Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps for a Terrific (and safe) Romp in the Woods

Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps for a Terrific (and safe) Romp in the Woods

Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps for a Terrific (and safe) Romp in the Woods


Leaves are falling and paws are crunching in the parks....

What a beautiful time of the year to get out with your canine companion and enjoy the crisp, cool air, frolic in the falling leaves and take in the visual splendor of nature.  A walk in the woods can be an exhilarating experience for you and your dog, especially if you’ll take a moment for some basic dog care preparations. Minimize surprises and emergencies by following these simple steps. 

I don’t fathom you, however i'll drive hours to search out an area wherever the dogs will run free in nature. we tend to all find it irresistible and infrequently pay the entire day within the mountains along. I’ve developed an inventory of straightforward dog care to-do’s to confirm we've got a good time and arrive and leave along safely.


I recommend the following items for your outdoor adventures:

1.  Orange vests for you and your dog

This may sound like overkill, but I recently had an experience with my dogs that scared me. I was out in the woods with my dogs when I heard shots fired not far from me. I couldn’t see my dogs and terror ran through me. Immediately I realized we were not prepared for the hunters.  Bright colored vests would have helped the hunters know we were not deer, and please don’t shoot us.  Every year you hear the stories of accidental shootings. Don’t be the next casualty -- don your orange vests!

2.  Current dog tags on collars

Keeping a collar and current dog tags on your dog helps others get him home if you get separated. One thing I have recently done is change the dog tags to read "I must be lost.  Please call Mom.  (xxx) xxx-xxxx".  This gives all the pertinent information, yet doesn’t provide information for an easy abduction.  I don’t want someone to know my babies’ names, which might lead the dogs to believe the stranger is a friend.  

3.  Foot and body check during and after the outing

I check my dogs’ paws and body frequently to remove the debris from the fall season -- gum balls, seeds, burrs, rocks, thorns, pine needles, and leaves can add up to irritation or lameness.

4.  Fresh water and a bowl

If I can help it, I don’t let my dogs drink standing water. I carry fresh water instead.  I have had to deal with stomach problems in the past from bacteria in standing water. Carrying your own water is a small thing, but doing it can prevent lots of pain and suffering, a vet bill, and a 10-day supply of antibiotics.  

5.  Towels

I love towels, lots and lots of towels.  To me, dropping dirty towels in the washer is much easier and less smelly than detailing a car or working to get that horrible wet, dirty dog smell out of fabric and carpet in my truck.

6.  Whistle -- long range

Lastly, I whistle-trained my dogs. If we tend to do separate, a blow on the whistle has them running to Maine. likelihood is, they don’t like not having the ability to work out Maine and can be happy to own me back in their sights.  I extremely suggest the ACME whistle that sounds from 2-5 miles. comprehend on a lanyard and carry it with you.  

These six straightforward steps will create your out of doors trip most a lot of pleasant, for you and your dogs. And being attentive to the fundamentals in dog care shows your dog simply what quantity you're keen on her.

Happy hiking!

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