Conscientious Dog Ownership 101

Kyle Souza
Kyle Souza
Published on June 11, 2018

If you are a dog owner, you likely love all of your pooch’s quirks. Your neighbor, however, may not be on the same page as you regarding your dog. If your pet behaves poorly, then your neighbors may curse your dog’s barking and mess-making behind closed doors. Dog etiquette falls squarely on the shoulders of owners. A well-trained dog may take some time, but the investment is well worth securing neighborly relationships in the future. Here are some of the basics of dog etiquette and some tips on how to keep your dog in line.

Most People Expect a Well-Behaved Animal

According to surveys by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), over 36 percent of American households own dogs. That leaves a sizeable amount of people who choose to not own dogs. The majority of people have favorable views of dogs, even if they do not take on the responsibility of ownership. Whether your neighbors have dogs, and whether they love dogs in general, responsible dog ownership requires that you train and manage your pet’s behavior.

How to Curb Some Annoying Dog Behavior

There are several steps you can take to stop or minimize some of your dog’s offensive behaviors. A loud dog that wakes up the everyone within a mile early in the morning or late at night is the bane of many neighborhoods. The first rule is to resist the inclination to yell, as your raised voice just sounds like barking to your dog and he may just join in on the noise. The next is to identify why your dog is making noise. The reason for the barking will determine how it is best addressed. Here are some dog ownership and training tips to curb excessive barking.

  • Remove the temptation to bark. For example, if your dog barks at other dogs, incorporate socialization with other dogs and reward him for not barking around those that he meets. If your dog loves to look out the window every day and bark at the world that passes by, you can curb that behavior by restricting access to that window.
  • Teach your dog the “quiet” command. Using a reward training method, permit your dog to bark, then tell him to be quiet while you gently hold his muzzle (mouth and nose area) shut. Do not be aggressive or loud in your actions or commands.

Calm Your Dog Through Adequate Exercise

One of the best and easiest ways to ensure your dog’s good behavior is to give him plenty of exercise. Idle dogs engage in destructive and inappropriate behavior out of boredom and excess pent-up energy. Take your dog on frequent walks, play with him at home during rainy or too-cold days, and give him the enjoyment of free-running at a local dog park. Don’t forget mental exercise, which some say is more tiring to a dog than running.

When at a local dog park, make sure to follow safety rules and remember that you should follow dog park etiquette. Of course, make sure your dog is up to date on all his vaccinations and keep him home if he is feeling under the weather. Even though you should keep an eye on your dog at all times at a dog park, make sure that he has ID tags in the event he escapes your control. Lastly, just like in your neighborhood, make sure that you clean up after your dog’s messes.

Being a good dog owner means investing the time to make sure your dog is happy. His behavior will improve, and training will become easier as time goes by.

Article courtesy of Aurora James with

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Being a dog owner myself I enjoyed Aurora’s article and agree with her tips.  These days, with so many people that don’t pick up after their pets, it makes other people not like us dog owners that are conscientious, I always have bags with me to pick up after my dogs.  I was actually reading a post on the app Nextdoor today and someone was asking to have a petition signed to get a dog beach in Carlsbad.  There already is an accepted beach area in the lagoon where dog owners can bring their dogs to play in the sand and swim in the water.  I guess this dog owner wanted a place on the main Carlsbad beaches or something.  The comments were kind of funny as some people signed it right away while one person said “NO Dog Beach! NO! NO! NO! Hard enough keeping our beaches sanitary as it is.”  He’s obviously not a dog owner, LOL.  

I love being a dog owner and as one, we all must remember to respect other people and make sure that we are great neighbors, not everyone loves dogs or dog owners 🙂

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