Good pet manners go a long way with neighbors

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For as much as you love your dog, you are likely to have a neighbor or two who is not so enthused. While you can choose to either kill them with kindness or ignore them, it’s actually best to do everything possible to be a respectful neighbor in advance so they don’t have any reason to complain.

Establish Boundaries

Adding a fence in your backyard has two major benefits. For starters, it will keep your dog out of your neighbor’s yard. Second, you’ll provide your pooch with a safe area to run around, play, and do their business. The average cost to install a wood fence is about $2,400 nationally. Just make sure you make it high enough so your dog can’t jump over it and escape.

Consider An Obedience School

If you have an excessive barker or a jumpy or aggressive dog that pounces on every pooch and person in its path, consider enrolling him/her in an obedience school. The experience can also benefit you in a great way, as you’ll learn techniques that can help you manage your dog in a public and home setting. Instruction can also help improve your dog’s social skills while building safety skills to including everything from not nipping at others to preventing the temptation to run into the street where they could be hit by a car.

Don’t Ignore Leash Laws

Most states have a relatively strict leash law that requires you to keep your dog leashed in public places. It’s important that you respect this law for several reasons:

●       Prevention of your dog running away.

●       Avoid an incident where your canine jumps on or bites someone (the elderly/disabled, and children can be targets) which could lead to legal action.

●       Aggressive behavior between dogs, which could require euthanasia.

●       Possibility of harming local wildlife.

●       Protecting your pooch from an anti-animal/dog person who could possibly hurt — or worse — your dog.

Follow Dog Park Rules Carefully

Dog parks are the exception to the leash law as they have areas where canines are free to roam and play. Just make sure you’re a respectful owner and follow the rules, to include:

●       Ensuring your dog is up to date on its vaccinations and parasite control.

●       Removing your dog’s leash before it plays with others.

●       Implementing behavioral techniques when necessary and picking up waste.

 Don’t get distracted talking to other pet owners; you’re going to need to closely monitor your pet to ensure it’s not becoming aggressive with others — or vice versa.

Pick Up Waste

Removing waste is a must in any public area, but it’s also crucial that you’re regularly cleaning up your backyard, too. Contrary to what you may think, dog poop is not a good “fertilizer.” It’s extremely dangerous and can make humans sick. For example, if you’re walking barefoot in your yard, you’re at risk for coming in contact with roundworm and zoonotic hookworm eggs and larvae that live in the feces of an infected dog. Salmonella, campylobacteriosism and Giardia are among other parasites and bacteria humans can catch, so keep your family healthy by keeping a tidy yard.

It’s important to remember that being a dog owner is a full-time job. You’ve got to be willing to commit to making behavior skills while taking the time to regularly walk and play with your pooch so pent up energy doesn’t become aggressive. Owning a dog is a rewarding bonding experience.

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Blog courtesy of Cindy Aldridge. Cindy is a freelance writer and dog lover. She started Ourdogfriends.org as a fun side project for herself and to educate pet owners and potential pet owners about how dogs can enrich our lives. She enjoys writing about dogs and pet ownership.