Sadly, summer is coming to an end and it’s time to make sure you and your pup are ready for fall. While we all enjoy the falling leaves and cooler temperatures, there are important items to consider when it comes to your pet. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the autumn months:
Refresh basic training. Many dogs have not been as active outdoors because of hot summer days, so make sure you and your four-legged friend practice some basic training. It is essential to give them a refresher on the “come” command – it could save your dog’s life.
Work up to longer walks. If you and your pup haven’t been on long walks in a while, be sure to build up their stamina before embarking on lengthy strolls. Start with shorter walks and build your way up to help your dog’s body adjust.
Watch out for toxic chemicals. Antifreeze, fertilizers and rodent killers are frequently used in the fall and can be deadly to your pet. If your pet does get into something, the ASPCA has a 24-hour animal poison control hotline at 888-426-4435.