Gracie and I have been enjoying dog friendly hangouts since 2007. The mission of Gracie's Bark is to learn, educate, and share stories about and with the dog community.
Gracie and I have noticed lately that quite a few dog owners have not been practicing good dog etiquette at some of the pet friendly places we blog about. Even though it is winter time, we still need to be responsible for our dogs.
Leashing your dog
Keeping your dog on a leash (unless otherwise specified) in a pet friendly area is the most effective way to keep your dog safe and enjoy your pet friendly adventure. I admit, there are times I take Gracie off the leash in certain areas to run and enjoy herself. But, I am always on high alert and make sure that I can see everything around me so she remains safe and under my verbal control.
We've all heard the excuses of I'll watch my dog, my dog is friendly, my dog likes other dogs, or nothing has ever happened before. It is important to remember no matter how well your dog has behaved in the past, your dog can be unpredictable. It is in their nature to follow their natural instincts whatever they may be.
Don't allow your dog to socialize or play with another dog unless it is safe to do so. It is always a good idea to walk along side another dog for a while to allow the dogs to become comfortable with each other and to build a level of trust with one another.
Please carry poop clean up bags at all times! Gracie and I cannot emphasize this enough. Keeping our pet friendly places clean is very important to us. We want to make sure we have a safe and clean environment for all the animals, wild and domestic, to enjoy.
Dogs in Training
Be mindful of people trying to train their dog. Not all dogs are approachable. If you notice someone working with their dog, give them some room if possible by walking around or away from them.
Keep in mind that it is a privilege to bring your dog to a designated pet friendly location. Practicing good dog etiquette will promote a healthy and fun environment for dogs and their owners to enjoy.
The next time you are out and about with your dog, make sure you've remembered to bring Gracie's 3 4 essential good dog etiquette items:
We would love to hear about your pet friendly adventures too! If you are looking for a pet friendly place to bring your dog, check out Gracie's Dog Friendly Activities.