We want to remind dog owners everywhere that April is officially Active Dog Month—a time to get moving with your four-legged friend so you can both benefit from physical activity in the great outdoors. We have some friendly Pet Etiquette Tips that will give you and your pet a new “leash” on life…
First and foremost, about good Pet Etiquette is to always remember to scoop the poop. This applies mainly to dog owners who should always bring several bags on their outdoor walks to clean up after a little tree time. In fact, it’s not only good pet etiquette, in many places, it’s the law. And while we’re on the subject, indoor cat lovers should keep litter boxes scooped out on a regular basis. Not only does a cat appreciate a fresh litter box, so will your friends and family who may be sniffing around the house.
Second on the list is mainly for dog owners, but it’s all about barking. A dog who incessantly barks can make a next-door neighbor anything but friendly. Practice getting your dog’s attention to redirect him if he barks at strangers or other dogs while outdoors. And if your dog barks nonstop when you’re not at home, consider boarding them or training them to keep their voices down.
Another thing to consider at home is whether your pet is causing an allergic reaction for your family or guests. Even the tidiest pet lover will have some pet dander in the home and that dander is what causes allergic reactions. So be sure to advise guests in advance that they may be sharing space with a furry friend who might make them sneeze.
Finally, never assume that everyone loves your pets as much as you do. This means that when walking your dog, don’t let them jump on strangers. And because many people are uncomfortable around dogs, always keep your dog on a leash, close to you and stay alert to others. If you have guests at home, try and prevent your dog or cat from jumping up or rubbing on visitors who may be allergic or may be fearful of animals. And if your dog or cat does something to upset someone (jumping up on a lap or humping a leg) simply apologize and do your best to prevent the situation from reoccurring—and remember to never take it personally!