Author: Jessica Brody
A conscientious dog owner will ensure his dog knows all the basic etiquette necessary for good neighborly relations. And despite the adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” even adult dogs can respond to a refresher in good manners. When you consider the fact that most of the data on neighbor pet peeves are literally pet peeves, it’s worth it to give your dog a refresher. The most commonly cited complaints were noise, bad behavior, and dog waste, but all of these complaints can be fixed if you approach them with a neighborly attitude.
In polite society, everyone knows that proper introductions are the way to start a relationship off on the right foot. Take the time to introduce your canine companion to your neighbors. As a conscientious owner, this simple step can tell you a lot about the people around you. Do they love dogs? Are they timid or scared of them? Reassure them that you want to be a good neighbor, and ask them to tell you if there’s anything amiss.
Here are a few other considerations from Dog Breed Cartoon.
Train your dog
Is your dog a good neighbor or a neighborhood menace? BarkPost suggests that the obvious solution for preventing neighborhood problems when you have a dog is to train him well. Most of us have met dogs that haven’t had the benefit of a good upbringing. Let’s face it, training a dog is a lot of work, but the payoff is worth the effort. A well-behaved dog is a joy to own, a faithful companion and a neighborhood asset.
One of the most common causes of neighbors’ complaints is excessive barking. Barking is how your dog communicates his feelings. But incessant barking at all hours of the day and night is a common problem.
Naturally, this doesn’t always go down well with the neighbors. How would you like to be barked at every time you venture outside your house? Teach your dog who belongs where – there’s no need to warn you every time the neighbor takes out his trash.
Dogs bark when they’re bored, lonely or scared. They also bark when they’re full of pent-up energy. That daily walk isn’t only good for you, it releases a lot of Fido’s excess liveliness and tires him out, and a tired dog is usually a quieter dog.
Here’s where your pooch needs your help. Nobody appreciates a dirty, smelly yard next door. This is an issue that remains an issue even if your yard is walled in or fenced and not visible to anyone else but you. Because let’s face it, poop smells and attracts flies and your neighbors don’t need to smell the proof of your dog.
And while it should go without saying, there are still people who don’t understand the importance of picking up after their dog. For starters, your neighbors are likely to be upset if you leave your dog’s waste in their yard or the street. And, in addition to attracting flies, dog waste also carries disease and parasites. So, buy a few rolls of doggy waste bags, and always keep them on hand for walks.
Don’t let your pet ramble around the neighborhood
The best yard for any dog is a fenced yard that clearly defines his territory and keeps him safe. Teaching him to behave is much easier when he can’t get out and make a nuisance of himself. Letting your dog roam around the neighborhood unsupervised is no way to get the neighbors to warm up to his presence.
If you’re prepared to install a fence, it’s important to determine which materials you want (wood, vinyl, chain link, etc.) and the exact location. Next, it’s time to look for local fencing companies that exhibit top ratings and glowing customer reviews. A quick “find a fence company near me” in your Google search will reveal a lengthy list, so be choosy. Once you decide on a few companies, connect with them for quotes first. Soon enough, you’ll have a new play area where your dog can roam freely.
As an animal lover, it’s hard to realize not everyone loves your dog. Some people may even be scared of him. Introduce him around the neighborhood, see to his training, give him boundaries and the neighbors will soon learn to appreciate your best friend.
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