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The Etiquette of Dog Walking

Think walking your dog is as easy as clipping on the leash and going? Think again! Take note of these walking etiquette tips from an Aurora veterinarian.

Pick Up After Your Dog

Don’t forget to bring along a plastic bag to pick up after your pet. It’s not only rude to leave your dog’s droppings where they lay, it’s illegal in many public places! Plus, dog feces can carry dangerous parasites and diseases, so leaving it in public is putting other adults, children, and pets at risk.

Teach Basic Commands

It’s important for your dog to know a few basic commands to ensure your walk is as safe as possible. The standards, like “sit,” “come,” and “stay” should work just fine. Should your dog dart off after a chipmunk or get startled by a loud noise, you’ll want to be able to recall your pooch at a moment’s notice. Ask your veterinarian how to get started with training these basic commands.

Keep Dog on a Leash

Even if your dog is very obedient and always stays right alongside of you, it’s a good idea to keep him on a leash, especially if you’re walking far or in unfamiliar territory. Even some of the most well-trained dogs can behave unpredictably given the right circumstances. What’s more, some areas require dogs to be on leashes by law! Ask your vet if he or she knows about the local ordinances for leash requirements in your area.

Other Walkers

A leash and basic recall commands aren’t just good for preventing your dog from running out into the street or down a thicket-filled trail—they’re great for preventing unwanted contact with other walkers or pets. Remember, not everyone is a dog lover like you! Some people don’t want to be greeted with a slobbery kiss, and other dogs might not take kindly to it either. Even if your dog is very friendly, ask passerby if it’s alright for your dog to say hello.

Consult your Aurora veterinary professional for more helpful tips. It’s not hard to practice a little etiquette when walking your pooch, and it makes everyone safer and happier!

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