Dallas here. Betcha missed me, right?
Recently, the dog-walking service called Rover contacted Mama, suggesting she write a post on the etiquette of dog-walking. Huh, like a human knows anything about that!
So I skooshed Mama off her chair and said, “I got this, girlfriend!”
Dogs know ALL about walkies. It’s you humans who don’t know how to walk us without letting us become a nuisance, so listen up:
- Use a leash. Unless you’re in the middle of a desert or a cow patch, snap a leash on your dog. Some folks are afraid of dogs; besides, you don’t want to watch us race into traffic and get run over, do you?
- Keep us tethered close. I hate when dogs attached to retractable leashes roam far and wide. There’s a reason those leashes lock, and it’s so your pooch doesn’t have to be in my business if I don’t want him there. Nor does Mama or some unsuspecting bicyclist want dogs jumping on them.
- Vaccinate your dog. I’m finicky about germs. Mama keeps me healthy, and I don’t want your dog giving me kennel cough or some other crud. If your fur-pal isn’t well, keep him home.
- Greet others warily. For all you humans who say Fido doesn’t bite — he’s got teeth, doesn’t he? That means he can bite. Whether he chooses to isn’t up to you. Don’t force us to interact and don’t touch me unless Mama says it’s okay.
- Watch your kids. If you’ve got little kids, don’t let them race from their front porch to a passing dog — even if they “know” that dog. Dogs view such behavior as threatening. Teach kids to be calm around dogs and keep their hands away from our mouths.
- Pay attention. I’ve had other dogs growl at me, bark at me, and lunge at me…how rude. Mama has gotten rope burns — and even been knocked completely over — when some other dog’s leash wrapped around her legs. We’re excited to be out on a walkie; it’s up to you to contain our enthusiasm.
- Scoop. This stands to reason, you know. We dogs can’t pick up after ourselves (no opposable thumbs). We count on you humans to carry a bag with you and use it. Especially since we usually prefer pooping in the Yard of the Month…while the owner is looking on!