6 Safety Tips For Dogs Living in the Country

Dogs love room to run. That’s why some of the best homes for them are out in the middle of nowhere.

If you’re living in the country you should definitely consider adopting a pup if you haven’t done so already. There are also extra dangers lurking out there, so keep these tips in mind when living the country life with your dog.

Get a Fence

Dogs need room to run off leash when they’re at home, but living in the country means you’re surrounded by bigger predators. You don’t want to walk out the door and find your pup has fallen prey to a hungry cougar. Fence in your property and keep the larger creatures at bay so your dog can play.

Keep a First Aid Kit

It’s not only the large pests you need to watch out for now, but also the smaller ones. Ticks, fleas and even skunks can put a damper on your pup’s day. Make sure you’re providing him with proper treatment to ward them off, but also have a kit on hand in case something slips through the cracks. Your kit should include items to help combat skunk smell and snake bites, as well as whatever else your vet might recommend.

Poisonous plants are also a risk, so make sure you walk your property on a regular basis to pull dangerous weeds and keep a close eye on your dog while out walking on trails.

Keep His Collar On

This advice actually applies no matter where you live, but you should definitely keep your dog’s collar on at all times when living in the country. If he escapes, there are far less people around to help you spot him and he’ll likely get further away before he’s found. An ID tag with your name and contact information could be the difference between reuniting with your pup and him being lost forever.

Apply Sunblock

It might sound silly, but your dog needs sunblock just as much as you. When living in the country there’s a good chance your dog will spend long days lounging in the yard and too much exposure can lead to sunburns and an increased risk of skin cancer. Apply pet safe sunblock to the tips of his ears and nose before letting him run loose.

Add Extra Water

It couldn’t hurt to add an extra water bowl outside in case your dog runs out during the day. Dogs who exercise more, as yours probably will with a bigger yard, require more water throughout the day. Keep an extra bowl on hand or learn to be more vigilant about checking his supply to keep him hydrated and avoid a vet visit.

Socialize Your Pup

Moving to the country will open up a whole new world of smells and creatures for your dog so it’s important to get him used to all the extra stimuli. If you let your dog loose and he comes across strange animals roaming around the property he might flip his lid with fear or excitement and get himself in trouble, or just annoy your neighbors will all the barking. Socialize your pet at a young age by having him interact with other animals in a safe environment so he knows it’s okay to see something strange.

©istockphoto/Matt Naylor

©istockphoto/Matt Naylor

Meet the Author: Ben Kerns

Ben Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego. When he’s not busy working you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with funding his outdoor obsessions for as little money as possible. This stuff gets expensive.

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