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Exercise Restraint

Always use a collar and leash. Even if your dog is extremely quiet and well-behaved, a collar and leash are essential. For a challenging dog, a halter-harness may provide extra control. Retractable leashes allow dog walkers to adjust the length of the lead. These are available in many sizes.

Identification

Place an identification on your pet before you take him off your own property. Identification tags are available at our vet hospital. Microchip implants are additional options.

Did You Drop Something?

Pick up after your pooch. Carry a supply of plastic baggies in your pocket. Invert the bag over your hand, so you can pick up your dog's droppings without touching anything directly. Seal the bag, and toss it in a trash receptacle.

Stop for a Drink

Provide water (for yourself and your dog), if you take a lengthy walk. Dogs may choose to drink from puddles and ponds, but this warrants caution. Excessive pollution, fertilizer, or other unexpected additives may harm a dog.

Don't Play in Traffic

Stay out of the road, as much as you can, and seek open grounds. Dogs thrive in fresh air, as we do. Scenic trails provide excellent exposure and a wonderful atmosphere for you and your dog. If you must walk in an urban area, try to stay on sidewalks and trails.

Dress for the Weather

In cold weather, allow the dog's winter coat to grow in more than usual. Well-groomed dogs can be lovely, but a short haircut will not keep him warm. If you must clip the dog in the winter, consider purchasing a fitted blanket, sweater or jacket for him.


During hotter months, your dog may need a haircut, or at least a good grooming to remove his thick undercoat.

Head for the Shade

In hot weather, allow the dog to rest in the shade periodically. Canines do not perspire, as humans do. They can only cool themselves off by panting, drinking water, swimming, and being in the shade.

Work It Out!

Allow room for exercise. Try to find a place where you can allow the dog to run free for a bit. Toss a Frisbee, a tennis ball, or a stick for him to fetch and return. Having fun together is good for both of you!

Walking with your dog is wonderful exercise. It helps to strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion, and it keeps you both healthy. Enjoy the walk, but be safe!