Dog Etiquette Tips: Being a Responsible Dog-Owning Neighbor
At some point in your life, you’ve probably had an unpleasant experience with a neighbor who didn’t seem to care whether he picked up after his dog or did the things you expect from courteous dog owners. To keep the peace on your street, here are the three ways you can be a conscientious dog-owning neighbor.
1. Install a fence. If you don’t have one already, you should consider getting a fence due to safety alone. Based on emergency vet visits across the nation, it’s assumed that anywhere from tens to hundreds of thousands of dogs are killed by car accidents every year. Aside from the possibility of getting hit, not having a fence also increases the likelihood for your dog to wander around and get lost. If you’ve ever experienced the agony of not knowing where your little four-legged friend is and whether he’s OK, that memory will be more than enough for you to never let it happen again.
Fences create a boundary between your and your neighbors’ properties and guarantee that your dog isn’t running into your their yard. In return, this keeps your neighbors happy, so they won’t have to worry about your pup digging a hole or running through their flowerbeds. According to HomeAdvisor, the cost of installing a fence ranges from $1,646 to $3,934, depending on your location and the materials you choose. Remember that it’s critical to select a fence that’s appropriate for your dog’s size.
2. Supervise your dog. Most dogs love the outside and especially enjoy moments when they get to see other animals like birds, squirrels, and other dogs. Unfortunately, not all of them can contain their excitement, which can then lead to excessive amounts of barking. Don’t be the neighbor with a dog that barks uncontrollably. The way to proactively fight against this is to go outside with your dog when he’s in the backyard. Or should you decide to let your dog out for a few minutes alone, stay near the vicinity of the back door. This allows you to keep an eye on your dog and listen for out-of-control barking. If anything else, supervising your dog is also important for safety.
3. Pick up the poop. Consider this the golden rule for any pet parent. No one likes to step on poop, so be sure to pick up after your dog every time he goes to the bathroom, whether it’s during his walk through the neighborhood or his potty break in the front yard after dinner. Even if it’s in your yard, you should still clean up your dog’s waste. Picking up your dog’s poop shows that you’re considerate of your neighbors, and it’s also helpful for your property value and your neighbors’ property values as well.
Perhaps the most important reason to pick up after your dog is because it protects him. As much as we don’t like to think about this, dogs do occasionally indulge in eating each other’s feces. Unfortunately, if this happens and it ends up being feces from a dog infected with Parvo, your dog can contract the virus. This viral infection wipes out the intestinal lining and can be fatal, especially in younger dogs.
We should always strive to be both responsible dog owners and courteous neighbors. We should live up to the same expectations we have of our neighbors. This is what it means to be a good neighbor.
Article submitted by Cindy Aldridge