Dogs are man's best friends: they provide unconditional love and loyalty, and they also bring joy into our lives every day. This, in turn, means it is important that we as owners do all that we can to keep our dogs safe and happy. If you want to take care of your furry pal, then you'll need some essential items - and this is especially important if you plan to trek or hike together.
Below, we took a closer look at the essential items you will need to keep your dog safe on the trail and ensure that the love and bond between the two of you last for a lifetime.
- A Good Quality Lead
A good quality lead is essential when out walking, and this is particularly important if you may be in a busy space, or around livestock such as sheep or cows. With the right lead, you will be able to handle any situation that may arise while out walking with your dog.
Choosing the right lead for your dog will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The size of your dog
- How much your dog weighs
- What kind of terrain you are likely to encounter
- Whether you have a long-haired or short-haired dog
The most common type of lead used by dog walkers is called a retractable lead. This is because it allows you to control how far away from you your dog is, and also gives you more freedom to move around.
The length of the lead should be long enough so that you can easily reach your dog, but not too long that it becomes cumbersome and risks tripping either of you as you move. You should also make sure that the lead does not become tangled up in anything, which could cause injury to both you and your dog.
If you're planning to go hiking with your dog, then you should consider purchasing a harness instead of a lead. A harness will allow you to carry your dog securely without having to worry about getting tangled up in things. It also provides better protection against falls than a lead would.
If you're going to be using a harness, then you'll need to choose one that fits properly. There are different types of harnesses available, ranging from simple ones that clip onto your dog's collar, to those that attach directly to their body. The latter are often preferred by experienced hikers who want to avoid tangling themselves up in knots.
- Dog ID Tag
Another essential item for keeping your dog safe is a dog tag and a microchip. These tags come in many shapes and sizes, depending on what information you want to include on them. However, the most important thing to remember is that you should always get a tag made specifically for your dog.
This way, you'll know exactly where your dog belongs, and you won't have to worry about losing him. In addition, you can use the tag to identify your dog if he gets lost, and many vets will have alert systems set up to help you locate a lost dog, reducing the chance of theft. This is why microchips are also important; even if someone removes your dog's tag, they cannot remove his chip.
- Adjustable Collar
An adjustable collar is another useful accessory for keeping your dog safe. If your dog starts to pull on the leash, then you can adjust the collar to stop him doing so. This prevents your dog from pulling you off balance, and ensures you don't fall over, in addition to keeping your dog safe by preventing him from running into traffic or other hazards.
A slip collar is a popular type of adjustable collar, and these are usually made of leather or nylon. They work by tightening around the neck of your dog, stopping him from pulling on the lead. Slip collars are ideal for smaller breeds of dog, as they tend to struggle with larger collars.
- Rain Jacket
A quality rain jacket is another essential item that helps to keep your dog safe, and this is particularly important if you are planning to hike. Rain jackets are designed to protect your dog from the elements, such as wind, cold, and wetness.
They also provide extra warmth, making it easier for your dog to stay comfortable when out walking. When choosing a rain jacket, look for one that has been tested for waterproofing, and ensure it is suitable for your dog's size.
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Keeping your canine companion safe is the very least that you must do - and we have everything you need to meet this responsibility. Check out our extensive range of dog collars & leads, jackets, harnesses and more, and choose the perfect pick for your pooch.