Dog Walking Etiquette: The Do’s And The Don’ts

Walking your dog is an important part of their routine. It’s also great for you, giving both you and your furry friend a chance to bond while getting in some physical and mental exercise. While having fun with your dog on your walks, it’s also important to observe dog walking etiquette. We discuss some do’s and don’ts here.

Do Keep Your Dog on a Leash

This helps ensure the safety of your dog and others! While your dog may be well-trained, they can still end up dashing off unpredictably. There is also the possibility of other off-leash dogs charging your dog. If your dog is not on a leash during such a situation, you will have no way to guide them from harm. Simply put, even if your dog is well-trained and generally well-behaved, it can still end up affected by variables out of its control, which is not something that you want to risk. We suggest a quality leash or harness for your dog, and to try and avoid retractable leashes, which could be dangerous for dogs.

Do Pick Up After Your Pup

You want to pick up after your pup for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it’s just part and parcel of being a good neighbor and responsible dog owner. Secondly, you want to keep your area clean! But more than that, dog poop is more than just gross – it can be harmful to other people, animals and the environment.

Do Try to Avoid Dog-to-Dog Meetings

This is dependent on the personality of the dogs – and owners! – involved, but generally, it’s always a good idea to be prudent when your dog meets others for the first time. Your dog might have a friendly nature, but you never know with new dogs. Sometimes, dogs might just not get along, and there’s no way to predict that – your dog might have good rapport with most others, but could always end up with bad rapport with one or two new ones. As your dog’s owner, you should be able to gauge how your dog is feeling around other dogs, and advocate for it if necessary.

Do be Discerning About Who Your Dog Meets

While almost everyone enjoys meeting other dogs, it’s important to note that not everyone is a dog lover. Some may be afraid, have allergies, or just simply not be too fond of dogs, so avoid letting your dogs wander over to strangers. You also want to make sure that your dog is comfortable with meeting other people. Sometimes, a stranger may be eager to pet your dog, but your dog might not be too eager to be pet! Read your dog’s behavior and react accordingly.

Don’t Roam On Other People’s Property

Most people wouldn’t want other people’s dogs roaming around their lawns. Be considerate of their flowerbeds, bushes, and other things that they take the time to carefully maintain. Most suburban neighborhoods have what is known as an “easement” area, which is a patch of grass that stands between the sidewalk and street. This is a public space that your dog can roam in, but refrain from letting them roam on someone else’s property.