Hunting season is about to begin, and across the country hunters are grabbing their rifles and hitting the great outdoors in order to get that great buck this year. For pet owners, it is a time of year to remain vigilant especially when allowing dogs to go in and out of the house for exercise and bathroom breaks. The following tips will help dog owners keep their precious pups safe during this time of year when accidents are more likely to happen.
- First and foremost, it is important that pet owners research hunting seasons in their local area. According to Perfect Puppy Care, knowledge about what is happening in their area is one of the best ways to keep pets safe. Even people who live in a suburban area should recognize when certain hunting seasons begin and end.
- It is inevitable that a dog will have to go outside to relieve itself or simply run around. Owners should make sure to keep an eye on their dog, even if it can go in and out of the house on its own through a pet door. Make sure to check on the pet frequently to maximize pet safety. This is important to do whether a yard is fenced or not fenced in.
- Many pet owners have dogs that also accompany them on hunting trips. Bay Animal Hospital recommends that hunters keep a safety collar and vest on their dogs, along with proper identification. Some local ordinances require dogs to be on leashes when they are not participating in a hunt.
- When seeking out a trail or park during hunting season, pet owners should take their dogs only to areas where hunting is prohibited. It is not a good idea to hike along a trail in a hunting zone, as an accident can easily happen. Many communities require hikers to keep their dogs on leashes, even if they are not in a designated hunting area, as it is best for the animals’ safety and the safety of others.
Whether a person lives in an area that has a deer hunting season or a duck hunting season, it is important that everyone takes extra measures to keep their pets safe from harm. No one is out to intentionally hurt a pet, but people are hunting with dangerous weapons and accidents do happen. Owners should monitor their dogs’ outdoor activity closely and invest in a bright orange safety vest so hunters can easily spot pets. A safety vest will allow an owner to still enjoy time outdoors with his or her pets without having to worry about tragedy striking.