Dog etiquette and training are essential aspects of being a responsible dog owner. Not only will they make your pup a pleasure to be around, but they can also ensure that you’re both able to travel hassle-free to dog-friendly public places without issues. Here are a few pointers to get you started, courtesy of Pawfect Surprise.
Before you allow your pup to integrate with the rest of society, it’s important to put in place the right preparation to mitigate risk and ensure their comfort.
Obedience training: Training your dog is an ongoing process, and it's important to start early. Basic obedience training is a must, but it's also important to socialise your pup from a young age. This means exposing them to different environments, people, and other dogs. It's also important to teach your dog good manners, such as not jumping up on people or begging for food. Often, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional to help get started on the right foot. You might also consider taking your dog camping as a trial run for more public places to follow.
Products: There is a wide range of products that can help to make the process of introduction and integration easier. A sturdy leash and collar are a must, as well as a collar tag with your contact information in case your dog gets lost. A toy or treat can also come in handy to keep your dog occupied and engaged. A collapsible water bowl is also a good idea, especially on hot days. Before you splash out, be certain to read reviews for any products or toys first, and check for veterinarian approval.
Once you’ve actually arrived at your destination, it’s important to be familiar with various customs and etiquette to ensure you’re being polite, considerate and protected from risk in public.
Dog friendly: One of the first things to keep in mind when bringing your dog to a public place is to make sure the venue is dog-friendly. Many businesses, such as restaurants and shops, will have signs indicating whether or not dogs are allowed. However, it's always a good idea to call ahead or check the business's website to confirm.
Introductions: It's important to remember that not everyone may be comfortable around dogs. Therefore, you should always ask for permission before allowing your dog to approach someone, and never force your dog on someone who is clearly uncomfortable. It's also a good idea to teach your dog basic commands such as "sit," "stay," and "come" to help control its behaviour in public places.
Dog litter: Another important aspect of dog etiquette is picking up after them. Always carry poop bags with you and dispose of them properly. Not only is it the responsible thing to do, but it will also protect you from legal action.
The relationship between you and your dog is pivotal when it comes to public behaviour. By working on this, you’re likely to see positive effects in etiquette.
Stress: When you’re stressed, your dog is likely to feel it, and this can acutely affect behaviour. It’s important, then, to look at areas of your life that may be stress-inducing (such as work) and work on ways to limit your and their exposure to them.
Bonding: For many dogs, the goal in life is to make their owners happy. If you’ve formed a strong emotional bond with your dog, they’re more likely to behave in a way that they know you’ll find acceptable. That’s why it’s essential to spend as much quality time as you can with them and form a close connection early on.
Dog etiquette and training are essential for owners who enjoy bringing their pups to public places and businesses. With the right preparatory measures in place, you and your favorite non-human can enjoy the company of others without worrying about mishaps.
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