Dog Safety: Traveling Outside Your Home
When it comes to keeping your dog safe in the great big world, first consider the type of place you’ll be taking them. Let’s explore some of the most common places you might take your best buddy.
#1: The Dog Park
First, make sure your dog has been to the vet for the appropriate medications, vaccinations and checkups. You’ll also need a leash, some water and a little luck for some good weather.
Alright, you’ve got the necessities. Now what? You’ll also want to bring your dog’s best behavior. A well-trained and socialized dog will stay safe in most situations, because you can count on them to act appropriately and respond to your commands. Don’t underestimate the power of brushing up on your “come” and “sit” commands, as well as giving your dog plenty of supervised opportunities to safely interact with other pets. The dog park can be an excellent chance to practice these behaviors and lead to more successful outings in the future.
#2: Pet-friendly Stores or Restaurants
If you’re heading to a pet-friendly store, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with any rules and guidelines they may have. Check their website or call ahead to make sure you know what to expect. Based on the location, you may need a certain length of leash, only be allowed to bring certain dog breeds, or need your dog to have a certain type of training. In any case, have a plan for how to manage your dog if they approach, or are approached by, other people’s pets.
If you’re at a restaurant, it’s a good idea to bring some of your dog’s food or treats, as well as their favorite chew toy. Keeping them full and occupied might prevent them from begging for table scraps or searching for dropped morsels.
#3: A Long Trip or Joy Ride
If you’re planning to travel in the car with your dog, start small and build up to your big adventure. Take regular drives together, gradually increasing the distance to help your dog get used to being in the car. Remember to bring plenty of water and food, depending on how long you’ll be gone. You’ll also want to keep the inside of the car cool so your dog doesn’t overheat. And remember: it’s never safe to leave your dog unattended in a car.
A New Way to Keep Your Dog Safe
Regardless of where you’re taking your buddy, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case something unfortunate happens. You’ve probably heard of how microchips can help locate a lost or stolen dog, but you may not know about another technology that can help.
It’s called NOSEiD. Your dog’s noseprint is one of a kind, just like a human fingerprint. By downloading our app and scanning your dog’s nose, anyone who finds your dog will have a faster, simpler way to reunite the two of you. It’s a great way to keep your dog safe while traveling. Give it a try!