5 Tips for Walking Your Dog Safely


Get the Right Collar

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Choosing the right collar or harness for your dog can help keep both you and him safe. Artur Debat/Getty Images

Make sure your dog is wearing the appropriate harness or collar for his or her weight. When using a collar, make sure it fits properly. It needs to be snug, but not too snug. You don't want your pet slipping out of it.

Some people choose to harness their dogs. It's not a bad idea, and harnesses are comfortable to wear. Front-clip harnesses are better than those that clip in the back. A back-clip harness offers little control. Harnesses are better than collars if your dog has a respiratory problem. There's no pressure around the tracheal area with a harness.

And never walk in the street if a sidewalk is available. If you have to walk in the road, do so facing traffic. This will help you see oncoming cars and avoid other hazards. If you are walking in the road, keep your dog to your left and out of traffic. It's a simple way to keep you and your friends safe.

Learn more about walking your dog in "Zen and the Art Of Dog Walking" by G. Ray Sullivan Jr. HowStuffWorks picks related titles based on books we think you'll like. Should you choose to buy one, we'll receive a portion of the sale.