During Davenport Street Fest, Keeping Dogs Safe in Crowds Is KeyIt’s that time of year again! Davenport’s beloved Street Fest 2018 is officially underway July 27-28th, and we couldn’t be more excited. Whether you partake in the food, music, gorgeous arts and crafts booths, or come down to celebrate the final day of RAGBRAI (which concludes right here in Davenport this year), it’s sure to be a fun event.

Bringing dogs to Street Fest is a tradition for many pet owners, but the crowds, noise, heat, and other factors can quickly turn a fun event into a disaster if you aren’t prepared. If you are considering bringing a four-legged companion to Street Fest this year, we offer you the following tips and tricks for keeping dogs safe in crowds…

Caveats and Considerations

Before taking your dog to any public place, it’s critical that you evaluate whether or not your dog is a good candidate for being in a crowd. Asking yourself the following questions is a great place to start:

  • Is my dog fearful or anxious by nature?
  • Does my dog show aggression towards other dogs, children, or adults?
  • Does my dog have issues coming when called and a lack of basic obedience?
  • Is my dog overly friendly (regularly jumps up, licks, etc.)?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” your dog will probably be happier and more comfortable staying at home while you enjoy Street Fest. If you will be gone for the whole day and are concerned about leaving your dog, consider enlisting the help of a trusted friend, neighbor, or dog walking service to stop by and take your pup out for a walk and some playtime.

Keeping Dogs Safe in Crowds

Handling a dog in a crowded place can be a difficult and stressful experience that is fraught with perils outside of your dog’s behavior. Careful planning and close observation are top priorities when it comes to keeping dogs safe in crowds.

  • Keep them close – Your dog should be leashed in a crowd and kept as close to you as possible. This prevents the risk of tripping and entanglement on the leash and gives you better control over your dog’s movements.
  • Be alert – Regardless of how much fun you’re having, keeping one eye on your dog at all times is essential for their safety and the safety of others. It only takes a moment for your dog to wolf down a piece of garbage or dropped food, or to pester another dog or person.
  • Watch the heat – Late July is one of the warmest times of year in Davenport, and pets are at a much higher risk of suffering the effects of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke than people. Make sure your dog has access to shade and fresh water, and try to stick with an early morning or late evening visit to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Know their limits – Even the most laid back dog can become overstimulated at a crowded event. If your dog is showing signs of agitation or exhaustion, consider it your signal to pack up and head home.

When it comes to keeping dogs safe in crowds, the staff at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center couldn’t be more on board. Please contact us with your questions and concerns, and have a great Street Fest weekend!