Any pet parent knows that living with a dog can be a little bit unpredictable at times. You’ve learned to love the ways in which your dogs choose to assert their personalities in your home, but what about when you’re out and about your community? Are you and your dogs good neighbors and a great addition to your community? Here are our top three tips to keeping the peace and ensuring your neighborhood is clean, safe and pleasant for you, your pups and your neighbors.
The number one rule when it comes to shared spaces—clean up after yourself (and your pups). Even though you and your neighbors don’t share a roof, you do live in the same community, so picking up your dog’s doo is not only the right thing to do but it will also ensure your neighborhood keeps its appeal. Look for DOGIPOT® Pet Stations, Litter Pick Up Bags and waste receptacles throughout your community to dispose of your pup’s waste safely and easily. If you find receptacles are few and far between, be sure to bring it up at the next neighborhood meeting, let your community or apartment manager know, or inform the city.
Unless you have a fenced-in space, don’t leave your dog unattended and off-leash in your backyard or front porch. Not only could Fido wander off and onto your neighbor’s property, your pup could get seriously hurt if they find their way to the street or go missing. Another good tip to keep in mind is not to let your dog roam too far from you if you’re taking them for a walk on a retractable leash. Even a well-behaved dog could get tempted by a neighbor carrying groceries into the house and if you’re half a block behind them, you might not be able to catch them in time to stop a messy situation.
Whether you’re new to the community or a new neighbor has just moved in, introductions are always a good idea. Introducing your dogs to your neighbors is not only a courteous move, it also lets your pups get familiar with their surroundings, helping them to grow more comfortable with new people and things. Let your neighbors know that they are always welcome to come to you with any concern regarding your pets, and show them just how much of a good boy your pup really is.