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“I was just inside for a minute, and when I came out he was gone.”
“I didn’t know that she could get out of her collar.”
“I’m heartbroken. How could someone steal my Bosco?”
It’s great to include your dog in your daily errands—running to the bank, the pharmacy, or the post office. Bosco gets a brisk walk and you get to spend time with him. But there’s real danger in tethering your dog while you pop inside the grocery store for a few things. There are a lot of ways to lose a dog, but this one is the most preventable. Here are just a few of the potential risks involved with tying a dog outside of a store.
Bottom line: Leave Bosco at home! Or if you must bring him along on errands, leave him in the car with the widows significantly cracked (but not so much that someone can steal him!) and make sure to spend no more than a few minutes away from him.
Nikki Moustaki, MA, MFA, is a dog trainer, bird care and behavior consultant, and a freelance writer in New York City. She is the author of more than 26 books on pet care and training and is the host of www.dogfessions.com.
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