Well after my experience with an irresponsible pet owner yesterday, I thought I would like to refresh people on some I like to call “petiquette” aka Pet Etiquette as Rolo could have seriously gotten hurt yesterday and luckily I was in front of him. I hope these tips can create a better environment for you and others around you whether you are visiting a vet office, at a coffee shop, pet store etc.
Leashing: While you are standing there, you should be holding your leash with a small lead (comfortable & not choking), not at the end of the leash especially if you are in a small area. As I experienced yesterday, while someone came out from behind a door holding the end of their dogs leash, their dog tried to attack Rolo. They had no control of what their animal was doing. I believe this is completely unacceptable because if their dog would have actually got a hold of Rolo, they’re would have been some major problems.
Cell Phones: While you are in a confined office/retail space with your pet and possibly other pets, it’s best to keep that phone tucked away as you should be paying attention not just in watching your pet but the surroundings too. Sometimes it may not be your pet who is an instigator but it could be others. So if you have two pet owners not paying attention to what their animals are doing, there could be problems. Better to be safe than sorry.
*RANT* This is also another reason why I do not bring my dog to the local dog park because there are so many pet parents there drinking their coffee, talking to others or talking on their phones and not paying attention to their pets. I have seen many dogs scrap there and their owners not pay attention while me and others jump in trying to break the dogs up.
Messes Happen: When I was younger and would take my childhood dog to the local pet store in BC, no matter what Sparky felt like she needed to pee down an isle every time we would go there. It wasn’t just a puddle, Sparky did this thing that I like to call “Pee-Walking”. There would be a looooong puddle down and isle from her. Dogs make messes, sometimes it could be other pet smells, nervousness or just another surrounding that they are not used to. Don’t be ashamed, tell someone or ask for items to clean it up. Please do not just leave it there for someone to discover on their own. Yuck!
We hope that these tips on these top three items or well pet peeves of mine can make a difference in your next office/retail visit with your pets.If you have any more ideas of great “petiquette” that others should follow, please comment below and share your ideas :)
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