I’m not exactly a city person; I admit it. I grew up in more of a rural area with occasional trips to suburbia if we ever felt like going shopping. That all changed when I went away to college. It wasn’t a major metropolitan area but it was a lot busier than anything I was used to experiencing.
The one thing I missed most about moving to the city was the company of my dog. Now I know many city dwellers have dogs and their pets couldn’t be happier. I’m just worried that Conway (my dog) wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving his nice big yard for sidewalks, crosswalks and dog parks. I found this neat article* written on the subject of caring for dogs in the city. Many of the writer’s suggestions were echoed by a few of my friends. I hope you find them as helpful as I did:
Our dogs are our best friends. Just take a second and think of the emotions and experiences that you share with your best friend. You may eat, laugh, and even live with your best friend. When it comes to the decision to move to a new location, you and your human best friend can communicate and find the perfect home that suits both of you.
But when it comes to your other best friend, (your dog) you may not know how to know that a new atmosphere will be good for them. One of the most difficult places to relocate, when you have a dog, is a big city. Bringing your dog to a new home in the city can prove for a very trying time.
Here are some types to keep your dog safe and happy in their new home.
- Make sure that there is a dog friendly haven somewhere near by - Whether it be a small yard, or a dog friendly park, make sure before moving with your current dog, or possibly a new one, that there is some type of outside area where it can run around safely and legally.
- Windows and doors are secure - A major city can be potentially dangerous for a dog. Between the high windows and crazy traffic, there are many dangerous hazards for an unsuspecting dog. That being said, it is really important to make sure that all of your windows and doors are secure. Also keep your dog leashed at all times when outside. You may realize those moving vehicles are dangerous but your dog may not, especially when he or she has never been exposed to the hustle and bustle of city streets.
- Crack is Whack! - No , no, NO! As tempting as it sounds do not leave your dog in the car (EVEN IF THE WINDOWS ARE CRACKED!), it is never ok for your dog to stay in a car, not matter what time of year. Just five minutes in a hot (or cold) car can become a dangerous situation, not to mention that there are also people that can break into your car and take your dog. So just don’t do it! Either bring your dog where ever you are going or keep them home!
These tips can help you make sure that you and your dog can get used to living in a big city. Safety and happiness are two things that week always want to give to our dog. They are also two things that can be easily insured to any dog. (Even city dogs! ) Just use common sense and keep your dog one of your biggest priorities!
*Published originally on Petsupplies.com