Dog Manners: How to Be a Great Pet-Owning Neighbor

Photo via Pixabay by  Pezibear

Photo via Pixabay by Pezibear

When you’re a pet owner, it’s important to keep in mind that your animal’s behavior affects the people around you.

When you’re a pet owner, it’s important to keep in mind that your animal’s behavior affects the people around you. From fellow pet owners at the dog park to your neighbors, many people will appreciate your pet’s good manners. Not only that, but some considerations you’ll need to keep in mind are listed below.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that you and your pet are responsible neighbors. From making sure your dog gets enough exercise to curb behavioral issues to installing a fence in order to keep him from going into the neighbor’s yard, there are several ways you can be a great pet owner. The key is to stay consistent so your pet won’t be confused and will quickly learn the right ways to behave.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.

Install a Fence

A fence can help keep your dog stay safe, and it can also ensure that he stays out of the neighbor’s yard. This can prevent a lot of problems, including keeping your pet from engaging in unsupervised breeding, making a mess, or sharing germs with neighboring pets. A six-foot wood privacy fence costs between $10 and $28 per linear foot, while the national average cost for fence installation is about $2,400. Do a little research and talk to your neighbors before making a decision; they might be willing to split the cost with you.

Keep Your Pet Healthy

Dogs can spread diseases to one another through saliva and urine/fecal matter, especially in public places like dog parks, so it’s important to keep your pet healthy. Take him to the vet for regular checkups and make sure he’s up to date on all his vaccinations. Ensure you bring bags along on walks so you can pick up after him, and keep his interaction with other dogs limited.

Give Him Plenty of Exercise

Many dogs can exhibit behavioral issues when they don’t get enough daily exercise. Your pet may begin got exhibit signs of anxiety — which can include pacing or pulling at the leash when you take him for a walk — or he might bark excessively or display aggressive or destructive behavior. Rough play can also mean he needs to get outside more. For some dogs, having a large backyard to run around in is enough, but others need daily exercise to burn off excess energy.

Train Your Pet

Some dogs are more mellow than others, but even they need to learn certain commands in order to stay safe and happy. To keep him from barking excessively or jumping on neighbors or guests, teach your dog the right commands and work with him to help him understand how to behave. Your pet will look to you for cues, so help him stay motivated by providing treats when he does something right. What’s more, training your pet can help him stay safe and will keep your neighbors happy at the same time.

When it comes to teaching your dog manners and keeping him happy, there are many ways you can help him mind his manners. Talk to your family members so that everyone is on the same page as far as training; it needs to stay consistent if your pet is going to learn the right way to behave. With a good plan, you and your pet can have a great year.


Guest Blogger: Penny Martin - penny@fureverfriend.org