If you’re anything like us, you probably look forward to those daily strolls with your four-legged friend. But let’s face it, whether you’re cruising the urban jungle or exploring nature’s trails, walking your dog comes with its own set of challenges and, well, occasional chaos! But fear not, because SafeKab is here to equip you with the Top 5 Tips to Stay Safe While Walking Your Dog.
Leash Up for Success!
Let’s kick this off with the cornerstone of dog-walking safety – the trusty leash or lead! Whether you’ve got a dashing Dachshund or a mighty Mastiff, keeping your dog on a leash makes sure they have a safe and sound adventure.
Leash Length: Opt for a lead that’s just the right length – not too short that it’s like a doggy bungee cord, and not too long that it doubles as a tripwire for unsuspecting pedestrians! Aim for that Goldilocks zone.
Clip ‘n’ Click: Ensure your leash is securely fastened to your dog’s collar or harness, and that their collar or harness is nice and secure too . You don’t want your pup doing a Houdini and vanishing into thin air when they spot an unsuspecting pussy cat, do you?
Ditch the Retractable: While those retractable leashes seem like a cool idea, they can be a recipe for chaos. Imagine your pup takes off after a butterfly while you’re lost in a daydream – next thing you know, they’re in a tug-of-war with a poodle down the road. Stick to a reliable standard lead!
Paws Off the Tech!
In our modern age, it’s tempting to be glued to our screens 24/7 – but when you’re out and about with your canine companion, it’s time for a tech detox! Seriously, folks, it’s all about being present and attentive.
Eyes on the Prize: Your dog’s walk is their highlight of the day, so make it count! Keep your eyes peeled for any potential hazards like glass shards, traffic or a cat that could lead them into a high-speed chase!
Detective Mode: Dogs are curious creatures, and they might sniff out something interesting or questionable. Stay alert to prevent them from gobbling up things that could upset their stomach.
Hello, Stranger!: Meeting fellow dogs and dog walkers can be a hoot! But keep in mind, not all dogs are instant pals. Always ask before allowing your pup to say hello to new friends.
Route Roulette – Choose Wisely!
Alright, time for a little game of Route Roulette! Choosing the right path can make all the difference in ensuring your adventure stays on the right track.
Paw-Friendly Paths: Opt for routes that are dog-friendly and free from potential hazards. That shortcut through the thorny bushes might save you five minutes, but is it really worth the risk to both you and your pup?
Avoid Rush Hour: If you’re walking during peak hours, like when the entire town is rushing to work or school, you might want to rethink your timing. Dodging the human hustle and bustle can prevent accidental tangles or bumps or unnecessary stress to you and your dog.
Master the Art of Doggy Etiquette
Now, folks, let’s talk about something that’s as crucial as picking the right treat – doggy etiquette! Being a considerate dog owner isn’t just good manners; it ensures harmony in the canine cosmos.
Pick It Up, Pal!: It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it – yes, we’re talking about cleaning up after your pup’s nature calls. Always carry those poop bags and dispose of them properly. Nobody wants to step into a surprise landmine!
Friendly Reminders: If your pup is the social butterfly type, teach them to approach other dogs and humans politely. Not every dog wants a slobbery kiss on the first meeting, and not everyone is ready for a surprise jump!
Weather Warriors – Prep for All Conditions!
Last but not least, let’s talk about braving the elements, come rain or shine. Because let’s face it, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with our walking plans!
Ready for Rain: Grab a waterproof jacket for yourself and a wee raincoat for your pup to keep them comfy.
Sunny Delights: When the sun’s blazing, remember that the pavement can turn into a sizzling griddle for your pup’s paws at the height of summer. Test the ground with your hand – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.
Nighttime Necessities: If you’re hitting the pavement after dark, deck both you and your pup out in reflective gear. Glowing in the dark is not only a fashion statement but a safety essential!
Keep it Safe with SafeWalk!
whenever you’re walking home, please take advantage of SafeKab’s new ‘SafeWalk’ feature.
SafeWalk allows you to share your walk home or walkies with a loved one so they can keep an eye on your journey every step of the way. We have also developed a ‘panic button’ that stays on your phone screen, so should you feel threatened you can press the button and notify both the local SafeKab office and a loved one that you need help. With our FREE SafeWalk function, you need never walk alone ever again!
SafeWalk is completely free to use for anyone who downloads the app! It’s a fantastic tool for students, schools, families, lone women, and anyone who might feel vulnerable when on a walk or walking alone. Download the app now and be sure of a safe end to a safe night out.