5 Etiquette Tips to Follow While Out and About With Your Dog
One of the greatest joys of owning a pet is going for walks. Whether you’re headed to the park, running a trail, or strolling the neighborhood, the exercise is a great way to keep your dog (and you!) healthy. But while your dog might be your best friend, it’s important to remember that not everybody is as well-acquainted with him/her as you are. Here are some etiquette tips for making sure you and your dog are following good dog-walking etiquette!
Scoop That Poop
Dogs tend to like to...let things loose a bit while they’re out. They’re a bit shameless like that. The last thing you want to find when you walk out to your front yard is a “gift” from a neighbor, so be courteous when it comes to the things your dog leaves around the neighborhood. While you might not be able to stop your dog from pooping on the neighbor’s yard altogether, be sure you bring along plenty of bags to pick up afterward. Same rule applies when you’re visiting a trail or a park. Nobody wants to be out enjoying nature and step in dog poo!
Bring Plenty of Water
If you’re going out for more than a stroll around the neighborhood, be sure to bring a portable bowl and a bottle of clean water for your pooch. Dogs get overheated pretty quickly and will run to just about any water source once they feel the urge to drink. Your neighbors won’t be happy if Fido tears through their flower beds to get to their small pond for a sip. And that restaurant you’re passing downtown surely won’t be impressed when your dog sticks his face inside their fancy water feature for a slurp.
Keep Your Dog Leashed
This should go without saying, but many owners overestimate their dog’s obedience, unfortunately. Many cities, parks, and natural areas have laws that require leashes on dogs, so be sure to check those requirements before you head out (nobody wants you to get a ticket!). Retractable leashes are banned in some areas and can be unsafe in several circumstances. Buying a dog harness keeps your dog secure when you’re walking, and using an LED leash makes you more visible at night. We carry a full line of harnesses and leashes, and even special running leashes to keep your dog safe. Check out our full line of dog gear now!
Keep Your Dog Close
Yes, your dog is on a leash, but it’s important to take that a step further and mind your personal space. You know your dog and know his limits, but your fellow walkers don’t. Some people are downright scared of dogs, and won’t appreciate him coming over for a sniff. When it comes to approaching other dogs, keep a tight hold and a safe distance. And be especially careful when approaching small children.
Teach Him Proper Manners
You might think it’s cute when your dog jumps up on you for a quick kiss and a treat, but nobody else does. We promise. It’s also not safe for you or those around you when your dog tugs on the leash—you must be in control of your pet at all times to ensure he doesn’t run off. You would be heartbroken if he were to run into traffic or become scared and bite somebody. Proper training can ensure your dog is calm, collected, and knows how to walk next to you without making a scene!Zippy Harness makes a full line of Zippy harnesses, LED leashes, running leashes, adjustable and elastic control leashes, and even seatbelts for your dog. These products are designed with your dog’s safety in mind and are made of the highest quality materials and perfect for the dog on the go. Shop our catalog of products today!