Health & Safety

The ASPCA has a Poison Control Center (go to https://www.aspca.org/news/what-expect-when-calling-aspca-animal-poison-control-center) along with an online page discussing common dog diseases.

Equipment

Muzzle Up Project is a great resource for anyone considering a muzzle for their dog. The site includes info on how to train your dog to be comfortable in a muzzle. Some good reasons for muzzles are:

  • Dogs who eat rocks, socks, or other non-food items that can be toxic or cause expensive and life-threatening surgeries.
  • Dogs who are nervous of other dogs, and the muzzle is a great visual cue letting people know your dog needs space.

Body Harness I always recommend a body harness with a double attachment, front and back. My favorite brand is the Balance Harness from https://www.blue-9.com/balance-harness. One of the reasons for my recommendation is that it provides the best fit for the most dogs. No bulky padded front, lots of adjustment options, and they offer a “buckle neck” style for dogs who are uncomfortable with an over-the-head design. Their web site tells the story even better