People aren’t the only part of a neighborhood! Dogs can play a big role in making your neighborhood a nicer place to live.
Going on walks with your dog is not only healthy for you and your pooch, but it can also be a great way to meet people in your neighborhood. Of course, you will want to keep some simple rules of etiquette in mind so everyone can love your dog as much as you do.
Scoop the poop
Yeah, it’s gross, but let’s be honest: it’s worse to go out into your garden and find a “present” from a dog that isn’t your own. This is especially important in neighborhoods with children who might be prone to picking things up and putting them in their mouths. Kids or not, it’s just good manners not to “litter” on other people’s property.
Mind the noise
You might be used to your dog’s barking habits, but that doesn’t mean your neighbors are. Be mindful of when your dog is barking and how long they are barking. You want your pooch to be the talk of the town for being adorable, not for being a loud mouth that keeps everyone awake at night.
Use a leash
To help prevent harm coming to your dog or to strangers and other animals that might approach your dog, use a good harness and leash. Free play and running should be kept to your own fenced yard or inside your home.
Teach before they reach
Avoid stress for you and your pet (and your neighbors) by giving instructions first. If your dog doesn’t like being touched on the head, let people know that when they approach before they touch. Is your dog uncomfortable around kids? Be sure to tell people.
ID is key
Be sure that your dog always has a collar with an ID tag on it. In case your dog ever gets lost, you need to make it easy for your neighbors to return the dog to you. I can’t tell you how many times we have found dogs wandering in our neighborhood without ID tags and had no way to get in touch with their owners. Microchips are a great backup as well.
One of the benefits of owning a dog is getting to know other dog lovers. As you walk in your neighborhood, you are sure to meet the other dog owners as they are out for a walk too! Plan meet-ups at a local dog park or host a dog friendly “pawty” in your yard. Not only is the socialization great for your dog, it’s pretty awesome for the humans too!
By following these few simple rules you can help your dog make a good first impression. Not only will it make your dog look great, you will be known as a responsible pet owner, which is always a good title to have in any neighborhood!