Pets bring immense joy to their owners’ lives, but not everyone enjoys slobbery puppy kisses or the boundless energy of big dogs. And believe it or not, some folks don’t really enjoy dogs at all. Therefore, there are seven important etiquette tips to keep you and your dog in your neighbors’ good graces.
Put Up a Pet-Proof Fence
Installing a physical barrier between your pup and the neighbors can help instill warm fuzzy feelings all around. Whether your pup digs, does their business or annoys other animals on surrounding property, a fence is an excellent first step.
A sturdy wood fence, for instance, looks great and keeps your dog safe and contained—and keeps your neighbor’s yard in mint condition. In nearby Fort Worth, the cost of putting up a wood fence averages $1,875 to $4,472.
Start Training Your Dog ASAP
Training can make the difference between good and terrible pet-owning neighbors. After all, dogs who are not trained often perpetuate bad behaviors like chewing, barking, digging, and jumping up on people. Experts recommend beginning training as early as eight weeks of age for puppies, the AKC notes, so it’s never too early to start. You can head to popular retailers like PetSmart for a class, or hire a private trainer to work with you and your pooch one-on-one.
Practice Good Habits
While training your dog can help them learn good manners, you need to be consistent in reinforcing the behaviors. On the same note, you should also help your dog unlearn behaviors such as barking when you leave or return home.
Keeping your dog from barking during odd hours—or stopping prolonged barking in general—can do wonders for your community relationships. And keep in mind that if your pup causes too much of a disturbance, neighbors can report you to animal control or even the police department to complain.
Also, keep in mind that the law requires you to scoop your dog’s poop when you walk in public places, The Nest reports. So not only is picking up after your pet good manners, but it can also help you avoid expensive fines.
Maintain Current Tags (& Microchips)
Even with a sturdy fence, your pup might be able to escape. Therefore, you must keep their tags current. And while microchipping is a crucial safety measure for identifying lost pets, your neighbors won’t be able to scan the chip. Microchipping costs between $45 to $50 per pet.
Your pup’s tags should have your name and contact number so people in your community know where the dog belongs.
Being a proactive pet owner involves both caring for your dog and being aware of your community’s rules and perceptions. With these tips, you can ensure you’re both a good neighbor and an exceptional pet owner. And not only will the neighbors be happy, so will you and your pooch!