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I've seen FAR too many posts this week about dogs being hit by cars....

As devoted dog owners, it's our duty to ensure the safety and well-being of our furry companions. One of the most harrowing dangers our dogs face is the risk of being hit by cars. But here's the truth: many of these accidents can be PREVENTED with proactive measures right in our own homes.

At Constellation Canine Dog Training & Education, we advocate for a proactive approach to dog safety, starting right in your own backyard. Here's how you can make a difference:

1. Secure Your Yard: It's imperative to fortify your yard with secure fencing to prevent your dog from wandering into the path of oncoming traffic. Take the time to inspect your fencing for any weaknesses or gaps that could allow your dog to escape. If you're unsure about the adequacy of your fencing, our team at Constellation Canine can provide personalized assessments and guidance to help you fortify your yard against escape attempts.

2. Teach Impulse Control at Doors: Many accidents occur when dogs dash out of open doors in pursuit of squirrels or other temptations. By teaching your dog impulse control and reinforcing door manners, you can significantly reduce the risk of them bolting into harm's way. Our training programs have a heavy emphasis on impulse control, ensuring that your dog learns to wait patiently at doorways and only exit when given permission.

3. Consistent Supervision: Even with secure fencing and trained behaviors, it's crucial to supervise your dog whenever they're outside. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so stay vigilant and attentive to your dog's whereabouts and actions. With our guidance, you'll learn how to effectively supervise your dog and intervene when necessary to prevent potentially dangerous situations.

4. Community Support: Encourage your neighbors and fellow dog owners to prioritize yard security and responsible pet ownership. By fostering a community that values safety and accountability, we can collectively reduce the incidence of dogs being hit by cars and create a safer environment for all pets.

Remember, the responsibility for preventing accidents lies squarely on our shoulders as dog owners. By taking proactive steps to secure our yards and teach impulse control at doors, we can significantly reduce the risk of our beloved pets coming to harm.


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