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Dog About Town.

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 on.

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.

 

 


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