As the leaves begin to fall and the heat begins to break, it’s the perfect time of the year to get outside with your dog. K9s and their owners love to enjoy autumn together by going for walks, hikes, and playing in the grass. But the fall brings added risks when going outdoors, and it’s important to maintain the right practices to keep your dog safe. Here are 4 autumn safety tips to keep your dog happy and healthy.
1. Keep Your Yard Safe
The autumn usually brings around lots of yard for work citizens in the northeast. Landscaping, gardening, and routine care are required to keep lawns clean and growing well. Make sure that you put away all gardening tools before letting your dog out to play. Dogs are curious by nature, and sharp or heavy objects can pose potential hazards for a mutt frolicking in the leaves. As well, make sure that all chemicals are removed from your yard. Insecticides, weed killers, and fertilizer can also spark the curiosity of your K9 companion. If you are applying a weed killer or similar chemical to your yard, make sure to read the labeling and give it enough time to sit before letting your dog play in the grass. Some lawn care products can be toxic to animals, dogs included.
2. Make Sure to Clear Potential Hazards
Autumn weather can bring on much more than just fallen leaves. Branches that fall can cause harm to a dog’s eyes or mouth when played with, and fallen fruit may be dangerous if eaten. If you think your dog may have gotten into something, symptoms usually include vomiting, diarrhea, and nervous system issues. Clear out these hazards from your yard before playtime begins. As well, make sure to scan any park you go to to note possible hazards that could turn your fun day out into a trip to the vet.
3. Tick-proof Your Outdoor Spaces
While the changing colors of the trees may be beautiful, those pesky little ticks sure aren’t! For the health of you and your dog, it is important to tick-proof any outdoor space you will be occupying. Cut grass regularly to avoid shadowy underbrush- ticks enjoy darker places. As well, raking leaves is essential. Scattered leaves provide ticks cover from light, and can turn your yard into their playground. Playing in a pile of leaves may sound fun, but make sure to thoroughly check for ticks afterwards.
4. Keep Your Pup Safe During Hikes
Hikes are a great way to explore and enjoy the outdoors while letting off some energy. Your dog will appreciate them, too! Hitting the open trails is always fun, but you need to be prepared for anything your dog may need. Pack ample water for you and your K9, and a portable bowl for them to comfortably drink out of. If your dog seems low on energy, make sure to stop and rest- they’d do the same for you! Consider using protective footwear for your dog to keep their paws from getting injured on any rough terrain they may encounter. As well, always be cautious of how far your dog strays from you and the path. Ticks are a large concern in wooded areas. Other animals may be living off the trail, and could spook or endanger your dog if they get too close. While you and your dog may be comfortable off-leash, it is important to pack one just in case. In the event anything problematic occurs while on a hike, packing a doggy first-aid kit can help ease your mind. It’s always better to come prepared, and will allow for you and your dog to enjoy a great day out in nature.
Get Your Dog Ready for Fun in the Fall
Outdoor activities in the autumn are a bunch of fun, but the added risks of the season require discipline from your dog. Wolfen1 offers basic obedience training to teach your dog the fundamental skills of how to behave whether in your home or out in public. If you’re ready to hit the trails with a younger dog, consider enrolling them in our puppy training course first to assure they’re ready to go. We are the go-to dog trainers in Greater Fairfield County, and can’t wait to meet your K9 companion. Give us a call today to learn more about what Wolfen1 can do for you: (203) 788-6148.