Dog Care 6 Easy Steps For A Terrific And Safe Romp In The Woods

Dog Care 6 Easy Steps For A Terrific And Safe Romp In The Woods

Leaves are falling and paws are crunching in​ the​ parks....

What a​ beautiful time of​ the​ year to​ get out with your canine companion and enjoy the​ crisp,​ cool air,​ frolic in​ the​ falling leaves and take in​ the​ visual splendor of​ nature. a​ walk in​ the​ woods can be an​ exhilarating experience for you​ and your dog,​ especially if​ you’ll take a​ moment for some basic dog care preparations. Minimize surprises and emergencies by following these simple steps.

I don’t know about you,​ but I will drive hours to​ find a​ place where the​ dogs can run free in​ nature. We all love it​ and often spend the​ whole day in​ the​ mountains together. I’ve developed a​ list of​ easy dog care to-do’s to​ ensure we have a​ great time and arrive and leave together safely.

I recommend the​ following items for your outdoor adventures:

1. Orange vests for you​ and your dog
This may sound like overkill,​ but I recently had an​ experience with my dogs that scared me. I was out in​ the​ woods with my dogs when I heard shots fired not far from me. I couldn’t see my dogs and terror ran through me. Immediately I realized we were not prepared for the​ hunters. Bright colored vests would have helped the​ hunters know we were not deer,​ and please don’t shoot us. Every year you​ hear the​ stories of​ accidental shootings. Don’t be the​ next casualty -- don your orange vests!

2. Current dog tags on​ collars
Keeping a​ collar and current dog tags on​ your dog helps others get him home if​ you​ get separated. One thing I have recently done is​ change the​ dog tags to​ read "I must be lost. Please call Mom. (xxx) xxx-xxxx". This gives all the​ pertinent information,​ yet doesn’t provide information for an​ easy abduction. I don’t want someone to​ know my babies’ names,​ which might lead the​ dogs to​ believe the​ stranger is​ a​ friend.

3. Foot and body check during and after the​ outing
I check my dogs’ paws and body frequently to​ remove the​ debris from the​ fall season -- gum balls,​ seeds,​ burrs,​ rocks,​ thorns,​ pine needles,​ and leaves can add up to​ irritation or​ lameness.

4. Fresh water and a​ bowl
If I can help it,​ I don’t let my dogs drink standing water. I carry fresh water instead. I have had to​ deal with stomach problems in​ the​ past from bacteria in​ standing water. Carrying your own water is​ a​ small thing,​ but doing it​ can prevent lots of​ pain and suffering,​ a​ vet bill,​ and a​ 10-day supply of​ antibiotics.

5. Towels
I love towels,​ lots and lots of​ towels. to​ me,​ dropping dirty towels in​ the​ washer is​ much easier and less smelly than detailing a​ car or​ working to​ get that horrible wet,​ dirty dog smell out of​ fabric and carpet in​ my truck.

6. Whistle -- long range
Lastly,​ I whistle-trained my dogs. if​ we do separate,​ a​ blow on​ the​ whistle has them running to​ me. Chances are,​ they don’t like not being able to​ see me and will be happy to​ have me back in​ their sights. I highly recommend the​ ACME whistle that sounds from 2-5 miles. Get it​ on​ a​ lanyard and carry it​ with you.

These 6 simple steps can make your outdoor trip so much more enjoyable,​ for you​ and your dogs. And paying attention to​ the​ basics in​ dog care shows your dog just how much you​ love her.

Happy hiking!

Dog Care 6 Easy Steps For A Terrific And Safe Romp In The Woods

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