Pooches need to get out the house, but it’s a big, scary world out there for a dog. One mistake and the family canine could be in serious trouble. And, sadly, dogs do get hurt because owners don’t take the right precautions when out and about. Although it seems benign, walking a dog is a risky business for man’s best friend.

So, with that in mind, below are the five hazards to be wary of and how to avoid them in the future.

Fellow Canines

Dogs are like humans: some get along, and other hate each other’s guts! Indeed, it seems as if all pooches don’t like one another when they first meet. Typically, this isn’t an issue because it only leads to fisticuffs. Still, there are times when it gets out of control and teeth and claws clash, so keeping a safe distance is wise. Plus, dogs can pass on conditions such as fleas. Revolution for dogs is an excellent treatment should the inevitable happen, but staying away from a flea-ridden pooch is the first port of call.


There are not enough fields and secluded pathways to go around, so dogs have to walk on busy roads. Even if there is a path, you can’t accommodate for dangerous driving. And, not to blame your canine, but they might react to a noise and dive for the road. If you do have to walk on a narrow walkway, try and place your dog closest to the wall. That way, you mitigate any surprise accidents.

Walking Dogs on or near roads

Safety Risks

Paths and pavements appear clear, but chemicals aren’t always visible to the naked eye. Of course, they aren’t a problem for you because you wear protective clothing such as shoes. Dogs are different because they have pads which touch the floor. And, pooches are prone to licking themselves to maintain a level of cleanliness. Unfortunately, if they have chemicals on their feet, it will get into their bloodstream and make them ill. If you are unsure about the local environment, you can kit your dog out in special boots for protection purposes.

Ice And Snow

Some dogs are accustomed to the bad weather. If you ever see a husky bounding around when it snows, you’ll know what that means. Still, the majority of house dogs are fair weather animals and hate the wintertime. Firstly, snow is freezing and lowers their body temperature making them colder and more prone to illnesses. Secondly, ice is slippery and may cause them to lose their balance and bang a body part. Canine clothes will add a layer of protection, but it’s best to assess the weather before leaving the house.

Walking and Exercising Dogs

Not Rewarding Behavior

Once you and your animal return safely, don’t sit down and watch TV. Instead, take the time to reward their behavior so that they get into good habits. Giving them a treat after a successful walk is an excellent way to ensure they avoid potential dangers in the future.

Have you ever come across any of these in the past? If so, now you can avoid them.


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