Neighborhood Etiquette for Dog Owners

Your dog is a part of your family. You love him like one of your own. However, it’s best to remember that as much as you see your dog as one of your own, there are rules of etiquette that you should follow to avoid conflict with your neighbors. Always follow these do’s and don’ts, and the entire neighborhood will appreciate how responsible you are.

Have a Sturdy Fence

If you let your dog into the back or front yard unsupervised, that area needs to be fenced in. There are various fence materials you can use depending on your budget, taste, and the amount of yard space you need to protect:

  • Chain link fences are secure, durable, and cost-efficient.

  • Aluminum fencing doesn’t rust, adjusts to the slope of your property, and looks great.

  • Wood fences are customizable and can increase your property value.

  • PVC or vinyl fences come in all shapes and colors and stand up to the elements.

  • Wrought iron fences require minimal maintenance and can be made from recycled materials.

  • Bamboo fences are sturdy, look great, and are environmentally friendly.

Bring the Poop Bags on Walks

In just about every city and town, there is an ordinance or law requiring dog owners to pick up after their pooches any time they, well, you know. There are many reasons you should scoop the poop. Anytime it rains, the stormwater rushes the animal waste into the city’s waterways, which can deplete the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife, and fish. Dog waste also contains dangerous microorganisms and parasites including roundworms, hookworms, giardia, salmonella, and E. coli. Finally, it’s the right thing to do for your neighborhood. There’s nothing less respectful than letting your dog do his business in a neighbor’s yard and leaving it there to smell or be stepped on.

Follow Dog Park Safety Rules

More and more neighborhoods are creating dog parks for their residents and their four-legged friends to enjoy. Taking your dog to the park provides him with fresh air, sunshine, socialization, and some much-needed exercise off his leash. Of course, chances are you won’t be the only family there. Make sure you follow dog park etiquette and that your dog is properly vaccinated and tagged any time you go to the park. Always supervise your dog while he is off leash and pick up any messes he leaves behind.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Training

A well-trained dog is a well-behaved dog. Teaching him to recall commands that tell him to come back if he runs out the door keeps him out of neighbors’ yards as well as traffic in the streets. Dog training isn’t always easy, but at Good Dog K9 Training and Services, we find that with the proven, science-backed techniques of positive reinforcement and other innovative methods we’ve perfected, dog training works time and time again. We work with dog owners in their homes to help your dog develop good habits that will make him a neighborhood favorite.

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Good dog owners do everything in their power to ensure that their pup’s presence is never disrespectful to their neighbors. A sturdy fence around the yard will keep him safe and out of other people’s yards. Always pick up your dog’s waste to keep harmful parasites and microorganisms out of the water system and off your neighbors’ shoes. If you take your dog to the park, he needs to be tagged and vaccinated, and you should always monitor his playtime for safety. Finally, training will teach your dog good habits so he’s always polite and well-behaved around neighbors.

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