What to look out for while walking your dog
Over the course of my years as a professional pet sitter in New Jersey, I've become uniquely attuned to pet safety and security while out in the neighborhood on a walk. It's always good practice to be visually aware of what is going on while you're out walking your dog. This includes watching out for other dogs and stray animals, other people, moving cars, and your own dog. Maintaining this practice of being aware of your surroundings will help you avoid any unwanted or potentially dangerous situations.
I've also personally trained our staff members to follow these guidelines when covering their pet sitting visits. As they make their way out into your neighborhoods, they're now learned in being watchful and aware of their surroundings as a professional dog walker.
Always ensure your dog is safe when dog walking by handling their leash tightly and securely, watching out for their potential lurching at cars or other people and dogs, and especially be on the lookout for a loose pet running over towards you that you've never seen before.
When there is a loose pet out there that is running towards you, remain calm. Secure your dog. You never know if that intruding pet is a stray or someone else's pet, and especially if they're friendly or not. Keep your dog tightly in place, protect them, and start shouting at the top of your lungs to get the attention of hopefully other people in the area. This will hopefully draw out the other dog's owner to recall them and bring them back to their possession. It might seem unnecessary to shout during this situation, but it's very good practice to do so as no one would know what's going on if you don't shout.
This type of behavior doesn't really apply to cat sitting because those types of visits are typically inside unless we get a request to walk your cat outside!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.