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Are You Practicing Good Dog Owner Etiquette

As a dog owner, it is very important that you practice good doggy manners.  “What does that mean?” you ask.  Here are a few pointers on being a good dog owner who shows good doggy etiquette.

Jumping On People

This is the one that is probably abused the most.  Yep, you walk into a home and here comes the dog, jumping all over you.  Some people say it’s okay because they are dog lovers but not everyone wants a dog jumping all over them.  In some cases, these over exuberant dogs actually knock people down. Depending on the person’s age, this could be very dangerous.  So how do you keep it from happening?  Put the dog on leash, so he cannot get to the person entering through the door.  In fact, teaching your dog to do a sit /stay while on the leash really comes in handy.  Eventually, once the proper door behavior has been learned, you may no longer use the leash.

Excessive Barking

If you have ever been the recipient of non-stop barking from a neighbor’s dog, you know what I mean when we talk about excessive barking.  We should all be good neighbors and bring our dogs in the house, especially during the evening so that our dogs are not disturbing the peace.  If you know a neighbor sleeps during the day, consider keeping your dog indoors throughout the day as well.  If necessary, crate your dog, and the neighbors will love you.  

Allowing Your Dog To Run Loose

Allowing your dog to run loose in most areas is not only against the law, it is also very dangerous for your dog.  Thousands of dogs a year are run over while roaming the streets.  A dog owner that cares for his dog will never allow his dog to run loose.  If your dog shows any type of aggression while running loose, you are vulnerable to a tremendous amount of liability, should your dog happen to bite a person or another dog.

Pick Up The Poop

This one is a real pain in the rear for a bunch of homeowners.  I know you have seen it, but hopefully you have not added to the problem by allowing your dog to poop without scooping it up.  This has become such a problem in some communities that all dogs in those communities are swabbed for DNA. Any waste material that has not been picked up is checked with the DNA on file, and the offending owner can be fined up to $500.  So, bag the poop to keep your neighborhood clean.

Practicing good doggy etiquette will provide a better sense of community for all dog owners and homeowners alike.