About this course
Welcome to my 5-Step System. Let's empower ourselves a bit to learn more about REDUCING (not eliminating) the chance that ticks can hinder us and our dogs from enjoying the outdoors together!
With my Mass Dog Hikes platform (MassDogHikes.com), I don't only want to show dog owners cool places to hike. I also want them to learn how to be safe and have fun with their dogs while there.
As a long time dog care business owner (Burke's Pet Care), I've picked up many hints and tips that I can't wait to pass on!
Welcome to my 5-Step system for dealing with "the tick issue". Please enjoy this introduction to learn where I'm coming from in my 5-Step system.
Learn what the system is, and what it is not. And what to expect in the 5-steps.
Before we can actually head out into nature, we need to first handle tick prevention on an overall basis, not just in relation to a certain outing.
In this step, we set the foundation that every dog owner should be aware of, no matter if you're active out on the trails and fields, or not. I provide questions to ask your vet, various types of treatments (and my own favorite) and more.
So after we make sure we've got the treatment taken care of as a base measure, then we can set a course for adventure and consider letting our dogs enjoy nature as much as possible.
In this step, let's get you prepared before you even hit the woods or fields.
Learn how to pick the best place to go in order to encounter the fewest amount of ticks, and what to bring with you in terms of prevention supplies.
Why wait until you're done with the hike or other outing to check for ticks?
Learn great tips for checking for ticks during the hike or walk itself. And as a bonus, learn a little bit about how reducing the chance for getting ticks can be combined with protecting the environment!
After you've checked for ticks during the hike, now it's time to give another scan AFTER the hike.
In this step, I discuss various ways to use what's already all around us, as well as tools and other items that you can use. Also shown, are ways to give a thorough tick check when you're done with your outing...at the end of the walk, in your car and at home.
What prevention system would be complete without empowering yourself through education?
I provide consolidated resources to learn about Lyme disease, to expose some myths and to help you prep for tick-related discussions with your vet, so that this final step actually propels you and empowers you for future outings.