From maintaining their appearance to choosing the best Dubai pet food, read on for the four tips you need to know for looking after your dog in a big city.
1. Maintain their appearance.
When living in the big city, you know how important it is to maintain your appearance. Well, the same is true of your beloved four-legged friend. Of course, you don’t want them to feel like every other dog on the street is well-manicured and pampered, but not them!
Therefore, you want to ensure that you maintain their appearance and keep up with your pet grooming duties. Essential pet grooming duties include brushing their coat to ensure their skin and fur stays healthy and clean and trimming their nails. Ideally, you will also brush their teeth once a day and clean their ears to help prevent infection.
Many dog owners find that they need to clean around their pet’s eyes in order to remove any eye goop, and – while you are doing this – you may also want to wash their face with a warm washcloth to eliminate bacteria. And, of course, a lot of dogs love having baths, which is a good thing because it gives you a chance to clean them and remove any outside allergens, dirt, and other residues that they have picked up.
In addition to your daily and weekly grooming maintenance, it is also highly advised that you take your dog to a professional pet grooming service. The best pet grooming in Dubai takes care of all your dog’s needs, from a wash to a trim to a full groom. In addition, you can opt to have them use organic shampoo, as well as have them clip your pet’s nails, brush their coat, and clean their ears.
2. Become comfortable hanging out in dog parks.
One of the best things about being a dog owner in a big city is that you have plenty of dog park options for hanging out with your dog. One of the best things you can do (for both you and your four-legged friend) is to get to know your local dog parks.
Spending time here is a fantastic way for your dog to socialise with other dogs and, you never know, you may make some new friends of your own as well!
The best dog parks are those where you can allow your dog to go off-leash and still be safe. This will enable them to have the most enjoyable experience, play around with other dogs, and release a lot of their energy.
Physical activity is especially important because you want your dog to have outlets for their energy. Exercise can decrease the level of troublesome behaviour your pup will exhibit within your home.
Dog parks also give you the opportunity to be physically active with your pet.
3. Keep them away from hot pavements.
When the temperatures rise, your dog can suffer, especially when walking them on hot city pavements. Therefore, you want to do everything you can to decrease the chance that their paws are going to overheat while on a walk.
If you think the pavements may be too toasty for your dog, place your hand on the pavement and do a quick temperature test. Generally, if you feel like it is too hot for your hand to stay on, then it is going to be too hot for your dog to put their paws on. In this case, you either want to make sure you walk them during the cooler parts of the day, such as in the early morning or evening.
You can also choose to walk them on the grass or use paw wax specially designed to preserve your dog’s paws from these hot surfaces as well as potentially harmful compounds such as road salts.
Alternatively, if you live in a climate that is often hot, you may want to purchase your dog some dog booties, as these can significantly help to protect your pup’s paws. And, after taking them on a walk, moisturising your dog’s paws will help protect them from cuts, cracking, and peeling.
4. Feed your dog high-quality food.
Just like you, your dog needs to have high-quality sustenance to keep up with the energy of a big city. This means ensuring they have delicious dog food at every meal and enough snacks to keep them going throughout the day.
While the type (and quantity) of food that you provide your dog is going to range based on their breed, size, and activity level, the most important thing is that you are purchasing high-quality food that your dog enjoys eating.
What do you think are the most essential tips and tricks that dog-owners in a city should know? How do you make sure your dog stays safe, happy, and satisfied?
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.