How to start a dog walking business: Step Six

Outdoor dangers to dogs.

Outdoor dangers to dogs – Things to be aware of when your outside with a client’s dog.

View our ten steps to quickly launching your pet business.

outdoor dangers to dogs

Outdoor dangers to dogs.

The number one job of a dog walker is to keep your dogs safe. There are many potential dangers outside the home. 

We recommend always erring on the side of safety. 

There’s nothing to be gained by letting a dog sniff an oil puddle by a car. 

There’s nothing to be gained by letting a client’s dog socialize too long with another dog displaying aggressive body language. 

Here is a checklist of things to look for outside. Some of them might not exist in your area. 

Outdoor dangers to dogs


Homeowners do not realize that plants growing within their property could be outdoor dangers to dogs. Examples of these toxic plants and flowers include;

* Kalanchoe

* Oleander

* Foxglove

* Lily of the valley

* Daffodils

* Aloe

* Peonies

* Gladiolas

* Chrysanthemum


Predatory DANGERS TO DOGS OUTSIDE are also common, especially for those who live in areas with dangerous indigenous wildlife. Wild animals such as coyotes, bears, and feral cats, among others, can be dangerous to dogs if they meet. Some of these wild animals, for example, skunks and raccoons, can be carrying rabies. It is important to keep your pets vaccinated and away from such predators as far as possible.


Spending much time under heat can also be an outside danger to dogs. Heat exhaustion and heat strokes can cause organic dysfunctions, and in extreme cases, death. Symptoms of a heat-exhausted dog include;

* Excessive panting

* Weakness

* Confusion

* Restlessness

The risk-free option is to follow your perception of the temperature. If you notice the weather is too cold or hot for you, chances are the dog is feeling it too, except the dog won’t communicate to you. You can also construct a shade outside for the dog and ensure it is well-hydrated.


The American Animal Hospital Association developed guidelines that dogs should be screened for parasites regularly and treated for infestations. These parasites that dogs can come across include worms such as;

* Tapeworm

* Roundworm

* Hookworm

* Heartworm

* Whipworm

Infected mosquitos can expose dogs to heartworms. Infected rodents and rabbits that live in your garden can expose your dogs to microscopic roundworms, tapeworms, or whipworm eggs found in contaminated soil.

Dogs can also catch lungworms from eating infected snails or from their slime trails.


If you have a pond or lake with saltwater or warm freshwater near your home, chances are you are exposed to blue-green algae. Such bacteria form floating mats on pond surfaces. Blue-green algae discolor water and discharge harmful toxins. Ensure your dog does not drink this water since it could lead to serious medical complications.

Full List

Outdoor dangers to dogs