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Dog Walking Hacks

February is Walk Your Pet Month! Our canine pals really benefit from daily walks. Even if Fido has a yard to chase squirrels around in, the exercise and stimulation regular walks provide will still do him good. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, your Sharon, ON, a local vet lists some helpful dog walking hacks.

Jacket

Designate a specific jacket to wear when walking Fido. Keep the pockets filled with things you may need, such as treats, baggies, gloves, spare keys, a flashlight, and a portable phone charger. That way, you only have one thing to grab on your way out.

Baggie Stash

Don’t forget to pick up after Fido! Stash baggies in a few places on your property, such as your glove compartment. Fake storage rocks are also good for this. If you run out, you won’t have to go back inside to get more.

Carabiner

Clip a carabiner onto the end of your pet’s leash. If you want to stop and chat, you can quickly secure your canine friend to a fence or tree. (Note: never leave Fido unattended, even for just a few minutes.)

Helping Other Pets

Do you take a smartphone with you when you walk Fido? If so, consider downloading the Wooftrax app. This app calculates the distance you and your furry friend go on each walk, and donates to animal shelters based on the distance you go.

Lunging

Does your four-legged buddy have a habit of lunging after squirrels, cats, or other dogs? The next time Fido pulls on his leash, immediately change directions and start walking the other way. Do this every time your pet pulls. Training can get tiresome, but sooner or later, your pup will get the point!

Water Bottle

In hot weather, be sure to bring some water along for your pooch. To make this easier, get Fido a portable water bottle with a little dispenser in it.

Paw Care

Doggy paw pads are very sensitive. In summer, Fido can get painful abrasions from hot tar or sand. In winter, snow, salt, sand, and ice can hurt your pet’s feet. Use paw balm or wax to protect your dog’s paw pads. If you don’t have any, petroleum jelly will work just fine!

Is your canine buddy due for an exam? Contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your local Sharon, ON pet clinic, anytime! We are here to help!

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