Dogs are amazing creatures that can bring joy and meaning into our lives. We think the world of our dogs, and we want to share how great they are with the whole world. On the other hand, we also know that sometimes our canine friends can get themselves into trouble from time to time. Barking through the night, digging holes all through the yard and jumping up on strangers on the street are just a few ways that dogs can be a nuisance to owners and others. Nobody wants to be known as the bad neighbor with the obnoxious dog, so here are five etiquette tips to be a conscientious dog owner, and a good neighbor.
1. Keep Your Dog on a Leash
When going on a walk, keep your dog on a leash. Leash-walking your dog lets others know that you have control over your dog. Even if your dog is not one to immediately jump up and greet a stranger, keeping them leashed will reduce anxieties of those around you and give you a reputation as the responsible dog owner.
2. Mind Their Barking
Nothing will agitate your neighbors more than having the dog next door barking all throughout the day and night. In many cases, dogs bark throughout the day when their owners are away. There are a few tricks to get your dog to stop barking so frequently, such as closing off windows to the outside or training them not to use barking as an immediate reaction to spotting people or other animals.
Another alternative to keep your dog from getting cagey at home is by hiring a walker or sitter to drop by and keep them company while they are away. Hiring a walker will ensure that your dog is kept active throughout the day and get rid of some of that late-evening, pent-up energy they get when you and your neighbors are ready to settle down for the night.
3. Curb Your Dog
Curbing your pet means picking up after your dog. When you take your dog for a walk, chances are the extra movement will cause them to use the restroom. It’s our responsibility as dog owners to clean up after our dogs and come prepared to do so. This means anytime you go for a walk, bring doggie bags, or something similar, to collect your dog’s waste and dispose of it appropriately.
4. Keep Your Pets Cleaned
We don’t just groom our dogs so they look great when strolling down the block. We keep our pets clean because a dirty dog will likely leave their mark in a home or car in one way or another. If your friend invites you and your dog over, you wouldn’t want to bring your dog right after he’s been rolling through the mud at the park. If your dog’s breed is more likely to shed, it’s also your responsibility to keep their hair regularly brushed and trimmed so that they won’t shed all over the furniture and floors.
5. Keep Them Up to Date on Shots
We all want the best for our dogs, but keeping up to date on their shots and vaccinations does more than just safeguard your own pet. Part of being a good, conscientious dog owner is not only looking out for your dog, but making sure that other people’s dogs are safe as well. Regularly taking your dog to the vet and receiving their necessary shots helps keep other dogs in your neighborhood healthy and safe.
These are just a few etiquette rules to keep you, your dog and your neighbors happy. As long as you remain mindful about how the actions of you and your dog are affecting others around you, then you should be okay. Remember, it’s better to be proactive than reactive and always reinforce your dog’s polite behavior with a treat!
About the Author
Aurora James believes there are no bad dogs. She created DogEtiquette.info to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere. She enjoys teaching dogs the etiquette to be a “good dog” wherever they go.
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