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.
LEASH YOUR DOG
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
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.
TRY TO KEEP THE BARKING DOWN
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.
PICK UP THE POOP
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.