Life’s not always easy for a big city dog.
Country canines often have the choice to run free, while city dogs rely on their busy owners, or dog walkers, to get the stimulation and exercise that they need.
Dogs are extremely sociable and curious animals by nature so the hustle and bustle of the city provides plenty of new and exciting opportunities. Trouble is, many aspects of urban living can also present problems for them.
Whether you’re heading off to live in a sprawling metropolis sometime soon, or you’re already there, check out these top tips for a happy and healthy life in the big city with your canine companion:
1. Tag your dog’s collar with an updated name, phone number and email - Losing your dog in the big city is a terrifying experience. Add your contact details to his collar to provide the best chance of finding him.
2. Get active with your dog - Finding an activity where your dog can run around and blow off steam is critical for their overall health and well being. City dwelling dogs are much happier and function a lot better, both physically and psychologically, when they enjoy an active lifestyle. From jogging to swimming, there are plenty of ways to workout with your buddy.
3. Socialize with other dogs – Dog socialization is key to helping your dog become comfortable in new situations. If you’ve got friends that also have pooches, arrange a meet up and walk your dogs together. Even if you don’t know anyone, you can always head to the local dog lover haunts so he’ll get the chance to mingle with his own kind.
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