Wouldn’t it be great if everyone else loved our dogs as much as we do? Increase the chances of this happening by following the etiquette rules listed below.
- No matter how well trained your dog is, put him on a leash when near strangers. People will appreciate your respect for their safety and well-being.
- Avoid approaching people or dogs directly when in public. Move off to the left or right to pass by; step off the curb if necessary. Fearful dogs and fearful people will be thankful.
- Always, when there is a leash in hand, put a poop bag in your pocket. Carry three: one, a spare, and one to share.
- Leave your female dog at home when she is in season. Her pheromones will bring out the worst in otherwise well-behaved dogs.
- Ask, and be specific, before letting your dog approach people or other dogs. "Is he friendly?" gives no warning to other dog owners that you are going to let your dog lunge forward.
- When you have been invited to a home, event, or activity, ask before bringing your dog.
- Until your dog is trained not to jump on people, put him away when guests arrive. Let him out after guests have settled in. Leash or tether him if he tends to nose, poke or paw people for attention.
Your dog would want others to think as highly of him as you do. Don’t disappoint him.
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Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2017 Rescue Me Dog; www.rescuemedog.org
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