We send our dogs to trainers in the hopes of raising polite and friendly pets, but sometimes it’s the owners who need a refresh course in good manners. When it comes to your four-legged family members, keep these tips in mind!
Not Everyone Loves Pets
Just because you love your dog doesn’t mean everyone else does. Not everyone is a dog person – and that’s okay! It’s always better to assume someone is not a dog person and keep your dog close by than to assume the opposite and risk upsetting someone.
Always Use A Leash
For the reason above and many other reasons, you should always keep your furry friend on a leash. Not only does it keep others around you safe, it also keeps your dog safe.
Clean Up After Your Pet
It goes without saying that you need to clean up after your pet. Make it a priority to always leave the house with a doggy bag. If you find yourself forgetting often, keep an extra one tied to your pet’s leash. Additionally, just because you pick up after your pet doesn’t mean you should let them go to the bathroom anywhere. Some neighbors might prefer to keep their lawns dog free, so keep this in mind when walking in your neighborhood.
Your Car Is Not A Doghouse!
Don’t leave your dog in a locked car for extended periods of time – especially if it’s hot outside. If you need to run a quick errand, be sure to leave your windows open so your pooch has airflow. In California, animal abuse laws prohibit leaving your pet in an unattended vehicle when the animal is subjected to conditions that may affect its health.
Remember – you are 100% responsible for your dog’s behavior in public. Taking your dog for a walk or to the park should be a fun experience, for you and those around you. Pet politeness goes a long way! To learn about more about ways you can be an upstanding member of your community, explore our blog or follow us on Facebook!