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Walking Your Dog

Did you know that January is Walk Your Pet Month? While of course some people do choose to walk their cats, it’s usually dogs who get taken out for daily strolls. In fact, those regular walks are great for your canine companion! Here, an Aurora, CO vet discusses walking Fido.

Benefits of Walking

For some people, walking their dogs is an absolute must, for sanitary reasons. Of course, even if your pup has a yard to play in, he’ll still benefit from regular walks. Walking keeps Fido active and offers him beneficial mental stimulation, both of which are great for his health. They also give you a chance to spend some quality time with your canine buddy, which will keep that tail wagging. Last but not least, walking the dog will also be good for you!

Safety

Make sure that Fido knows basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come. Choose safe routes, and avoid places with heavy traffic. If you are walking on the side of a road, keep your four-legged friend to the outside: he’s shorter, and will be harder for drivers to see.

Nighttime

We recommend getting reflective gear for nighttime walks. Always bring a cell phone and flashlight with you, and stick to well-lit, familiar routes.

Winter Walks

Winter brings its own set of hazards. If your pooch has thin fur, get him a doggy jacket for cold weather. Avoid walking your pet on or near frozen bodies of water. Also, be careful when walking Fido just after snow has fallen. Snow—especially fresh snow—can hide dangerous objects, like broken glass.

Paw Care

Fido’s paws are very delicate. Remember, he is running around barefoot! If your pup won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his feet. Keeping your furry friend’s claws trimmed is also important.

Pulling

Does your canine pal sometimes jerk on his leash? The next time Fido pulls you, immediately stop and change directions. Training may get a bit tedious, but it will be well worth it!

Gear

We recommend designating a specific jacket just for walking Fido. Keep the pockets stuffed with treats, waste baggies, spare keys, and a portable phone charger. That way, you only have to grab one thing on your way out!

Is your canine friend due for an exam? Contact us, your local Aurora, CO pet hospital, today!

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