Safety at all cost……

Today I want to have a discussion about the safety of our furry friends.
As dog owners we all have pretty much gone through the same steps. Wanting a pet knowing its a dog and then figuring out what type of dog. ( Big dog, little dog,low maintenance, high maintenance) We have all gone through it. Some more than others.

My question to you dog owners would be did we think about the true commitment and what it was going to take, to care for our new furry friends. From feeding everyday, walking, socializing, grooming, vet visits, to combing them out, making sure they don’t bite, house breaking them, kennel training, leash training, picking up after them in the yard and on their walks( essential to always have poop bags, always…) These cute furry friends are going to be a handful but they will also be a great addition to our homes if done right and a nuisance if done wrong. A lot to think about, but this is a LIFE we are talking about here. A LIFE that depends on you to care for and feed. This little life is in our hands. Their well being is dependent on us as individuals to be responsible to make sure their lives are comfortable, healthy and safe.

So today I want to talk about collars and leashes and why we need to use them. Not just because it’s a LAW but because we have to keep our pups safe. Here are
6 Great Reasons To Always Use A Dog Leash.

Here are the top reasons we advocate that all owners use dog leashes and collars:
1.Leashes prevent your dog from chasing animals, people, or bikes.
2.Its courteous to your neighbors, especially if they do not know your dog’s level of obedience.
3.A single lost dog is one too many.
4.When used properly, most canines don’t mind dog leashes or collars, in fact most like them.
5.You can pull your dog back to protect them, should there be something dangerous in the environment.
6.A dog leash could save your dog’s life.

So let talk about these six reasons and what they truly mean.
Keeping our pets on leashes can save their lives and others. I have watched in my community owners act as if their pets are so trained that they can leave them off leash and they will be OK. Well this is not true. Pets are animals with animal instincts that means they chase other animals and cars and balls. They are curious little animals. So as much as we think OH they will listen to my every command there may be that day they don’t and a squirrel runs across the lawn and off they go on the chase and the squirrel run across the street and so does Henry and oops the car doesn’t see him and now your running to Henry but angry at the driver. Whose fault was it really? Ours Henry should have been on a leash.

Let just say one day you take Lucy out to the mail box Oh it’s just in the front of the house no big deal and the neighbor down the street is walking her beautiful German Shepard, Lucy sees him and runs to him but not knowing that Luke is dog aggressive and Luke attacks Lucy. You run to help and your now angry at Luke, whose fault is it? Not Lukes he was on a leash.

OK lets use another example your walking Hank down the street no leash and little Timmy comes along and sees Hank Oh what a cute puppy he reaches down to pet him and Hank bites him and continues to bite whose fault was it? Was Hank on a leash? NO

All I am saying is they are animals and any thing could and has happen to our pets and others. Not only is it a law but it is the right thing to do as a responsible pet owner. We are not only helping the community be safe but our furry friends to be safe from the environment around them. It is our duty to keep them safe from all harm as they depend on us to live healthy, safe lives.

Here are a few safety tips when using a dog leash for you to keep in mind:

Dog Leash Safety Tips

1.Use a leash that is the correct size for your dog. Smaller dogs need thinner leashes with smaller hardware, while large dogs may require leashes of a slightly thicker width.
2.Never pull or drag your dog with a leash. If he is reluctant to come, simply backup & call his name in a happy voice.
3.Yanking or jerking a dog leash can injure your pet, especially younger pups and senior dogs.
4.If your dog likes to pull, consider using a no-pull harness, such as the popular SENSE-ation Harness for dogs.
5.Keep your leash in good shape. If the snap seems unstable or broken, replace it immediately.

Thank you for your time today, if you have any comment feel free to leave them below. I will see you next week for our next pet convo….