It’s a great time to be a pet owner — more cities and locations are becoming dog-friendly every day. At the same time, it’s up to us to take the necessary precautions to keep our dogs safe when they’re out in the world. To help, we’ve put together our best tips for keeping your pet safe outside of your home.
When it comes to keeping your dog safe in the great big world, first consider the type of place you’ll be taking them. Let’s explore some of the most common places you might take your best buddy.
First, make sure your dog has been to the vet for the appropriate medications, vaccinations and checkups. You’ll also need a leash, some water and a little luck for some good weather.
Alright, you’ve got the necessities. Now what? You’ll also want to bring your dog’s best behavior. A well-trained and socialized dog will stay safe in most situations, because you can count on them to act appropriately and respond to your commands. Don’t underestimate the power of brushing up on your “come” and “sit” commands, as well as giving your dog plenty of supervised opportunities to safely interact with other pets. The dog park can be an excellent chance to practice these behaviors and lead to more successful outings in the future.
If you’re heading to a pet-friendly store, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with any rules and guidelines they may have. Check their website or call ahead to make sure you know what to expect. Based on the location, you may need a certain length of leash, only be allowed to bring certain dog breeds, or need your dog to have a certain type of training. In any case, have a plan for how to manage your dog if they approach, or are approached by, other people’s pets.
If you’re at a restaurant, it’s a good idea to bring some of your dog’s food or treats, as well as their favorite chew toy. Keeping them full and occupied might prevent them from begging for table scraps or searching for dropped morsels.
If you’re planning to travel in the car with your dog, start small and build up to your big adventure. Take regular drives together, gradually increasing the distance to help your dog get used to being in the car. Remember to bring plenty of water and food, depending on how long you’ll be gone. You’ll also want to keep the inside of the car cool so your dog doesn’t overheat. And remember: it’s never safe to leave your dog unattended in a car.
Regardless of where you’re taking your buddy, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case something unfortunate happens. You’ve probably heard of how microchips can help locate a lost or stolen dog, but you may not know about another technology that can help.
It’s called NOSEiD. Your dog’s noseprint is one of a kind, just like a human fingerprint. By downloading our app and scanning your dog’s nose, anyone who finds your dog will have a faster, simpler way to reunite the two of you. It’s a great way to keep your dog safe while traveling. Give it a try!
How much do you know about the food you’re buying for your puppy? When shopping for puppy food, pay attention to these three sections of a dog food label.
This section lists all the ingredients that make up the product. The ingredients are listed in descending order according to weight before cooking. In dry food, look for a source of high-quality animal-based protein: chicken or lamb, for example. Dogs thrive on animal proteins.
Manufacturers who use large amounts of vegetable proteins might be saving money by providing basic — but not optimal — nutrition. You should also avoid artificial colors and flavors, which offer no nutritional benefits.
Near the ingredient panel should be a chart of percentages called the "guaranteed analysis." These figures reveal the basic nutrient makeup of the dog food's formula and protein content. The minimum percentages of protein and fat and the maximum percentages of fiber and moisture (water) should be listed.
This information must be included on the label by law. A toll-free number or web address for the manufacturer may also be listed. Manufacturers who list a phone number, such as IAMS™, generally have a high-quality product and welcome consumer calls and questions. If you would like information about IAMS products, visit our website or call us toll-free at 800-525-4267.