Taking your dog out on the town, to a park, for a walk, or an
outdoor event can be fun for you, your family, and your pet. There are
a number of things to keep in mind in preparation for these outings. The
first part is proper socialization of your dog when young. This entails
introducing your dog to a variety of other people, dogs, and situations
that he may encounter in the future. This helps him learn proper behavior
and will help him be calmer and more at ease with these situations later
Keeping your dog on a leash and under control is important for
safety and etiquette. Even a well-trained, well-behaved dog can have a
moment where they become over-excited by a squirrel, a child, or another
dog. Keeping your dog restrained is a courtesy to people who may be afraid
of dogs. Consideration of these safety factors can greatly improve by the
use of a leash.
Another etiquette issue is cleaning up after your dog. Not only
is it the polite and healthful thing to do, it is increasingly being required.
Dogs are becoming more restricted, in part, due to pet owners who don’t
take care of their dog’s mess.
Finally, be aware of your surroundings from a dog’s point
of view. Some dogs have personalities that are better suited for public
outings than others. Shy dogs and hyperactive dogs can have trouble with
a lot of excitement. Comfort wise, walking barefoot on hot pavement or
on harsh surfaces can cause distress for your dog. Also, your dog may need
rest and or water if out for any period of time. Being prepared will help
you and your dog enjoy your time out and about.