7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog From Getting Hit by a Car
Nothing is more devastating than losing a pet, but accidents do happen and there is often nothing you can do to stop them. Though you can’t sway the hand of fate, there are certain things you can do to minimize your dog’s risk for his own protection. Here are seven easy things you can do to help prevent your dog from getting hit by a car – keep reading to find out what they are.
How to Keep Your Dog from Getting Hit by a Car
As a dog owner, you are responsible for your dog’s safety. Here are some simple tips to follow to prevent your dog from running out into the street and getting hit by a car:
- Teach your dog to sit before going out the door. You can achieve this by giving him the “Sit” command before you open the door – just be sure to do it every time you take him outside and reward him for responding correctly.
- Always put your dog on a leash before you take him outside. This primarily applies to the times when you take your dog out the front door – you may not need a leash for the back door if your backyard is fenced.
- Check your fence regularly to make sure it is in good repair – this is especially important after a violent storm.
- Have your dog spayed or neutered to reduce the desire to roam. Intact male dogs are particularly insistent about getting out of the yard if they know that a female in heat is nearby.
- Teach your dog to come when called and work with him often to reinforce this command. If your dog happens to run out the front door, you should be able to call him back to you.
- Always know where your dog is before you open the door and make sure every member of your family does the same.
- Consider having your front yard fenced if you live near a busy street and if local ordinances allow it.
What to Do if Your Dog Gets Hit
As careful as you might be with your dog, accidents do happen. In the event that your dog does get hit by a car, you need to handle the situation very carefully. The first thing you should do is approach your dog with caution – a dog in pain may react unpredictably and you don’t want to add your own injuries to the list. If your dog remains calm, approach and assess the damage. If it is safe and possible to do so without risking further injury, move your dog carefully away from the road. If there is someone nearby to help you, carefully load your dog into the car and transport him to the nearest emergency vet, wrapping him in a towel or blanket to keep him warm in the meantime.
There is nothing more terrifying than watching your dog get hit by a car and not being able to do anything to stop it. If you value your dog’s health and safety, you’ll do your part as a responsible dog owner to protect him. In the event that the worst should happen, however, you should be prepared to take the necessary actions to get your dog the care he needs.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
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