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Your dog sure does love going outside, especially with you! To make it a positive experience for you, your dog and everyone else you encounter (whether two- or four-legged), follow these simple tips for getting your pooch out of the house, including dog park and dog walking etiquette.
Make sure you know the dog park rules before bringing your canine companion. Common guidelines include:
Keep the reputation of your pooch and yourself in good standing by always cleaning up after your dog relieves himself. And honor signs on yards asking that you not curb your dog there.
How your dog interacts with other dogs and with people matters a lot and can impact how welcome dogs are in your neighborhood. If your doggie misbehaves with a person or another dog, apologize and work on fixing the behavior. Seek advice from your veterinarian or help from professional dog trainers if you struggle with any of these basic dog owner practices:
Proper dog etiquette is a good habit but safety is an absolute must for responsible dog owners. Stick to these basic safety strategies every time you take your dog out:
Make sure you have the right gear to keep you and your pet well-equipped for all your outdoor activities:
Remember, when a dog misbehaves, it’s usually because his owner (yep, that’s you) probably hasn’t established expectations. That’s okay because with time, patience, love and a willingness to work together, you can turn your dog into a model canine citizen. In fact, you can even have your pooch trained, tested and certified as a
Canine Good Citizen® through the American Kennel Association.
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