Archive for May, 2009
Another important thing for pet owners to remember is to pick up after the pet. This is a very easy thing to do. Plastic grocery bags are great for picking up your pet’s little messes. Simply put your hand in the bag, pick up the mess, then turn the bag inside out over the mess. Tie it off and discard it in the nearest trash can. There are also several pet wate bags on the market. Some pet waste bags are even biodegradable. Your neighbors will appreciate you picking up after your dog. People playing in parks will be grateful as well.
Practice these five pet travel tips every time you take your dog in public. Keep your dog on a leash and keep them under control. Don’t take your pet into places where they don’t belong and never leave your pet unattended. Be sure to pick up after your pet. These practices not only help in making a public experience pleasant for everyone, but they keep your pet safe as well.
Do not leave your dog unattended in a public place, even if they are tied up or left in the car. Not only could this be considered illegal in some cities, but it could also be dangerous. The temperature on the inside of the car can get much hotter than the temperature outside. If your pet is tied up outside, they could get loose and inadvertently run into the street while trying to find you. Your pet could also be frightened without you there to protect them and may try to bite someone. And whether your pet is inside the car or tied up, someone who does not like animals could be cruel to your pet and even hurt them. If your dog is friendly and approachable, someone may steal them.
Do not take your dog into public buildings unless specifically allowed. This includes public park restrooms. Many buildings will have signs specifically prohibiting pets, but not having a sign does not automatically mean that your pet is allowed inside. Pet owners need to remember that many people are allergic to dogs. Taking your pet into an enclosed building could cause severe allergic reactions in people even after your pet has gone. If you are traveling and stopping at a rest stop, please note that dogs are prohibited from all restrooms at the rest stops. Also, rest stops may have designated pet areas for your pet to take care of their business.
Controlling your dog while in public is very important. If you have a difficult time controlling a dog that struggles against the leash, they could pull away and end up running into the street. Or your pet may chase another dog or jump on some unsuspecting adult or child. A dog that is difficult to control may need more training before going in public. To be able to control your dog in public, you need to know how to control them at home. If you are not familiar with how to train your dog, take them to obedience school. The teachers of those classes do not train your dog for you, rather they teach you how to understand and train your pet yourself.
One of the best pet travel tips for traveling with your dog is to always have your dog on a leash. The main importance of this is that you don’t want your dog to get away from you and get lost in a place they are not familiar with. Keep your pet’s leash short if you are around a lot of people. Some people are frightened of or strongly dislike dogs and may act defensively in response when a dog approaches them. Also, know your dog’s behavior. Avoid those things that you know your dog reacts negatively to whether it be children, other pets, or even noise. Adults generally know not to approach a dog without asking you first, but children may not. If you are not sure how your dog will behave around people or children, be especially attentive and prepared to pull your dog away from the situation. Even if you and your pet are in an off-leash area, always monitor your dog’s behavior. If you see your dog jumping on people or being a bully to other dogs, put your dog on a leash.
As pet owners, we have a responsibility to take care of our pets. But if we want to take our pet for a walk in the neighborhood or to play in the park, we also have a responsibility to the public. Not everyone appreciates our pets as much as we do. So in order for both ourselves and our pets to enjoy the social experience, there are a few pet travel tips we need to remember. There will be five parts posted in the month of May about our Pet Travel Tips/Pet Etiquette series. Keep checking out our blog.
Pet Travel Tips Part I – Use a Leash
Pet Travel Tips Part II – Control Your Pet
Pet Travel Tips Part III – Avoid Public Buildings
Pet Travel Tips Part IV – Do Not Leave Your Dog Unattended
Pet Travel Tips Part V – Pick Up After Your Pet
When we get into the car, it’s so completely ingrained in us to put on our seat belts. In fact, in many places, it’s an explicit law that everyone in the car must be wearing a seat belt. The driver is even liable if a passenger in the car is not properly wearing a seat belt. But if we’re so careful and organized about strapping in every time we get in the car, why wouldn’t we take that same care with our pets?
Our pets, after all, are just as likely to get injured in a collision as we are, and if they aren’t properly secured, they could experience moderate to fatal injuries. But it’s not a good idea to simply secure your dog any way you know how. This could result in ineffective pet auto safety. With that in mind, the safest and best option for concerned pet owners is to invest in dog safety belts. These are specially designed to keep your pets safe, even if you are in a crash or have to stop suddenly.
We are always talking about the benefits of adopting a dog versus buying a dog, although we are not against buying a dog IF you buy the dog from a reputable breeder. However, there are far too many breeders out there who are only in it for the money and not for the love of the breed. Check out this wonderful book on a dog who lived a horrible life at a puppy mill but was luckily rescued and given a second chance at life in a wonderful home:
“A Rare Breed of Love”
Come visit Camp Bow Wow on Saturday, May 16, 10-2 for the Doggie-Palooza event. Pet Auto Safety.com will be there along with Animal Haven, tinkies, Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Spay and Neuter Kansas City, and The Pet Connection. There will be a Dog Kissing Booth where Suezanne Law with Sympawtico Dog Training, LLC will be on hand to show you how to teach your furry friend to Kiss on cue. There will also b food, fun, and more for you and your best friend!
Camp Bow Wow is located at 1150 W. 151st, Ste D, Olathe, KS 66061. Call 913-322-2267 for more information.
There are many kinds of dog safety harness brands. How do you know which is the best? The first thing you need to know is none of the dog safety harness brands on the market have been tested or approved by the auto safety division. However, most have been tested by the manufacturers by various methods – mainly by testing the strength of the dog safety harness. Since there is no universal testing method, there is no way to verify the claims of these manufacturers. However, any sort of dog safety harness you have for your dog is better than none at all.
There is a padded dog safety harness from Travelin’ Dog. One particular brand has a very strong metal clip which hangs from the harness and loops around the seat belt of the car. The benefit of this dog safety harness is that it is comfortable. However, the drawback is that the dog safety harness can not be used separately as just a harness because the metal clip is not detachable.
There is the dog safety harness made by Guardian Gear. A Guardian Gear dog safety harness has a detachable strap. One end of the strap clips to the harness part of the dog safety harness while the other end of the strap clips directly into the seat belt receptacle of most vehicles. However, the Guardian Gear dog safety harness does not provide any information as to the regards of their safety testing methods.
There is also the type of dog safety harness which has a clip-on loop in which the seat belt of the car goes through. One such brand is called the Tru-Fit Smart Harness made by Kurgo. This dog safety harness has been well tested. it has been safety tested in conjunction with the University of Ottowa and the metal hardware is designed to hold up to 2,000 pounds. The loop strap for this dog safety harness is detachable so that the harness can be used as a regular walking harness.