It’s natural to want your dog to join you on trips out of the house. But before you start taking your dog everywhere you go, you need to prepare. Here’s what responsible dog owners need to do to keep their dogs safe and well-mannered in public.
Public places have become increasingly dog friendly as our pets become more important in our lives. But it’s not always appropriate to let your dog come along. Except for trained service dogs, dogs shouldn’t accompany you to grocery stores or food-service establishments. The exceptions are restaurants with patio seating that specifically permit dogs.
Even if certain places allows dogs, it’s not necessarily a good environment for your pet. Before bringing your dog along, ask yourself if he’s likely to enjoy the setting. A dog-friendly bar might sound like a great time to you, but to your dog it could be over stimulating.
Before choosing to bring your dog, make sure you plan properly. Otherwise, you could end up in a situation where you’re at a non-pet-friendly business with nowhere to put your dog. It’s better to leave your dog at home than tie her in front of a shop or leave him in the car on a hot day.
Taking your dog along with you requires more than a leash and collar. To keep you both safe and happy on the go, make sure you’re equipped with these necessities:
No amount of gear can stop a poorly trained dog from misbehaving in public. Before you start taking your dog everywhere you go, it’s important to train him for public manners.
These are skills your dog should be trained in before you go out in public: