With summer just around the corner, the well-being of our pets is a priority. Because of this, as temperatures rise, these dog walking safety tips are a handy resource for seasoned or new pet owners. Naturally, spending quality time outdoors with our pets is an opportunity to bond and enjoy everything nature has to offer. We sat down with our Trupanionpet program manager, J. Marmol, to learn more about dog walking safety tips and how to keep our best friends protected throughout the seasons.
Seven dog walking safety tips to consider
1. Time your walks
With warmer temperatures already here, it is incredibly important to time your walks according to the temperature. For example, consider taking an early morning or early evening walk, as the temperature is typically cooler during that time period. Additionally, “to avoid over-heating, shorten the dog walk and consider other options than dog walk when it’s over 75 degrees. Depending on the dog, that might be too warm,” says on-site Trupanion pet program manager, J. Marmol.
2. Proper hydration
Hydration is absolutely essential not only for your pet’s well-being but yours as well. Consider keeping water handy for you and your furry friend while you’re on the walk. Also, keeping accessible water with you on the walk could prevent over-heating. For instance, a portable water bottle is a great way for you and your furry friend to stay refreshed!
3. Be cautious of off-leash dogs
As we get closer to the summer season, more people are out and about enjoying the warmer weather. With that being said, be mindful of off-leash dogs. Naturally, no pet owner wants their pet to experience an altercation with another dog. Additionally, although your pup might be friendly, you never know how another dog will respond to yours.
4. Scan your environment
If you are walking in an area you are not familiar with, stay mindful of factors that could affect the safety of your pet. For instance, cars, children, and loud noises are additional stimuli that might affect your pet’s mental state. Also, when traveling with pets, crowded areas can trigger stress and anxiety for some pups, so be mindful of the activity level in your area.
5. Beware of debris
Summer season is a great time for festivals, picnics, bar-be-ques, and family events! Because of this, you might encounter debris on your walk that is not the norm. Consider scanning the ground for fragments, so your furry friend doesn’t indulge in a mystery treat!
6. Monitor your dog’s behavior
A necessary dog walking safety tip is to monitor your pet’s behavior on the walk. Unsurprisingly, there are many factors that can affect your pet’s behavior. For instance, a new environment, warm weather, or eating a foreign object could change how they typically act. Take into consideration your pup’s age, weight, and any medications they might be on before taking a long adventurous walk.
7. Check your pup’s paws
Consider the type of terrain you walk on and how it will affect your pups, especially when traveling. Naturally, hot summers can mean hot pavement for your furry friends. Unfortunately, sandy beaches, hiking trails, and hot pavement can result in a paw pad injury. Consider keeping a small pet first aid kit with you while walking to avoid any injuries. Further, Marmol weighs in on protecting your dog’s paws:
“Due to the sensitivity of your dog’s paws, consider getting shoes or boots for your dog. Proper footwear ensures safety,” points out Marmol.
Dog walking safety tips: for the health and happiness of your best friend
Dog walking safety tips help protect your dog on their walk and gives you the peace of mind so you can enjoy the time with your best friend. So get out, get moving, and have fun on your next dog walk!
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.