Dog Etiquette Guidelines: Quick Tips for a Well-Behaved Dog

As a loving dog owner it's hard to understand, but the truth is not everyone is crazy about your dog. In fact, there are dog owners who profusely love their own dog but will not like yours if it's not well behaved.

Misbehaved dogs can be annoying to humans and may harm other dogs. To avoid headaches follow these dog etiquette guidelines to ensure your dog is well-behaved when out in public.

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Pick Up the Poop

This is the number one reason dogs are banned from many places. Always, always, always have poop bags with you and clean up after your pet.  

Know When to Leash and When Not to Leash

It's sometimes hard to find a place where your dog can actually be a dog and roam around freely. Even if your dog has the greatest recall in the world, it's always a good idea to leash your pup when sharing space with others who don't have dogs. It's also proper dog etiquette to leash up when you see other dog owners who have their dogs on a leash.

Stay in Designated Play Areas

When at a park, keep your dog away from the kids play area. Playgrounds are great agility courses for Fido, but parents don't like dogs playing around in the kid's zone. Plus children may not know the proper way to approach a dog, which may cause trouble. To keep everyone safe, find your own open space to play with your four-legged friend.

Follow Proper Dog Etiquette at the Beach

Whether it's an off-leash or leashed beach, always remember to clean up after your dog to keep the sand and water clean. If your pup doesn't have good recall, then leash him. It's okay for Fido to dive in the water, but teach him to avoid areas that are populated with swimmers, boogie boarders or waders. If your dog does take a splash, keep an eye on him to make sure he stays safe.

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Dog Etiquette While Camping

Wag more, bark less! If you have a dog that barks a lot at butterflies, leaves, anything that moves, or all night long, please consider training your dog before you head off on your camping trip. Camping offers beautiful nature sounds; don't let constant barking ruin that experience for other campers. Make sure Fido understands your 'quiet' command if he does let out more than a couple barks.

Also, dogs love to explore and sniff new things, but keep him at your campsite. A 20-foot leash allows your dog some freedom to roam around without wandering into someone else's space.

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Traveling Dog Etiquette

Always relieve your dog before going into public places, hotels, planes or cars. Look for a designated potty area or somewhere away from high traffic. If you stay at a dog-friendly hotel, never leave your dog unattended in the room unless they are in their own crate.

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