Etiquette is the way in which we conduct ourselves around others. There are rules for how to act at a dinner table, at a party, at school, and even when conversing with strangers. There are also rules for how to be a good dog owner. These focus not only on how we tend to our dog’s needs, but how we present our dog to the rest of the world. Being a dog owner means taking responsibility for our pet’s actions and making sure that these actions do not disrespect or inconvenience others. Here are four basic dog etiquette rules that you should be familiar with.
If you are planning to get a pet for the first time, the excitement, options and concerns over your life-changing decision may seem overwhelming. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to help make the transition smooth for you and your new four-legged friend. It all begins with knowing your current and projected living situation, and fully understanding a pet’s role in your life.