Tips for Being a Good Pet Neighbor

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Tips for Being a Good Pet Neighbor

If you have a pet, here are some tips for being a good pet neighbor.  After all, who needs to have problems with your neighbors?  That's the last thing you need.

Along with owning a pet comes the responsibility of being a good pet neighbor.


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Make sure your dog is on a leash before you leave your house.  In other words, don't open your garage door without having your dog's leash on first and in your hand.   Seems simple, but it happens.  

Some counties have a leash law.   Palm Beach County is one that does.  Know the laws where you live.  

If you live in a pet friendly gated community or a pet friendly 55+ gated community, they also have rules with regard to leashing your dogs.



Train your dog.  Some dogs don't get along well with other dogs.  They may have been abused or bitten earlier in life, and that's just how it is. Then keep your distance from other dogs. 

Don't let you dog near the other dogs.  Find alternate times to walk your pup.  Go either a little earlier or later to for a walk.  It will make your life easier and your dog's life less stressful.  

If you have a dog with issues, tell your neighbors, so they know to stay away.  It makes it easier for everyone involved.  Your dog may be fine with you and at home, but may get stressed around other dogs outside. 

Tell your neighbors upfront so they keep their dogs at a distance.



No one, not even you, wants to hear constant barking.  Find something that works.  Read training books.  Talk to trainers.  Whatever you have to do, but try to break any constant barking.  

This will make your life more peaceful as well as that of your neighbors.  Especially if you live in a pet-friendly condo.  Even though it's pet friendly, no one wants to hear constant barking.



This one is not even up for discussion.  Just do it.  Carry a few bags with you and pick up the poop.  No one likes stepping in poop. 

Dog bags are easy to get today.  Some communities even offer them at pet stations.  If not, you can buy them online or in any pet store.   

This will make a big difference to your neighbors.  They will see you as a responsible pet owner.  After all, that's what you are.  



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Comments (9)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Elyse- these seem to be common sense but it's sad that some pet owners don't get it. I'm happy to see more and more walking areas that have doggie bag stations for pet owners. And if you are out walking your dog, be alert when other dogs are approaching. 

Jun 08, 2022 04:11 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Kathy,  You would think so.  And you're right to be alert when other dogs are approaching.  If I see another dog, before I will approach him/her, I always ask permission first.

Jun 10, 2022 09:47 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Elyse Berman, PA these are very valuable list of tips for being a good pet neighbor.

Jun 08, 2022 05:54 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you John Pusa .

Jun 10, 2022 09:48 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This is a great post. Here is a PET peeve of mine...when a neighbor lets the dogs out in the yard EVERY time we have a showing, then they let them bark up a storm.

Jun 09, 2022 05:43 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Yes, exactly.  Who wants to live next to all that noise?  I don't blame you!

Jun 10, 2022 09:49 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being that I am not much of a pet person myself, I am definitely impressed by good pet neighbors.

Jun 09, 2022 05:55 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

That's understandable Brian.  Pet owners need to be respectful of everyone.  

Jun 10, 2022 09:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elyse, great tips for dog owners who walk their dogs.   It stinks when you try and mow your yard and find a pile, and you don't own a dog.

Jun 09, 2022 05:58 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Joan,  I don't blame you.  And it also stinks when you step in it, whether or not you own a dog!  If you have a dog, pick it up.  It's your responsibility.

Jun 10, 2022 09:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No argument from me, Elyse. Leasing one's dog is just so important and I see so many people who take chances with their dogs by not doing so. Saw a post in NextDoor the other day where someone's dog was hit by a car while they were out for a walk... if that isn't a lesson to keep your dog on a leash, I don't know what is.

Jun 09, 2022 08:55 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I see that too, Nina.  And it's usually people with little dogs.  I'm so sorry to hear about the dog that got hit by the car, but what were they thinking?

Jun 10, 2022 09:56 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

I sold a home recently and the seller said she coordinated times to let their dogs out with her neighbor. The homes are on smaller lots so they worked it out where one would let their pest out at the top of the hour and the other at the half hour. That way the didn't have the dogs barking at one another.

Jun 10, 2022 07:56 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

That was pretty smart, Carla.  I like that idea.  And it makes sense.

Jun 10, 2022 09:57 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Elyse Berman, PA This is a fantastic post and one that should be shared. We are having problems in our development with an owner that is not a good pet owner. 

Jun 12, 2022 03:42 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hannah Williams There is no excuse for that.  Someone needs to speak to that person or whatever the condo rules say must be done.

Jun 14, 2022 04:40 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Elyse, 'Good Pet Neighbor' !  I so like the term.  I doubt if there has been one of us that have not heard the constant barking from the 'Non' good pet neighbor.  And that seems to come mostly after the head hits the pillow.  Good post.  Mark

Jun 13, 2022 06:45 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho Understandable and no excuse for it.  The only saving we have is some of our homes now have impact windows.  We don't hear anything through them, although the dogs do!

Jun 14, 2022 04:42 PM