Outdoor Pet Etiquette

Outdoor Pet Etiquette

Proper outdoor pet etiquette can help keep you, your pet and others safe. Enjoy fun outdoor excursions — like a walk around the block or a trip to the dog park — with these few simple precautions.

Read the Rules

Most pet parks have strict rules and guidelines, so visit the park before bringing children or pets. Learn the park’s dog size and weight restrictions, leash laws, and vaccination and tag requirements. For example, many parks don’t allow young children, pet toys or treats — this helps curb territorial or aggressive behavior.

Street Smarts

Walking helps pets and people socialize, spend quality time together and stay in shape — but make safety your top priority. First, walk the neighborhood or street route alone. Are there unleashed dogs, heavy traffic or other potentially dangerous situations? Once you determine the route is safe, bring your dog along. Remain alert to traffic, other pets or unsupervised children.

Next, dress the part. Always wear bright and clearly visible clothing. Carry specially designed dog accessories, like reflective leashes or collars, to help keep your pet visible — especially at night.

Mind Your Manners

Exercise proper outdoor pet etiquette by following these three important rules:

  • Clean up messes: Always clean up your pet’s outdoor messes. It helps keep the dog park and your neighborhood route safe and sanitary.
  • Watch what they eat: Teach pets and children not to take treats from strangers. Never allow dogs to eat things on the road. Trash and unusual food items can lead to an upset stomach or food poisoning.
  • Enforce basic obedience: Always control your pet, especially around other animals. Basic obedience commands help reduce your pet’s bad behavior.

Outdoor Necessities

These handy items will keep you and your pet well-equipped for all your outdoor travels.

  • Properly fitting collar, leash and tags
  • Collapsible water bowl and bottled water — helps reduce germs and an upset stomach
  • Disposable bags and clean wipes
  • Don’t bring dog toys or treats; they might make pets defensive or territorial
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