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Walk Your Dog Week

Did you know that the first week of October is Walk Your Dog Week? While technically every week is Walk Your Dog Week, this is really a great time of year to take some leisurely strolls with your furry best friend. We’ve made it through the hottest part of the year, and can enjoy some cooler temperatures. Here, a North Las Vegas, NV vet discusses walking your dog.

Benefits of Walks

For many people, walking Fido is a must for sanitary purposes. However, it’s also great for dogs for other reasons. For one thing, it gives your canine buddy a healthy dose of physical activity, which will help keep him in good shape. Walking also offers your pup a chance to sniff the ground and explore a bit, which will provide him with beneficial mental stimulation. Last but not least, those daily walks help your pet burn off excess energy. This is a great help with curbing bad doggy behaviors!

Training

We recommend that all dogs know basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, and Heel. This is very important for safety reasons! For instance, if you drop the leash accidentally, you want to make sure Fido will come back to you. Proper training can also help you keep your pup away from potentially dangerous areas, such as spots that could be housing snakes, spiders, or scorpions.

Keeping It Cool

Be very careful when walking your canine pal in summer. Doggy paw pads are very delicate. Fido could easily burn his feet by walking or running on hot surfaces. Overheating is another concern. When temperatures rise, stick to soft ground as much as possible, and walk your pooch in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler. Also, be sure to bring water along for both you and your dog.

Pulling

Does your pooch sometimes walk you, instead of it being the other way around? Whenever Fido pulls on the leash, immediately stop and change directions. Training may get tiresome, but it will be well worth it in the end!

Tips

Designate a specific jacket for walking Fido. Keep the pockets filled with waste baggies, treats, a portable phone charger, and a set of spare keys. That way, you won’t have to run around collecting things.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your North Las Vegas, NV veterinary hospital, today!

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