Safe Walking Tips for Both Pet and Person.
- Pay Attention to your surroundings. Make sure to be aware of oncoming traffic, or potential dangers. Pay attention to your dog to make sure they are safe and healthy throughout the walk.
- Choose the right equipment. Pick a leash or harness that works best for your dog. Be sure to check that everything works properly, checking for tears, rips, or missing pieces.
- Be aware of the temperature. Hot asphalt is not safe for a dog’s paws. Always feel the ground before embarking on a walk to ensure it is safe for both you and your dog.
- Cross streets at the corner, or at traffic signals or crosswalks. Stop at the curb or the edge of the road before crossing the street. Do not run into the street or run while crossing the street.
- Look LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT again for cars before crossing the street, even when crossing at a light or a crosswalk. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing the street because cars that are turning or backing up may not see you.
- Stay hydrated! Be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pup. Keeping a convenient travel dog bowl is best for hydration breaks.
- Stay to the side of the road. If you are on a road with no sidewalks, walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible. Remember to keep both yourself and your dog to the side of the road.
- If you are walking at sunset, use a flashlight. Wear bright colored clothing so that cars can see you. Wear sneakers or other clothes with reflective materials on them (some backpacks and wind pants have reflective materials on them too.) In addition, use a brightly colored leash, preferably with reflectors so your 4 legged friend can also be easily seen by passers by.
- Being safe is the most important part of walking!
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