Dog Etiquette: 7 Tips for a good canine citizen

February 26, 2017
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Do you notice that your dog goes nuts when meeting a new person? Does your dog jump up and knock friends over?

There are some basic commands your dog should know to not be considered the “Dennis the Menace” of your neighborhood. If you bring your dog to daycare, the dog park, or hang out at cafes and bars that allow dogs, it would be great if you made sure your dog has manners and doesn’t freak anyone out or embarrass you to becoming a recluse.

Here are 7 tips that every dog and their owner should know

1: When walking your dog on public streets use a leash. Some people are scared of dogs and some people do not like dogs. It keeps your dog too: squirrels, cats, and crazy bike riders could scare your dog and with a leash you can quickly act and make sure no one gets hurt.

2: When passing people and other dogs on the street move to the right or left to pass without conflict. No one wants to be wrapped or tripped by a leash.

3: Always carry a bag to clean up after your dog.

4: If your dog is mouthy and nips work with your dog to break that bad habit. Friends may not appreciate a dog who chews on their hands or grabs the bottom of their shirt and tears a hole.

5: Make sure your dog knows to sit, stay, and comes when called.

6: Try your best to make sure your dog does not jump up on strangers, especially if your dog is medium to large. Tell your friends to not excite your dog when they say hello. Best tip is to ignore your dog for a few minutes until the initial excitement wears off.

7: If you want to bring your dog to daycare or the dog park, make sure your dog is socialized and interacts positively. If your dog does not get along well with many dogs you may find yourself leaving the dog park within minutes with a grouchy dog in tow.

A well behaved dog takes time, effort, and consistency. Training can be fun but also hard. If your dog has a few bad habits, consider finding a trainer for a few lessons. Always remember, exercise helps too… a tired dog is often a good dog.


3 Responses to “Dog Etiquette: 7 Tips for a good canine citizen”

  1. barbara says:

    My 5 year old female pug will sit and stay. However, for the most part she plays the ‘deaf’ roll when I say ‘come’. It’s as if I’m speaking a foreign language. About the only way she will come is if I say, “you want a treat?”. Then it’s lickety split. How can I get her to come when I call. She is otherwise extremely well behaved.

  2. Robert says:

    You offered the solution. From now on, never call your dog with the command “come” unless you have a treat ready for a reward. Sometimes, mix it up and give more than one. Make it inviting not stern and say “come” with playfulness and good energy. Practice by playing hide-and-seek in the house. The few times you are out of treats, reward your dog as soon as possible with a short “come.” Practice it immediately when your dog’s attention wanders. You and your dog will have a much better relationship now!

  3. barbara says:

    Thank you for reinforcing what I’ve been doing.

    One other quickie! My Pug has trouble with her anal glands clogging and I have to have them expressed about every 2-1/2 to 3 months. Do you know of anything that can keep them from clogging like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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