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5 Tips for Walking Your Dog Safely

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Walk Your Dog Where There's Minimal Wildlife

woman dog at dog park
Walk your dog at the dog park. They're fenced in and keep out other wild critters. Alex Potemkin/Getty Images

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Years ago, my English setter mix, McBeal, and I were on a lovely walk when she caught sight of a squirrel. Now, McBeal was never a friend of wildlife (she hated hot air balloons, too). She bolted up a wooded hill and out of my sight. I didn't have a good grip on the leash, which in retrospect was a good thing. She pulled so hard I might have dislocated my shoulder. Regardless, I found her off the trail within a couple of minutes. Two hours later, lost, and bewildered (at least I was), we found the trailhead and motored back home. Moral of the story: Don't walk your dog where wildlife abounds.

Consider a dog park; they're good places to walk your dog. Many are fenced in, which keeps unwanted critters out.

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