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It’s easy to dog-proof your home. Most of us carry this out before even bringing a puppy back. A lot of it is common sense: don’t leave loose wires about, keep medication up and out of the way in a locked cupboard, don’t leave bars of chocolate in reach. But sadly, you can’t guarantee that everyone else will be so canine aware. When you leave your home with your dog, it is your responsibility to ensure their safety. Here are a few precautionary measures you might like to consider taking.

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Harnesses and Leads

Always keep your dog on a lead when you leave the house. Even if your pet is well trained and will walk at your heel, harnesses and leads are an essential. Firstly, you never know how someone else’s dog might behave. You may have to pull your dog away at any time. Secondly, your dog might see a squirrel or cat and take chase. Thirdly, something could spook your pooch, which could result in them bolting across the roads or out of sight.

Muzzles

If your dog is liable to snap, or may be entering a stressful or uncomfortable situation, then invest in a good quality muzzle. This isn’t only essential for other people’s or dogs’ safety. It’s for your dog’s wellbeing too. Basket style muzzles are great for active dogs, as they allow them to pant freely when exercising.

Seat belts

You wouldn’t drive your car without putting your seatbelt on. You also wouldn’t pull off without ensuring that any children on board are clipped in. So why should your dog be any different? Most people won’t even consider a dog seat belt, but if you take your pooch out in the car, they’re an absolute essential. Most varieties can simply fasten onto the back of your pet’s harness. They will keep your pet in one place and help towards protecting them if you happen to get into any accidents. Never leave your dog unattended in any vehicle.

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Supervision

Never leave your dog unattended in general. It’s as simple as that. You might think there’s no problem with leaving your dog tied to a post outside of the pub while you pop in for a pint. Or tying them up outside the corner shop while you go in for a few minutes to pick up essentials. But dog theft is at an all-time high. When in public, never take your eyes off your pet.

Look Out For Glass

We walk over sharp objects regularly every day. But we don’t notice at all. Why? Because when we leave the house, we protect ourselves by putting shoes on. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you force your pup to wear shoes. But you should keep a lookout for any broken glass on the floor in areas where you are walking. Dogs have tough paws which can deal easily with all sorts of hard or rough terrain. But glass can cause wounds, which could need veterinary attention and cause them pain when they walk.

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