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Dog Walking Safety: A Guide for Responsible Dog Owners

Dog Walking Safety: A Guide for Responsible Dog Owners

The world instantly becomes a better place with a loving dog by your side. Unfortunately, danger lurks around every corner for your furry friend. This means they can be surrounded by major threats everywhere they go, especially when they are out for a walk. Thankfully, there are ways to keep them comfortable and out of harm’s way. Here are some of them:

  • Allow Bathroom Breaks
  • For dogs, taking a walk is synonymous with taking bathroom breaks. You may notice that after they heed nature’s call, they will perform scrape behavior. This is characterized by scratching the ground, kicking up debris, and letting their paws release pheromones. This is their way to let other dogs know they were there. 

    Another way dogs communicate with other dogs who have also been out on a walk is by smelling another dog’s urine. Doing this gives them clues about the pups’ gender and age. 

    Because of dogs’ natural behaviors during their bathroom breaks, it’s important to give your pet enough time outdoors. Don’t forget to carry poop bags to clean up after them and ensure dogs’ health and safety.

  • Let Your Dog Explore
  • Dogs are inherently adventurous. They are curious about the world around them. As a loving dog owner, it’s advisable to let your pet explore and smell things on their walk. Don’t drag them away before they are done smelling because they can hurt their throat and even suffer from a collapsed trachea, especially when they wear a leash. 

    Take good care of your furry pal’s health and prevent them from hurting their throat while on their walk by giving them enough time to smell things. Also, consider using a loose leash or a harness instead of a collar, especially if your dog has trachea issues. 

  • Take Breaks
  • Dogs seem like they can go on walks for hours, but they need to take regular breaks. This is especially true when it’s hot outside. Allow them 30 minutes to two hours of exercise a day, but consider breaking this session up into shorter walks. Simply sitting on a bench in the shade can give them adequate rest. Additionally, to ensure they stay hydrated, consider bringing a portable bowl. 

  • Choose the Right Dog Leash 
  • Using the right dog leash is necessary for an enjoyable and safe walk, especially for some areas that required leashed animals for walking. Your leash must also have a suitable size because a leash that is too short will limit your dog’s ability to explore while choosing one that is too long can give your pet too much freedom and get them into trouble. 


    No dog owner wants their pet to get harmed. By following these safety guidelines, you and your four-legged family member can explore the neighborhood with ease and peace of mind. Another way to keep your dog safe and comfortable while on their walk is to use proper walking equipment.

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