If you’re a seasoned dog owner, you know that certain etiquette applies when you’re out walking your pet. If you live in the suburbs or in a rural area, you can generally be a bit more lax with dog-walking etiquette. In fact, one of the benefits of living in less populated areas is that you can let your dog run free and explore a bit more than you can when there are plenty of people around. . Walking your dog in an urban environment, however, there is definitely a stricter code of conduct. We, at Happy Walk Happy Dog , would still prefer that certain rules are followed whether rural or urban. No matter where you live , a good refresher course can be rejuvenating.
The following is a guide to dog-walking etiquette.
Bring a baggy
Although obvious to many, probably the biggest rule in dog-walking etiquette, particularly urban, involves picking up your pet’s waste. If you’re walking your dog and you want to get along with the other humans and pets we share our space with, you’d better be sure to have a baggy on hand, so that you can pick up and dispose of any excrement. You’d be surprised at how many dog owners skip this all-important rule when walking their dogs. You will also be surprised at how many confrontations I’ve seen break out in public places such as parks because of it. Many dog parks offer bag dispensers for this very reason, but it doesn’t hurt to always have one in your pocket, just in case.
Head to the dog park
One way to be sure that your dog has a fun filled afternoon is to head to a nearby dog park. Here, you’ll be surrounded by other dog lovers, and you and your pooch can relax a bit and maybe even make some new friends. Dog-walking etiquette still applies at the dog park, but at least you’re more apt to be among like-minded individuals and aren’t as likely to get thrown a dirty look when your dog sniffs someone’s shoe. Some dog parks have their own lists of rules posted for pet owners who are unsure about dog-walking etiquette.
Make way for passers-by
If the dog park isn’t an option, you might be forced to walk your dog down the sidewalk near a busy street. Both for the safety of your dog and the consideration of others, dog-walking etiquette particularly urban, suggest that you keep your dog on a short leash when walking down busy sidewalks. Bikers or even other pedestrians can become tangled in a long leash, which could lead to injury for both your dog and the other party. If other dog walkers come your way, don’t assume that they are OK with your dogs becoming best friends.
The proper dog-walking etiquette suggests that you lead your dog to the side, away from the other animal, so that they have room to pass. The same goes for preventing your dog from investigating small children. Even if your dog is friendly and harmless, the child may be scared of dogs or the parents may feel that dogs are dangerous to their child. If you’re a professional dog walker parading around with several pooches, you need to be especially careful to avoid busy streets and make way for passers-by.
This guide to dog-walking etiquette is a good place to start if you’re unsure about the “rules of the road” when it comes to exercising your pet. Follow these rules and you can be sure that you and your pet will be making friends rather than enemies, whether you’re at the dog park or pounding the pavement.
Happy Walk Happy Dog is very consistent in following these rules. It’s instilled in our employees whether we are caring for dogs in a rural or urban area. Happy Walk Happy Dog is also a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild and we practice force-free training and walking of dogs. With that said, I am leaving you with a link about force-free dog training and I encourage all to read it: force free dog training
Until next time…
- Professional Dog Walking: Fame, Fortune, and Poop Bags (notesfromadogwalker.com)
- Dog park friends (in pictures) (nodogaboutit.wordpress.com)
- Track your dog’s every move with this awesome app (pix11.com)