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It’s that dreaded time of year again: coyote season; when everyone has a horror story about their friend’s brother’s dog who got snatched up in the middle of the night. The thought of your own pet succumbing to such a fate can definitely stir up some anxiety, but we’re here to help ease your mind a bit with some easy tips and tricks to help prevent anything bad happening to your loved ones.

Don’t Leave Food Out

  • Bring in all of your pet’s food and water dishes.
  • Thoroughly clean your grill after every use. Predators can smell the hamburgers you cooked at the family BBQ even after you’ve eaten them all!
  • Be cautious with compost. Avoid adding meat, bones, and any whole foods to your compost piles. Many predators–like coyotes–are opportunistic eaters.
  • Clean up any fruit dropped on the ground from trees. Yes, coyotes will even go after those crab apples! This will also help get rid of smaller pests like flies.
  • Be sure that all trash bins are completely covered and minimize the time they are left outside.

Always Supervise Pets

  • Like many predators, coyotes are nocturnal, so keep an especially close eye on pets from dusk until dawn.
  • Cats are more at risk than dogs because they are more likely to roam around outside, unsupervised, and their size makes them ideal prey for coyotes. The safest lifestyle for a cat is to be kept indoors at all times, however, at the very least be sure your cats are inside at night. 
  • Keep bathroom breaks as brief as possible.
  • ALWAYS have your dog on a leash–preferably a shorter one so you have more control if they try to run. We suggest the Flat Out Dog Leash by Ruffwear. It’s 6 ft in length, which is plenty of space for your dog to wander, but not enough so that you wouldn’t be able to control them if the situation called for it. It’s also super strong, so you know it won’t snap if they run.
  • Try to avoid evening walks, or stay in well-lit, highly populated areas.
  • Don’t let your guard down just because you have a fence. Coyotes have been known to jump fences that are 6 feet tall. Many experts suggest installing rollers on the top and regularly checking to make sure there are no weak spots or holes.

Hazing 

One of the best preventative measures you can take is by hazing coyotes whenever you see them–and no, that doesn’t mean telling them to do a keg stand. “Hazing” is essentially the process of keeping predators from getting comfortable in your backyard. If you were looking at a new house but saw that the neighbors were loud and obnoxious, would you want to move there? Definitely not!

HAZING DOES NOT MEAN HURTING ANIMALS

Hazing is the act of safely scaring an animal away. Unless your life is being threatened and there are no other options, there is absolutely no reason to attack or injure an animal.

  • Always keep a safe distance, and never approach a coyote or other wild animal.
  • Never turn your back or try to outrun a coyote. They have the ability to run 40 MPH (Humans average around 15 MPH).
  • Make yourself seem BIG! Stand up straight, raise your arms and wave them, hold a coat about your head, etc.
  • Create a simple “Safety Shaker” by putting pebbles, pennies, or bolts into a soda can and sealing it with duct tape.
  • Keep your home and yard well-lit–especially during nighttime bathroom breaks with your dog.
  • If you see a coyote and you’re inside, open a window and yell, clap, or make any sort of loud noise to scare it away. Remember: you don’t want them to feel comfortable.
  • Tell your neighbors you’ve seen coyotes in the area, and encourage them to haze them, as well. Team work is always effective!

It’s scary to see any sort of threat to your furry family members. Just remember that as long as you stay cautious, smart, and calm, you’ll be able to keep your pet safe from harm.

 

If you and your pup hang out at a lot of pet-friendly establishments and events – like our Two Bostons Weekly Walks, for example – you may have noticed that “standard, non-retractable leashes” are often a requirement.  And you may have noticed or even asked if we carry retractable leashes.  Wonder Why?

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1. Retractable leashes can cause injury to dog and human. If your pooch should suddenly race past you, thin-string retractable leashes can zip across your exposed skin (or your child’s) in a half a second. Plus, it is often a human reflex to grab the leash hard when a dog bolts. The dog’s neck and back can be seriously injured due to being jerked when they suddenly get to the end of the leash after running after that rabbit or other dog.

2. Unwanted meet-and-greets. Retractable leashes allow your canine to approach other dogs uninvited. At best, this might lead to an irritated owner. But worse, it could cause the spread of disease, disruption of a healing injury, or even a sudden and aggressive dog fight.

3. Cord breakage. Many retractable leashes aren’t strong enough to handle the dog they’re attached to. Pups who have a tendency to bolt or take off running can often snap the thin line or tape on a retractable leash before you even comprehend what just happened. Worse, the plastic hand-held retractor may come out of your hand and go banging down the pavement after your dog, causing a panicked rush into speeding traffic or a busy bicycle path.

4. Projectile injuries. If your dog’s collar were to suddenly break and come off, the leash cord/tape would retract with such rapid force that it could strike you (or someone else) in the face, teeth, or eyes.

dog pulling5. Retractable leashes encourage dogs to pull. Think about it: if we as their guardians do not provide consistent boundaries how are our canine companions supposed to know what is acceptable? Sometimes they are given 2 feet, sometimes 6 feet, and if they pull a little harder, they may be given 10 feet. Then, when only a few feet are provided because they are walking in a busy area and they begin to pull (because normally this results in getting a few more inches or feet, right?) they are instead “corrected” because they aren’t behaving well. What?? How confusing!

 

6. Entanglement or strangulation. The retractable string or tape can get twisted around our own hands, another person’s ankle, your dog’s neck and legs, a wagging tail, even a pet’s neck. If your dog senses he’s hog-tied and thrashes around, it can cause the cord to pull tighter. This could lead to a life-threatening situation in a matter of seconds.

 

So, instead of hoping for good behavior and no broken or amputated fingers, let’s just decide to use a standard (aka non-retractable) leash and provide the guidelines and boundaries your dogs need and ultimately desire to have a great walk. Ask anyone on our Two Bostons Team to show you some sturdy, dependable standard leash options.

 

Dear All Runners:

I’ve found your new leash to run your dogs!

Sincerely,

Heather

It’s true! I’ve found your new favorite leash (or at least my favorite leash) to run my dogs with! It’s called the incredible, practially magic, leash that I LOVE! Just kidding, but not really. It’s really called a Slackline Leash by RuffWear.

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Imagine this – you have two high drive dogs, possibly a border collie and a sheltie/corgi mix just to name two breeds, and you not only love to run, but so do your dogs. You know the only way to get the energy of your two high drive dogs is to really hit the pavement and making it a great experience for you and your dogs takes a little coordination. Headphones and an iPod, poop bags, running shoes and two 40 pound dogs is difficult to imagine, but then comes along the Slackline leash! You can hook the two leashes together around your waist and even easily tighten up the length of the leash from 6 feet to 3.5 feet and not worry about tripping over the leash when you’re running!

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Okay, enough visualization, here’s the good stuff. The Slackline Leash is adjustable in length, can be hand held or waist worn and has a sturdy, durable, talon clip for the dogs that really get out there!

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It comes in four colors; Red Rock, Metolius Blue, Burnt Orange and Granite Gray. Very durable webbing with reflective webbing through the center for safety is a great feature, also!

Every time I head out for my run, I unbuckle the handles of the two leashes and I buckle them together around my waist making them connected, I slide the ergonomic slider on the leash to the minimum length of 3.5 feet, I clasp my poop bags on, tie my laces and plug my iPod in and I’m off! My runs are so much more comfortable when my girls are closer to my sides and I’m completely hands free!

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It can be difficult to imagine so stop in to any of our three locations and we would be absolutely thrilled to show you what I am raving about!

I hope you came by Yappy Hour last night and enjoyed yourself!

Here is Tip Number 8:

Put your best paw forward and ALWAYS look stylish!
 
It’s super fun and keeping up with “today” helps keep a gal young.
 
Right now I am sporting the fun and funky Red Dot collar, leash and harness from Paw Paw and loving it! Don’t I look fabulous?
 
I love how my whole ensemble matches. It makes me feel so pretty and I can’t wait to go on my walks because the material is just so comfortable. (There is not one bit of skin irritation or, ahem, unsightly chaffing.)
 
I know my Mom and Dad have a terrific variety of very beautiful (or manly if that is your thing) leashes, collars and harnesses. Stop on in the store to check them out. Or, if you can’t do that, you can click here and see how cool they are. (My Dad will ship them to you anywhere if you want one!)
 
Thanks for stopping by today. I am getting so excited about my party. I know my Mom has some wonderful treats (for people and pets) in store, as well as some fun games and prizes. I hope you can make it! I’ll be back tomorrow with tip number 7.
 
Until then,
 
~Daisy