How would you like to take your dog with you everywhere you go?

How would you like to take your dog with you everywhere you go?

It’s natural to want your dog to join you on trips out of the house. But before you start taking your dog everywhere you go, you need to prepare. Here’s what responsible dog owners need to do to keep their dogs safe and well-mannered in public.

Know Where You Shouldn't Go

Public places have become increasingly dog friendly as our pets become more important in our lives. But it’s not always appropriate to let your dog come along. Except for trained service dogs, dogs shouldn’t accompany you to grocery stores or food-service establishments. The exceptions are restaurants with patio seating that specifically permit dogs.

Even if certain places allows dogs, it’s not necessarily a good environment for your pet. Before bringing your dog along, ask yourself if he’s likely to enjoy the setting. A dog-friendly bar might sound like a great time to you, but to your dog it could be over stimulating.

Before choosing to bring your dog, make sure you plan properly. Otherwise, you could end up in a situation where you’re at a non-pet-friendly business with nowhere to put your dog. It’s better to leave your dog at home than tie her in front of a shop or leave him in the car on a hot day.

Use the Right Gear

Use the Right Gear

Taking your dog along with you requires more than a leash and collar. To keep you both safe and happy on the go, make sure you’re equipped with these necessities:

  • Leash or stroller: Purchase a leash no longer than six feet to abide by leash laws. Elderly or disabled pets may prefer to get around via stroller.
  • Collar or harness: A leash won’t do much good without something to attach it to. While collars are popular, consider a harness for added comfort and security.
  • Identification: Even the most obedient dogs could get loose if you get in a car accident or another unexpected scenario. Have your dog wear an ID tag with contact information and implant a microchip for added protection.
  • Portable bowls: Carry collapsible bowls to keep your dog hydrated on the go. And of course, pack fresh water so you can refill as needed. If you’ll be away from home for long, bring food too.
  • Doggy bags: No explanation needed. Attach a roll to your dog’s leash so you never forget bags.
  • Car seat covers: Unless you want dirty paw prints and fur all over your car seats, use seat covers to keep your car clean.
  • Car restraint: Unrestrained dogs are at risk of serious injury or death in the event of a car accident. According to the Center for Pet Safety, the safest options for canine passengers are harness seat belts or crash-tested crates secured to the vehicle.
Train Your Dog

Train Your Dog

No amount of gear can stop a poorly trained dog from misbehaving in public. Before you start taking your dog everywhere you go, it’s important to train for public manners.

These are skills your dog should be trained in before you go out in public:

  • Loose-leash walking: No one enjoys walking a dog that pulls, and pulling makes dogs appear aggressive to strangers. Practice this skill in your neighborhood before heading to town.
  • Heeling: Heeling takes loose-leash walking up a notch. When your dog lets you take the lead, you can respond to unexpected situations before your pet is affected.
  • Greeting without jumping: For polite introductions, teach your dog to sit when meeting someone new.
  • Impulse control: If you don’t want your dog to lunge at other dogs, grab dinner off the table, or take off after a small animal, you need to train impulse control.

These are such great reminders that the best lessons in life can come from the most unexpected places.

Lesson #1: It’s Okay Sometimes To Just Eat and Sleep

Lesson #2: When You Fall Down Get Back Up, Shake It Off, Forget About It, and Go On

Lesson #3: Be Very Brave No Matter Your Size

Lesson #4: Make Your Own Fun

Lesson #5: Unleash Your Talents

Lesson #6: Learn New Tricks No Matter What Your Age

Lesson #7: Make New Friends

Lesson #8: Sniff Out Opportunities

Lesson #9: Chase After Your Dreams

Lesson #10: When Loved Ones Come Home Always Run To Greet Them

Lesson #11: At the End of the Day It Is Best To Snuggle No Matter What Has Happened

Lesson #12: Every Day Is A Brand New Day So Just Be Happy!