Help Your Pooch Be a Good Neighbor with These Dog Etiquette Tips

Help Your Pooch Be a Good Neighbor with These Dog Etiquette Tips

Do you and your dog get a friendly wave from your neighbors when you’re out for a stroll? Or, do you receive the cold shoulder, maybe even some stink eye? Your dog can be the source of friction if he doesn’t mind his manners. Here are some tips for helping Fido to become a better neighbor.

Lay a foundation.

If you have yet to invest the time and energy it takes to teach your dog some basic skills, that’s the first place to start. There are five basic commands every dog should know: “sit,” “stay,” “down,” come,” and “leave it.” Each command offers value when you’re out and about with your pooch.

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For example, “sit” is helpful when you bump into your neighbor, Joe Smith and want to chat for a few minutes, giving your dog a job to focus on instead of nosing Joe or piddling on the Smith’s shrubbery. “Stay” is helpful when Joe’s kids are playing ball and it rolls toward you, and you don’t want Fido to interfere while you pick it up. “Down” is nice when the chat becomes lengthy, such as when Joe’s wife sees you talking and comes out of the house to ask about your parents’ health, the weather, do you like your new car, and so forth. “Come” is useful if Fido elects to go after that ball rolling into the road, and “leave it” comes into play when Fido finds a half-eaten hamburger on the way back. Take the time to train each command in the comforts of your own home and yard. With his new repertoire of skills, walking with your pooch can be a more pleasant experience for everyone!

Leash training

Teaching your dog to walk well on a leash is another important basic. There are two schools of thought, either with Fido at your side or in front of you, and you should think about what will work best for you and your pooch. At your side is traditional and works well when there isn’t much pedestrian traffic sharing a sidewalk or other distractions, and in front of you can be preferable if your dog tends to get sidetracked easily. According to Petfinder, in front can be particularly handy in urban environments.

Whichever option you choose, the structure will make your walks more pleasant. As The Telegraph points out, even if your dog walks beside you off-leash without a hitch, a leash provides reassurance to other pedestrians.

Always scoop your dog’s poop on your walks! Your neighbors will appreciate your attention to this detail.

Good fences make good neighbors

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Many dog owners prefer to have a fenced-in section of yard for Fido to explore. It can ease your exercising burden and can greatly reduce concerns that your dog will potty in your neighbors’ yards. A fence also eliminates the opportunity for your dog to wander off to your neighbors without you, and eliminates concerns of unwanted visitors, canine or otherwise, wandering into your yard. Most homeowners spend between $216 and $4,399 to install a fence. If your pooch tends to be a barker or you want to reduce the chance for interaction with other people’s animals, selecting a solid fence can help.

A solid fence reduces what your dog sees and responds to, along with providing a physical barrier. Removing stimuli often helps, but if your dog continues to sound off behind a solid fence one idea is to teach the command “quiet.” You can also train your dog not to bark by ignoring the behavior while he’s doing it, and then turning to him and praising him when he stops.

Favorite of the neighborhood

If your pooch is unpopular with the neighbors, it’s up to you to improve the situation. Teach him basic manners and manage the environment appropriately. With basic etiquette on board, your neighbors can look forward to visiting with you and your dog!


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About the Author

Cindy Aldridge is a freelance writer who started as a fun side project through which to share her thoughts and insights on being a responsible dog owner."I'm originally from Phoenix, Arizona but I travel a lot with my dog."

Cindy wrote this article specifically for We thank her for her generosity in sharing her knowledge with our readers. You can google Cindy Aldridge @ to read other article by her.

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