Dogs are our best friends, our lifelines and basically our everything. What more of an excuse do you need to take every precaution necessary to keep your pup safe and healthy? We have a couple of ideas that can help for your Safety 101 checklist!
Back Up Collars!
When you’re out walking with your pooch, what would you do if your pet slipped out of their collar or their harness broke? These things can happen to the best of us, even after we have properly checked that the clips and buckles are on properly. An easy way to avoid a life endangering situation is to back up the collar or harness! You can do this with a simple carabiner or safety clip. Have an extra collar with ID tags on your pet and attach your usual collar or harness to it.
There are several different types of collars and harnesses out there, so remember to look up the safest way to attach the two together. This ensures that your pup will be comfortable and safe.
Here is an example of a collar and harness:
A Martingale Collar: Place a standard collar on your dog. Attach a carabiner or safety strap to the big O ring on the standard collar, then attach it to the O ring on the martingale that the leash does not attach to.
An Easy Walk Harness: Place a standard collar on your dog. Attach a carabiner or safety strap to the big O ring on the standard collar, then attach it to any part of the harness except the O ring that the leash attaches to.
Another idea to keep your pet safe are wearable trackers and collars! These can monitor activity levels and GPS locations to ensure you always know where your pet it. Make sure to do your research to determine which one is the best fit for you and your pooch!
Here are 4 examples of trackers that some people around Toronto are using today:
Whistle: This tracker tracks and translates behaviour, activity, location wellness and more. It helps you understand your pet’s health and keep tabs on where they are.
YoPets: Keep up to date with your pet’s activities in real-time and get notifications if your pet has ventured off to far (a virtual fence).
Tractive: You can check in on your dog’s fitness and activity levels with this tracker. They are also offering to see how they compare with similar dogs and for you to set goals for your pooch. Location history and heatmap is offered for you to see your pup’s favourite places.
AirTag: This tracker wasn’t specifically made for dogs, but it can still be used as a tracker. It’s simple and might be just what you were looking for.