When you have a dog, it is your responsibility to keep your dog safe. Dogs aren’t always aware of danger. For instance, in the summer it’s quite common for owners to take the dog to the beach. It can be great fun running along the beach with them. But what about swimming?
While your dog may love a good swim in the water, this may not be safe for them. In the UK there have been stories of dogs swimming too far and being picked up by a seal. At this point the dog is dead, there is no way to save them and trying will only put your life in danger. The way to avoid this is to watch where your dog is swimming. It might be best to keep them on a leash or rope while they are wild swimming so that you can pull them to safety.
A good rule of thumb is this: if you wouldn’t feel safe swimming there, your dog probably shouldn’t swim there either.
Let’s look at some of the other ways to keep your dog safe by being responsible.
Letting Your Dog Off The Leash
It can be tempting to let your dog off their leash as much as possible. Letting your dog off their leash and allowing them to run free is a great way to get them the level of exercise, particularly for bigger dogs. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
First, if you’re going to let your dog off their leash, they need to be well trained enough to come back when called. This means that they shouldn’t be off their leash at least for the first few months.
Another point to consider is whether it’s legal for them to be off their leash? There are plenty of places around the world and around the country where dogs are not allowed off their leash. So make sure you are aware of the local laws.
But the main issue is to make sure your dog is under control. If they’re not, you’ll have to run after them, and you might slip or fall leading to an injury. Now, it’s possible that the slip or fall isn’t your fault and if that’s the case, you may want to find a lawyer afterward. But, if you were running after an out of control dog at the time, the property owner could use this against you.
In any case, you can also look into GPS trackers if your pup likes to wander. Check out this list on reviews.com.
Taking Your Dog In The Car
It’s not just about keeping your dog safe when you’re out and about. You need to think about what happens with your dog in the car as well. A lot of owners love taking their dogs on drives which can be great fun. But you just have to be careful because you do need to secure your dog in the car. Otherwise, they can endanger your life as well as their own in a car crash.
The classic example of car danger would be letting your dog stick their head out the window. Dogs may love the feeling, but it doesn’t make it safe.
Here are some more points to help you keep your dog safe by being responsible.