A LOCAL vet clinic is encouraging pet owners to make the most of the changing season with an autumn walking campaign as summer reaches its conclusion.
Contrary to popular belief, autumn can be a great time to explore the outdoors with your pet.
With the average dog requiring 60 minutes of exercise day, owners have plenty of time to go exploring.
Leigh Hinsley, practice manager at YourVets Wythall, on Alcester Road, said: “There’s so much to look forward to in autumn, early nights, crisp air and the sound of crunching leaves underfoot.
“Sadly, many people go into hibernation in the colder months, taking their dogs inside with them.
“It is essential that dogs stay active throughout the year not only for the physical benefits it provides, but also for the mental and well-being aspects too.”
Leigh has put together a top five reasons why dog owners should get outside this autumn.
Cooler temperatures, autumn leaves, a smaller risk of livestock and beach walk restrictions now lifted are included in Mr Hinsley’s list.
He also adds that ‘weekend wanders’ provide the perfect Sunday afternoon with many pubs being dog friendly – providing an ideal social setting following a long countryside walk.
Autumn days mean darker walks – both in the morning and at night – so Leigh was keen to highlight that the owner and dog should be made visible to the public, particularly drivers.
He added: “Wear reflective clothing and try out the increasingly popular LED collars and leads to keep your dog safe in the dark.
“Dogs need consistency and this shouldn’t change with the changing of the weather, so keep walking, keep exploring and embrace autumn.”
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