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5 Things You Need To Know About Your Dog

5 Things You Need To Know About Your Dog

For new owners and long-time pup parents alike, these are the top 5 things you need to know to keep your canine friend safe and happy!

Basic Commands and training

Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, these few commands are important for making your life easier, but more importantly, for keeping your pet safe. The key to teaching commands is encouragement and regular practice! The basic commands are sit, stay, come here and no. Head over to our older blog to find out how to teach these tricks.

Walking Safely In The Dark

Throughout Fall and Winter, daily walks often occur in the dark, which means you need to be extra cautious.

Make sure you’re visible – you can get flashing accessories, like a light-up collar or a reflective harness so your dog can always be spotted. Make sure you also wear some reflective clothing, too!

Keep your dog on the leash for most of the walk, especially when you’re near traffic or other people.

And don’t take new or unfamiliar roots in the dark!

Knowing What’s Toxic

Not sure what your dog can and can’t eat? Head over to our blog to find out more about the foods you should avoid, before you give in to those puppy dog eyes.

Traveling?

Traveling can be tricky for some dogs, especially if they suffer with anxiety or from motion sickness. But the following tips should make traveling with your pup more manageable and fun:

1. First trip in a car

Make sure that the first few trips in the car are a fun adventure so that they associate car travels with something positive! Drive them somewhere for a long walk and remember to bring treats along for good behavior in the car, too.

2. Long car trips

A crate is the safest way to drive with your dog. Try and get your dog familiar with the crate by bringing it into the house and allowing them to associate it with something positive.

3. Exercise

It’s always a good idea to take your dog for a really long walk before a car journey so that they’re tired out by then end! This means they’re more likely to relax on the car journey.

4. Feeding schedule

Try to avoid feeding your dog right before the car ride to prevent them from needing the toilet throughout the journey!

5. What to pack

Water, toys, blanket and treats for good behavior!

Safety Kit

Emergency vet contact info

It’s always good to know where the nearest 24 hours vets is, and always important to microchip your dog and include the essential contact information (phone number, address etc) on their collar.

Gauze and non-stick bandages

Useful in case of any cuts and other wounds, and make sure they’re dog-friendly bandages.

GPS tracker

If your dog has a tendancy to run off (and even if they don’t) make sure you can find where they are! A tractive GPS light is very easy to use and can sync directly to your iPhone!