While we may be huge dog and puppy people, our neighbors and community may not all feel the exact same way. Even as pet people, a lot of us have had a less than pleasant experience with a neighborhood animal. Whether it’s the small pup that chases you while you’re on your morning jog or stepping in something…. gross on your family walk, we have all had experiences that make us question “Who is in charge of that animal?” No one wants to be “THAT person” in the neighborhood that has a neighborhood pest instead of a lovable pet. Use our helpful tips to help you and your pup become adored throughout your neighborhood.
Leashes are a Neighbor’s Best Friend
No matter how well trained your pup may be, we still need to make sure we are following leash laws to limit any potential risks and liabilities. Maybe your pup doesn’t run off when the street is empty, but what about when the dreaded mailman drives by while you are on your walk? Even the sweetest pup can have moments of weakness. A leash not only prevents potential incidents with the other people and animals in your neighborhood, but it can also protect your pup from an injury or attack by keeping them close to you. Also, keep in mind- some communities give out leash law tickets that could definitely add up!
Stay in Your Lane…or Yard
It is so important to make sure that your pup stays in their space. This means try not to let your pup wander unattended outside of your yard. Not only is this a safety issue for your pup, but it also is respectful to your neighbors’ space and property. Make sure your yard is escape artist-proof! Some pups are real-life Houdini’s, and it will put your mind and your neighbors’ mind at ease if you took steps to prevent any great escapes. It also is worth checking out your neighborhood or HOA’s policy on keeping your pup secure in your space!
Scoop the Poop
You already know where we are going with this tip! When you take your pup on neighborhood walks or even walks in your local public park, it is common courtesy to pick up your pup’s waste. This keeps the public spaces clean and ready for everyone to enjoy. There are plenty of fun gadgets that attach to the leash of your pup or even your pocket that holds little bags that are perfect for disposing of pet waste. Don’t let your fun stink up the fun of someone else. And please, don’t let your pup poop in someone else’s yard!
A Trained Pup is a Happy Pup
While training a pup can be a lot of work, it is so worth it for you and your neighbors’ enjoyment! While we know your pup is a sweet and loving friend, your neighbors may not know that yet. Make sure to teach your pup not to growl, bark or jump on the average passerby. Curbing these behaviors early on will help these traits stick in your pup and ensure that your pup is more like the lovable neighborhood mascot as opposed to the dreaded dog a few houses down.
Vaccinations keep your pet and the people around you healthy and at ease. They can protect from infections that humans can pass to our furry friends, infections from other animals, and other issues that may come from bacteria found in the world. Having your vaccinations up to date can help limit legal and medical troubles and liabilities of pet ownership. We’ve all heard the horror stories and are pups are too precious not to take care of!
Are You a Good Neighbor?
Continue to make your house a home by ensuring that you are maintaining good relationships with your neighbors. Remember- you have a lot to do with how your neighbors perceive your furry family members. Make sure that you put your best paws forward and be a good neighbor that is considerate and respectful to others.