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Skate Boarding with Your Dog

Thursday, July 14, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

The other day I saw a man skate boarding across one of the main highways in Delaware. In the middle of the road he lost his balance and was thrown off of his board and flew into the middle of the role. Luckily he was not hurt and the traffic was stopped at a red light. If he had a dog with him, this situation would have turned out differently. The dog would have been out in oncoming traffic and subject to great danger. Skate boarding is a great activity to do with a high energy dog but it’s important to follow some safety guidelines.  If it’s hot outside, don’t skate board midday.  Head out in the cool morning and be sure to bring along some fresh water for both you and your pet. Wear protective gear such as a helmet and knee pads and keep your dog on a short leash to keep him from crossing in front and tripping you up.  Go at a comfortable speed, one that the dog can comfortably maintain and work up to longer distances slowly. Try to find a paved path with a dirt or grassy edge for the dog to run on.  This will be easier on his joints and paw pads.  Remember, give him lots of praise as he’s trotting along and stop when he’s had enough.

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