Walk Your Dog Day

There’s a pretty important doggy holiday coming up. Walk Your Dog Day is February 20th! We know, every day is Walk Your Dog Day. But this is a great time to take your pooch for an extra-long stroll, or perhaps try a new route. A Michigan City, IN vet discusses dog walking below.

Safety

Always put safety first. When walking Fido on the side of the road, position him to the outside, and, if you can, walk towards oncoming traffic. It’s important for you to see what’s coming! Also, don’t let your pup get in front of you when you are crossing driveways, intersections, or parking lot entrances. Finally, if you listen to music or podcasts while walking your pooch, keep the volume low enough to hear what’s going on around you.

Hacks

Want to make taking your furry pal out a bit easier? Designate a specific bag or jacket for walking your dog, and keep the pockets filled with things like waste baggies, treats, and spare keys. That way, you only have to grab one thing! It’s also a good idea to put a carabiner on the end of Fido’s leash. If you want to stop to talk, or perhaps sit on a park bench with your pup, you can easily clip your canine pal to something. Just don’t leave your four-legged friend unattended!

Gear

Make sure Fido has a comfortable collar or harness. Retractable leashes can be great, but they aren’t right for every occasion. Don’t use these near potential hazards, such as busy roads or steep cliffs. Also, take the lead in if you come across another dog: you don’t want Fido getting tangled up. As for you, be sure to wear shoes or boots with good tread.

Fun Tips

Who says you can’t have some fun walking your canine companion? Play a few games with Fido during your strolls. Red Light Green Light can be made dog-friendly by replacing Stop and Go with Stay and Come. You can also bring treats, and scatter them for Fido to find.

Tail Wags

Don’t think of walking your furry buddy as a chore. It’s good for you and Fido mentally and physically. It’s also a great way to spend time with your dog!

Please reach out to us, your Michigan City, IN veterinary clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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