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Our Best Tips for Canine Safety

By Callie Leahy 8.25.15

They don’t call dogs a man’s best friend for nothing. Your four-legged friend means the world to you, and you’d do anything to keep his tail wagging year-round. To help you maintain your dog’s health and happiness, we’ve rounded up our top tips on pet care and safety — and even a few on how to be a good human.

  • Leash your dog at all times when outside. Even in rural parts of the state, you can find leash laws and prohibitions on allowing animals to roam freely.
  • Be a student of your dog. Watch for signs of your dog’s anxiety or apprehension, and either avoid situations that cause this behavior or ease your dog into them slowly.
  • Vacuum weekly, paying particular attention to the areas underneath beds and furniture, behind curtains, and along hallways.
  • Avoid the areas where fleas typically reside. This includes tall grass and shaded areas such as under trees and bushes, in doghouses, and under porches and decks.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. Dogs are three times more likely to bite if not “fixed”.
  • Keep liability at bay by teaching dog safety. Remind your friends, family members, and young children to always:
    • Approach a dog slowly and from where it can see you
    • Ask permission to pet someone else’s dog
    • Report dog bites or unusual canine behavior to an adult right away
    • Avoid approaching stray dogs
    • Pet dogs gently
    • And most important, always let a dog that doesn’t know you sniff your hand before trying to pet it

For more tips on keeping your pet happy and healthy throughout the year, visit our blog at blog.txfb-ins.com