Dogs are a wonderful and amazing companion to have, but in today’s world, you have to keep your dog’s rights in mind just as much as your own. Of course, dogs are not people – as much as we all like to think they are, but they have emotions and concerns just as we do.
Unfortunately, they don’t have “societal norms” or “role models” to base their behavior on. They tend to react to things quite quickly. This is very sweet when they can’t contain themselves when you get home from work, but can be scary and dangerous when they are reacting to what they perceive is dangerous. Here are some doggy tips that will keep your dog, and those around you safe.
Leashing Your Dog
Of course – when you are living in a city, or populated area you need to keep your dog on a leash. Training your dog to like the leash is very important because it is a tool to keep them safe, and should be seen as a good thing. If leashing your dog didn’t exist, your companion would immediately run into traffic, to other dogs and people on the street, and may even get lost as they run about.
When you are living in a city, or populated area you need to keep your dog on a leash. Training your dog to like the leash is very important because it is a tool to keep them safe, and should be seen as a good thing. If leashing your dog didn’t exist, your companion would immediately run into traffic, to other dogs and people on the street, and may even get lost as they run about.
There are many collars to choose from that are good for different purposes. Harnesses are great for dogs that may be harder to manage when on a walk and are comfortable. There are standard collars that are good for general dog leashing, choke collars for more rambunctious dogs that need a self-check and many more. Picking a collar is a critical step of the process because it is good to work with your dog instead of against it.
Fencing Your Yard
If you live on a property with land, having a fence is critical when you have a pet. Fencing gives your loved one a chance to roam about on their own to let off steam or just enjoy themselves. Make sure that if you do fence your yard, the dog cannot dig below it, or jump over it. Dogs have a surprisingly sharp sense of weak spots and will find that one spot in the fence they can dig out of.
It is their natural inclination to dig out, or jump over the fence, so make sure you take the precautions to keep them safe in your yard.
Understanding Your Dog
Dogs, similar to people, have their own personalities. If your dog is skittish or scared very easily, do not bring them to highly populated areas, or areas with other dogs. Some dogs do not like children, so be sure to avoid introducing them into their environment, or if you have to, be sure to take any precaution necessary to protect them and those around you.
Dog attacks happen all the time. No one wants their loved one to be put into a situation where they feel threatened or scared, and especially not in a situation where they are responding by attacking someone else. Understanding your dog’s temperament and personality is huge. Caring for your pet doesn’t only mean feeding it and taking it to the bathroom. The companionship goes both ways, so really take the time to get to know your dog, and act in accordance with that when you are introducing them to the world around you. They want to be by your side, and not in doggy jail!