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Walk the Dog Day

February 22nd is Walk The Dog Day! Does your pup get excited when he knows he’s going for a walk? That happy dance Fido does when you grab his leash is super cute! Actually, taking your pooch for regular walks is very important for his health and well-being. A Folsom, CA vet discusses walking your dog below.

Benefits of Walking

Does your dog have a yard to play in? If so, that’s great! However, just being outside really doesn’t offer Fido much entertainment, aside from chasing squirrels or barking at the occasional passing cat. You definitely don’t want your pet getting bored! Boredom in dogs can lead to quite a few bad behaviors, such as digging. To stave off the bored-doggy blues, walk Fido every day. Those daily strolls will provide your canine buddy with physical activity and mental stimulation, which are both great for him. Plus, they’re a terrific way for you to spend quality time with your furry bff!

Training

Training is very important, both for petiquette and safety reasons. Proper training can keep your dog from running away or dashing into traffic if you drop the leash. Make sure Fido knows basic doggy obedience commands like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down.

Gear

Always keep your furry pal leashed when you take him out and about. Also, make sure that Fido’s gear is comfortable for him. Although regular collars are fine for many dogs, they aren’t right for all pooches. Harnesses are a better choice for small breeds, as little dogs can be jerked around so easily. Brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, are also better off in harnesses, because they lose their breath very quickly. Ask your vet for specific advice. Additionally, we recommend getting reflective gear for night walks. You may also want to designate a specific jacket and pair of shoes for walking your pup. Keep doggy-walking necessities, like baggies, spare keys, a flashlight, and a phone charger, in the pockets. That way, you only have to grab one thing on your way out.

Paw Care

Fido can get painful burns and abrasions from running on hot or harsh surfaces. Limit your pup’s outdoor time in hot weather and/or after he’s been swimming. We also recommend using paw balm or wax to protect his feet.

Please feel free to contact us, your Folsom, CA pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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