Pet Etiquette for a Dog-Friendly Community

Several residents asked us to run an article on pet etiquette. We’re more than happy to oblige by providing some pointers. 

Our community is extremely pet friendly, and living among other pets and their guardians requires us all to observe basic pet etiquette. Here are a few tips from the experts.

How to Walk Your Dog

Leash your dog. It’s the law, and it’s common sense. Dogs can take a visceral dislike to a person who’s nervous around them. When dogs encounter fear, they can act aggressively. To avoid problems, don’t approach a stranger or another dog unless you ask permission and it is granted. Keep your dog close to you rather than on a long lead.

Train your dog to follow your commands. Don’t allow your dog to play while it’s leashed even if the dogs are friendly. It’s OK for them to “sniff” a greeting, but playing and jumping can cause anxiety and accidents. 

If your dog jumps on someone or invades another dog’s space, apologize and then resume your walk. If you pass people or dogs that have had a bad interaction with your dog, cross the street when passing them.

Be considerate toward people who don’t like dogs or are afraid of them. Stay out of their way if you meet them on the street, and take your pet to another room when they come to visit.

Scoop the poop! Keep your pooper-scooper and a supply of bags near the leash so you can grab and go. You’ll set a good example for other dog guardians when you stop to scoop.

How to Control Barking

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offers tips to stop your dog from barking. 

  • Don’t reward your dog for barking.
  • When you’re home with the doors and windows closed, ignore the barking if your pet is simply seeking attention. Praise the dog when it stops barking.
  • Desensitize your dog to whatever is causing it to bark or remove the cause.
  • Teach the “quiet” command. First, teach your dog to speak and reward it for speaking. Once the dog has learned to bark on command, you’re halfway there. Then, teach it to stop barking on command and reward it for following the command.

For more tips on how to control barking, visit the HSUS site.

How to Keep Your Dog From Jumping on People
A dog’s greeting involves face-to-face interaction; it reaches the face by jumping. You may love your dog’s passion, but your friends probably don’t have the same enthusiasm for your dog’s greeting. Watch the video below for training tips from a professional dog trainer.

Thank you to all our residents for continuing to observe common-sense pet etiquette!