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Hunting safety tips for dogs

We are excited to be creating a brand-new webpage for the Central Aroostook Humane Society shelter. Our old page was ancient, incorrect and not of use anymore.

Mandy, our board of directors computer wizard took on the task and has created an informative and amazing new site. We hope to have it up and running soon.

Fall means hunting season throughout much of the United States. Many animal lovers also love the outdoors. Whether you let your cats out by the woods, go hiking with your dogs, go out hunting with dogs, or live by a hunting area, autumn is a great time to remember how to safely share the woods while protecting your pets.

Outfit your dogs with bright clothing. Many sporting goods stores have blaze orange reflective vests for dogs, or you can tie brightly colored fabric such as bandanas around your dog’s neck.

Please, do not let dogs off-leash in areas where hunting or trapping occur, especially if you do not know the area. Shooting mistakes can happen, and some states allow body-gripping traps.

Do not let dogs chase deer regardless of the season. If your dog has this inclination, leashing at all times or reliable voice control is necessary.

Make sounds when in the woods, whistle or sing as you walk. If you hear shots close by, shout to make sure hunters know you’re there.

Do not let pets eat carcasses. Dogs allowed to roam in hunting areas often find remains of deer carcasses and can become ill from ingesting them.

Consider your pet’s fears. Some pets become very anxious from the sound of guns. It’s best to keep such pets away from areas where they will hear gunshots. If this occurs near your home, your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help keep your friend calm. 

Be sure to stay on well-traveled roads. Also, consider attaching a bell to your dog’s collar. These tips and many more can be found online by googling “hunting safety tips for pets.”

If you are looking for a fur baby to love, check out the Central Aroostook Humane Society Facebook page for pets available for adoption. 

Please be responsible: spay and neuter your pets.

Gail Wieder is a member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society’s board of directors.

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