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Walk Your Dog Day

Walk Your Dog Day is February 22nd! Does your dog know what the word ‘walk’ means? Does he jump for joy when it’s time to go for a stroll? Man’s Best Friend loves going for walks! Those daily jaunts are of course crucial for sanitary reasons, but they are actually also very good for Fido. Below, an Indianapolis, IN vet talks about walking the dog.

Training

Your canine buddy should know basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come, and should walk beside you, rather than hauling you down the road. If your four-legged pal tends to pull when you are walking him, nip that habit in the bud. This can be very dangerous! Whenever Fido jerks on his leash, immediately change direction. Training can be a bit tiresome, but your pet will get the hint sooner or later.

Gear

Getting a leash and collar may seem simple, but there are actually several things to consider when shopping for Fido. Brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, get winded easily, and should wear a harness instead of a collar. You may also need special equipment for greyhounds and other similarly-built pups, as they can easily slip out of regular collars. And, while retractable leashes are great, they aren’t right for every situation. If you walk your furry buddy along the side of a busy street, we recommend using a regular leash. Otherwise, your dog could possibly run into traffic if the mechanism breaks. You definitely don’t want that!

Paw Care

Fido’s cute paws are actually quite sensitive. Dogs can get painful burns and abrasions from walking on snow, salt, ice, sand, tar, or asphalt. Try to keep your canine companion on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect his furry feet. We also recommend wiping your four-legged pal’s paws down with a damp cloth when you bring him inside. You may even be able to train your pooch to wipe his paws! Last but not least, be sure to keep your pet’s nails trimmed.

Walking Safety

Make sure that Fido is microchipped, and that he is wearing current ID tags. If you take him out after dark, use a reflective leash and collar, and don’t wear dark clothes. Ask your vet for more safety tips.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, today!

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