Ten Dog Safety Tips for Autumn

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The leaves are changing, the cool air is drifting in, and the dog days of summer are making way for a beautiful autumn. As the holiday season approaches, it's important to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe.


Here are my top ten tips for keeping your dog safe over the fall months:

  • Keep a collar and tags on your dog at all times. I recommend a PetHub tag for extra safety.
  • Don't leave your dog unattended outside, especially during the cold winter months.
  • Holidays usually mean lots of yummy food, but make sure you don't leave any food out on the counter within reach of your dog. Watch out for foods like chocolate, grapes, and raisins. If you have a counter-surfer, now is a good time to work on that behavior.
  • Your busy holiday season can take a toll on your dog. Make sure you get him out for regular walks and playtime despite your jam-packed schedule.
  • If you're planning on having guests over and have a dog that dashes when you open the door, teach him a "wait" cue.
  • Keep your dog indoors on Halloween night. It may be a fun holiday for the kids, but it can end up being one traumatic evening for a dog.
  • Don't forget your dog's monthly heartworm preventative; it's just as important in cooler weather.
  • Watch your dog carefully in the snow. The ice in the snow can tear up a dog's paws.
  • Put your kids' Halloween candy where your dog can't find it. That much chocolate could be seriously harmful to him if ingested.
  • Dressing up your dog might look cute, but it can really stress out even the most patient of dogs. Save the costumes for the kids.

Follow these tips and you're sure to have a fabulous fall with your four-legged friends!

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Positively Expert: Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the internationally acclaimed TV series, It’s Me or the Dog. A bestselling author, Stilwell frequently appears in the media as a pet expert and is widely recognized and respected as a leader in the field of animal behavior.


5 thoughts on “Ten Dog Safety Tips for Autumn

  1. Claire Lewis

    we have a 13 year old Irish setter cross who loves going in water but continuosly barks the whole
    time he is in the water. he was attacked as a pup and is still very dog aggressive
    we have tried all the tips from your tv show but he is not interested in
    toys and though he is able to be trained with treats at home he is
    totally disinterested in food on walks. we would appreciate any help. thank you.

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  4. Deborah

    Another Fall safety note -

    If you have mulch or compost piles - DO NOT let your dog in there. If your dog eats some of the composting\mulching pile it will likely become seriously ill or even die.

    I have a friend who lost 2 of her 3 dogs in less than a week as a result of the toxins in the delightfully stinky pile of compost\mulch.

    Fall is a beautiful and scary time of year....be careful and help your dog be safe too!

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