Neighbourhood Dog Etiquette
As the weather gets warmer and people are spending more time outside, we want to take this opportunity to remind our residents of some general guidelines for owning and interacting with dogs in the community.
- Pick it up. Bring several bags on your walks to be sure you have enough. If you run out, either come back and clean it up later, or ask another dog walker if they have a bag to spare.
- Always leash your dog on walks. Not everyone is comfortable around dogs. Keep your dog close to you and stay alert to others. Your leash should be short enough to prevent your dog from contacting or jumping on passersby.
- Prevent barking. Practice getting your dog’s attention to easily redirect them if they bark at people or other dogs.
- Only let your dog greet a stranger if they ask. The same rules apply if you see another dog and owner approaching. Ask first and respect the other’s response.
- Be aware of other people’s feelings. If your dog does something to upset someone (jumping up, barking) apologize to them and take measures to prevent the situation from reoccurring.
- Enroll your dog in Polite Paws. This dog training program, offered by the UNA, will equip you and your dog with all the necessary skills and knowledge to happily function in the community. Interested? Sign-up here.