very important to Fido’s health and well-being. Read on as an Oconomowoc, WI vet offers tips on walking your dog.

Training

All dogs should know—and obey—basic doggy obedience commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This isn’t just a matter of petiquette: proper training is crucial both to your dog’s safety and the safety of others. If your canine friend doesn’t have these basics down, take your pooch back to school!

Pulling

Does your dog think he is walking you? If so, try this trick: the next time Fido pulls you, immediately change direction and walk the other way. Sooner or later, your furry buddy will get the hint!

Gear

There are many different types of collars and leashes available, and some may be better for Fido than others. Brachycephalic dogs, for instance, lose their breath easily, and are often more comfortable in harnesses. Pups with small heads, like greyhounds, can slip out of regular collars, and may be better off in martingale collars. Ask your vet for specific gear recommendations.

Night Walks

When walking Fido after dark, take some basic precautions to keep yourself and your pet safe. Choose well-lit, familiar routes, and try to keep night walks short and sweet. We also recommend using reflective gear, and keeping a cell phone and flashlight with you at all times.

Hacks

Here’s a great dog-walking hack: dedicate a jacket just to walking your furry friend. Keep waste baggies, treats, a flashlight, spare keys, and a whistle in the pockets. That way, you’ll have everything you need in one place!

Paw Care

Fido’s furry feet are very delicate. Dogs can get painful paw blisters by running around on hot tar in summer. In winter, snow, ice, salt, and chemical de-icing agents can all cause paw injuries. Use paw balm to protect your pup’s feet, choose pet-safe de-icing products, and wipe those cute paws down daily with a damp cloth.

Is your dog due for veterinary care? We’re here to help keep Fido happy and healthy! Contact us, your Oconomowoc, WI animal hospital, anytime.

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