It’s that transitional time of the year again, where the dark chilly nights begin to become more and more frequent, taking over our once lovely and sunny evenings. And while we are still conducting our professional dog training in Surrey, there are some aspects of the changing season that you may want to consider when walking your furry friend this autumn.
Walking at Night
Night time lands quicker and quicker as the nights are getting darker so make sure you are prepared. Don’t be apprehensive about putting reflective gear on you and your dog, because a dog off the lead in the dark can not only be hard to find, but could cause an issue with cars whizzing around.
Fleas and Ticks
The perpetual bane of the dog walker, fleas and ticks don’t go anywhere during autumn. So while you may be of the understanding that these little blighters are a thing of the summer, don’t be! Make sure you are still checking your dog for irritations and ticks, because these seemingly innocuous pests can transmit Lyme Disease.
With the fading sunshine comes the dropping temperatures; make sure you aren’t leaving your dog outside for too long or unattended as they can begin to experience the same chills that you can. If it becomes an issue, then perhaps consider purchasing your pet a jumper to help keep them warm and cosy.
On that note, with Halloween around the corner, it is increasingly tempting to dress up your dog with a cute and entertaining costume, but don’t do so frivolously. These can be incredibly annoying to a dog and can stress them out, so maybe reconsider that Jason mask you bookmarked earlier in the year…
Bonfire Night may seem a while away but fireworks are becoming more and more readily available. Make sure you keep your dog close on such an occasion as when next door begin to set off their supply of fireworks early; dogs have no idea who Guy Fawkes was or why one would desire to explode the Houses of Parliament, so the experience is all a bit of a confusing blur.
Dogs are the most fun little tykes on the face of the planet, but they can be easily hampered by some of the dangers that autumn has to offer. It’s essential to keep an eye on your dog throughout the darker months because they love nothing more than getting themselves into mischief, and if there’s the potential to eat something they shouldn’t, they will, if they can vanish off somewhere where they shouldn’t, you best bet they’ll give it a good go!
Having a well behaved dog around the coming months is an absolute must if you don’t want to keep them on a lead constantly! Opening a door to trick or treaters, only to have pooch to make the most of the opportunity and run down your driveway, is a moment where you need command of your little buddy.
So if you would like to get your dog’s obedience in shape before the onset of winter, give us a call! You can contact us on 07734 447 812 where one of our friendly dog experts will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to meet your little pal and allow you both to enjoy the autumn and winter season.