So you have decided that your dog will walk on the street and get to know the world. For walks to be safe, comfortable and bring positive emotions to both of you, it is essential to prepare in advance.
We advise you to pay attention to four key points.
Treatment for ticks and fleas three days before going outside
Your pet will be happy to bask on the grass, explore new places and meet other animals. You can not guarantee the sterility and cleanliness of the street, but you can protect the dog from fleas and ticks. This is especially important in the period from April to October when the tick season begins.
Our experts tested the following drugs:
For small puppies up to 5 months - Bayer Foresto collar. It is comfortable and light; the dog quickly gets used to it and stops noticing. It is vital to wear the collar all the time and not to take it off even at home. Term of protection is up to 8 months.
For puppies aged 5 months and weighing more than 1.3 kg - Simparica chewable tablets against fleas and ticks. The effect of the pill lasts for at least 5 weeks.
For adult dogs weighing more than 2 kg - Bravecto chewable tablets against fleas and ticks. They are delicious, easy to chew, and usually, the dog thinks it's a treat. One tablet protects for 3 months.
We do not recommend using drops on the skin: their effectiveness decreases sharply after contact with water. The dogs need to be bathed every 10 days, so the functionality of such protection is questionable.
Convenient ammunition and acquaintance with a brace
Often the puppy at the first walk protests against a collar or a harness. It can lie on its side and show that it does not like such treatment with all its appearance.
To do without such a show, introduce the puppy to the harness before the first exit to the yard. Let it get used to wearing it at home gradually - first 5, then 10 minutes and so on for half an hour. Leave the harness while feeding, so the puppy will definitely not mind wearing it. When the first protest against the harness is over, fasten the leash, walk around the room with your pet.
When you see that your baby is used to this accessory, you can go for a walk.
Adaptation of the dog to the street
On the street, the dog encounters a lot of new sounds, smells, people, animals - it can scare him. Therefore, we advise you to make the first walks short and near your home. Choose a quiet place, give your pet a look back, talk to him kindly so that he feels your support. After a while, move a short distance and call the dog to you. So gradually, the radius of walks will expand.
Clothes for walks
When it is cool outside, or there’s light rain, it is better to walk the dog in a warm waterproof jumpsuit. So your pet will enjoy the walk and will not catch a cold.
During walks, there may be moments when your dog lies on its side, refuses to walk, huddles at your feet. This is a signal that it feels danger or is tired. In this case, do not try to pull it by the leash or encourage it with commands. Rather sit next to it, pet the dog, talk to it or take it in your arms.
Be kind to your dog, and it will learn everything. Enjoy your walks!