How to Be a Good Dog Owner

Owning a dog means undertaking certain responsibilities. It also means adhering to the rules of dog ownership etiquette. After all, common courtesy goes a long way in making your dog a welcome member of the neighborhood.

You set the rules for your dog in your own home. But whatever they are, they shouldn’t disturb your neighbors or guests. Here are some considerations for etiquette in your home:

In Your Home

Prevent jumping on visitors. People don’t appreciate it and it can be dangerous with older people and children as they can be knocked to the ground. Teach your dog to greet by sitting instead.

 Crate your dog or confine them to another room when you have guests who are uncomfortable around dogs. Some people would rather not be bothered by your dog and, in turn, some dogs are bothered by lots of visitors. In these situations, it’s less stressful for everybody if your dog is given something to do in their own space.

 Prevent begging from visitors. Even for guests who want to socialize with your dog, it’s annoying when your dog begs for scraps. When you’re serving food, crate your dog or teach them to go to their place while you eat.

As soon as you leave the house with your dog, you’re sharing space with others who may or may not be dog lovers. Keep the following tips in while you’re out with your dog:

In Your Neighborhood

Prevent your dog from peeing on other people’s property. If your neighbor spends hours tending to their garden, they certainly won’t appreciate your dog turning it into a toilet. Have your dog go to the bathroom before you start your walk and teach them bathroom cues so you have more control over where they choose to go.

Pick up your dog’s poop. Always be prepared with several poop bags. If you run out or accidentally forget, come back as soon as possible to clean up. Your dog’s business is not your neighbor’s responsibility.

It’s fun to take your dog with you to a pet store, outdoor sporting event, or friend’s house. But you want your dog to be a welcome guest rather than a nuisance. Here’s how:

In the Community at Large

 Don’t take your dog without getting permission first. From allergies to fears, there are all kinds of reasons your dog might not be welcome, regardless of how well-behaved they are.

 Bring an interactive toy like a food-stuffed chew toy to keep your dog entertained. Bored dogs get into trouble creating their own fun, so keep your dog appropriately occupied.

Following these simple rules of etiquette is beneficial for you, your dog, and all dog owners. If your dog’s instincts do take over and somebody is upset or hurt, apologize for any accidents or bad behavior. After all, you are the one who is ultimately responsible for your dog.

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