Dogs are our faithful companions, but to some people, they can be a nuisance or even downright frightening. It’s up to you to help your dog behave properly around other people and animals when in public.
According to The Emily Post Institute, the leading authority on proper etiquette, “petiquette” is “the proper way to control and handle a pet.” 2 Paws Up invites you to read on for some more tips on how you and your pup can be courteous neighbors.
Understanding Your Dog
Teaching your dog proper behavior starts with understanding him. The difficulty of training will be impacted by:
- Whether your dog is male or female.
- Breed characteristics (learn about the different breeds from the American Kennel Club).
- Temperament and personality.
- If your dog is sick, medicated, or recovering from illness/surgery/getting fixed or has been recently traumatized.
Be aware of all these things whenever he is around other people or pets.
You can also get to know your dog while you’re introducing him or her to your yard. If you haven’t already, research landscape companies to help make your yard more dog-friendly. That way, you can focus on allowing your new companion to roam and explore the grounds without having to worry about them getting injured. Make sure you check reviews to ensure you’re hiring a trustworthy company.
Taking Your Dog on a Walk
One of the keys to being a good dog-owning member of your community is being conscious of other people when you are walking your dog. People can be intimidated or frightened when dogs jump or bark, whether they are big or small. Children may fear dogs, and adults may have had traumatic experiences. To avoid problematic incidents, employ these tips:
- Know the codes in your municipality regarding where your dog can “go.”
- Always keep your dog on a leash.
- Redirect your dog if he’s barking at others.
- Make sure you have enough bags to clean up every mess.
Learn more etiquette for dog owners from the Animal Humane Society.
Meeting Other Dogs
Dogs often run-up to other dogs, either in a friendly or aggressive manner. Whenever you’re in a situation where you might encounter another dog, be sure to use a leash that fits your dog properly and can restrain him without choking. Also, make sure the leash is short enough so you’re always in control of your pet.
If the dogs growl or are being antagonistic, lead your dog away. If all is well and the owner agrees to a meeting, start your introduction. Extend your hand to the new dog so that he can sniff you. PetWave offers some more insight on meeting and greeting etiquette.
How to Teach Your Dog Public Etiquette Skills
Your dog can learn obedience skills in a class, but teaching him proper etiquette begins at home. You can teach him how to act around a table full of people and food in your own dining room. Once he’s been trained, you may even be able to take him to a dog-friendly restaurant.
Both you and your dog should be distraction-free when you are training him. Have people visit to teach him proper behavior around others. Be sure he understands commands and can be restrained before you take him on a long trip.
If you are traveling with your dog, obedience training provides a firm foundation for the additional skills he will need. Plan ahead of time and do your research on dog rules and codes in the area you are visiting.
Teaching your dog proper etiquette in public and around others is not difficult. And once you ensure that you are a conscientious, dog-owning neighbor, your pup will be welcome in the neighborhood.
2 Paws Up Inc is a full-service dog training and pet care company that can help you teach your new companion some important lessons. Fill out the form on our website or call (770) 695-3096 and get in touch with us today!