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Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Safe  

Chaining a dog - "An outside dog has an address, not a home"

We do not recommend chaining a dog. A chained animal may become frustrated which can lead to destructive and/or aggressive behavior.  We offer an informational brochure for an explanation of why dogs should not be chained.

There are some excellent alternatives to chaining your dog:

  • Provide a securely fenced yard along with a dog house for protection from the elements.
  • Bring your dog indoors if you are not home to supervise it.
  • Provide a dog run with a dog house inside the run.
  • Take your dog for a walk to provide exercise.

We also offer an informational brochure on additional ideas for safely confining your dog.

Loud Noise Fear

Fearful responses to thunderstorms, Fourth of July fireworks and other loud noises often involve escape attempts which result in destructive behavior. In these cases doors, door frames, window trip, screens and walls are often damaged. These problems can be especially dangerous, because excessively fearful dogs may injure themselves attempting to break through windows or doors to escape a feared situation.

You can try to create a safe place for your dog to go to when it hears the noises which frighten it, whether you are there or not. Remember, this must be a safe location from your dog’s perspective, not necessarily yours. If the fearful behavior continues, consult your veterinarian for assistance. 

Is the bed of a pick-up truck the safest place for your dog to ride?

There is no law against transporting your dog in the bed of your pick-up truck in Mesa County. However, you are required to safely transport your animals. In rural areas or on farm property, it can make sense. However, on busy roads, it can put the public and your dog in danger........

“When the pickup hit that bump it was all I could do to keep from swerving and hitting other cars when the dog went flying out of the truck in front of me.”

It has been estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die each year when tossed from pickup trucks. For your dog's safety, don't let it ride in the back of an open pick-up truck unless safely tethered or confined.

There are several ways to make a pick-up bed safe for your canine friend:

  • Buy a topper for the truck bed. Your dog can ride in an enclosed truck bed and be protected from road and wind hazards.
  • Install a easy to build cross-tethering system. This is cheap and easy to accomplish by fastening a rope on each side of the truck with a short leash attached in the middle for the dog. Make sure the leash is short enough to keep the dog from reaching the sides or rear of the truck bed. If the leash is too long the dog could fall from the truck bed and be choked or dragged.
  • For more information view our educational brochure called "The Ride". 

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