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Biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission say coyote sightings should peak in May as mother coyotes search outside their dens for food for their young. Read how you can keep yourself and your pets safe during a coyote encounter:

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A tired puppy is more likely to sleep soundly. If your pup is old enough to be walked and has been vaccinated, a pre-bed walk can help to tire them out.

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Cold: Don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings, and dogs are susceptible to frostbite on their ears, tails and feet.Ice and snow: Be careful when walking or playing with your dog outside. Your pup could slip or jump in a frozen lake, river or pond. Snow can muffle scents, and your dog can easily get lost.Carbon monoxide: Don’t leave your dog alone in a car. It gets too cold, and carbon monoxide from an engine left running is dangerous.Antifreeze: Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, antifreeze is highly poisonous and can be lethal.

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Depending on your lifestyle and schedule, you may decide to book pet care for your pup. Dog boarding averages $35 per night and dog walking averages $20 per walk but varies based on where you live and the dates you select. Dog training costs an average of $90 per session.

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In the start-up category, Rover noted, adoption fees typically range from $50-$500, but can balloon into the thousands if you choose to buy a puppy from a breeder instead. Regardless of where your pup comes from, if they aren’t spayed or neutered, that surgery can cost anywhere from $35 to $400. However, if you adopt your dog, the adoption fee often covers a spay or neuter.

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