5 Essential Tips for Taking Your Dog Out in Public
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Friends, meet Frankie! She’s the newest addition to our dog family and believe me when I say she has an appetite for life! We love to take her out on the town but we have definitely learned some things along the way about how to take your dog out in public. The more you know, the smoother the transition will be from home to public place, trust me. This will enrich your life and your dog’s life, especially if you have such a fun-loving dog like Frankie!
Frankie was introduced to my family’s life almost a year ago. She was a puppy then but grew so fast! She’s under two year’s old right now but is almost full grown. She still acts like a puppy though which is so much fun. She’s full of energy and we love to take her out and about. This is a new thing for my family – we have a huge back yard so we never had to take our dogs out for walks or give them some space to run. Frankie is such a looker though that we love to show her off and give her more experience out on the town. It helps to socialize her with people and other dogs.
I’ve grown up with pet dogs all of my life. My first dog, Homer, was with me since I was born and looked after me and my brother whenever we were playing in the back yard. We also grew up around other dogs – every summer we would go to Mexico for a few weeks. I remember always seeing stray dogs in our neighborhood and my heart would go out to them. I was the kid that wished she could bring home every animal. Naturally I couldn’t, but it always made me want to take care of my own dogs even more.
My parents gave us a lot of responsibility when it came to our pets. We were expected to feed them and clean up after them. I think doing this as a kid taught me how to properly care for my pets in the future but also taught me a lot about how to care for another life, as well as responsibility. I love my parents for that, even though I didn’t always love it as a child, hehe!
Frankie is usually very good when we take her out in public but not always. Let me share with you my tips on taking your dog out of your home. Like I said, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Some of this may seem like common sense but it could also serve as a good reminder.
5 Essential Tips to Taking Your Dog Out in Public
- Prepare ahead of time. Be sure to bring what your pet will need, like a water bowl, water, treats or snacks, and bags to pick up waste. Also make sure your harness and/or leash is in good working order.
- Socialize your dog. Get your dog used to being around other humans or animals in your home setting. Trying to get them used to other people and animals out in public can be a very overwhelming and overstimulating experience for your dog. They are already being bombarded by a bevvy of new smells and sights.
- Do Your Research. This may be a no-brainer but choose dog-friendly places. Some restaurants and pet stores allow dogs outside, some do not. There are apps you can use to find dog-friendly places but even Yelp lets you filter to see if dogs are allowed. Try fun places for your dog too like dog parks or dog beaches.
- Be the pet parent. Ok, we know you brought the water bowl but don’t forget to put it out. Water and food bowls are important when you’re out and about. You want your dog to always have access to water and to earn treats or snacks for good behavior.
- Use caution. Keep your dog on a leash unless you are specifically in a no-leash area (like a dog park). Keep an eye on your dog in public, especially around other people, like children, the elderly, or other pets. Dogs can be unpredictable when startled or in new environments.
If you do these tips, you and your dog will have an amazing time! A great snack to bring with you out and about is Beneful Originals with Real Beef or Beneful Originals with Real Chicken. Beneful’s first ingredient is meat so you know it’s helping fuel your pet’s appetite for life. With real meat as the #1 ingredient and quality ingredients, Beneful is style: an appetite for life, adventurous and loving companion. Plus, there’s no sugar added to Beneful AND they offer a money back guarantee to ensure satisfaction. Choosing Beneful means choosing quality and expressing it as a lifestyle.
I found my Beneful Originals with Real Beef and Beneful Originals with Real Chicken at my local Target. It’s a great place to stock up on supplies for taking your dog out on the go. Check the dog food aisle for Beneful Originals.