Dog walkers should show consideration, not just for the dog in their car, but also for their environment. Doing so will help keep the local area clean and pleasant for everyone out walking their dog or taking their children to the park.
Show Consideration for Other People’s Property
A considerate dog walker will take steps to prevent their pet from urinating or defecating on other people’s fence, wall, lawn or elsewhere on their property. Do not become “that dog walker” by allowing your dog free rein to relieve themselves wherever they want to on other people’s property.
Whenever you walk in a built-up area, always keep your dog on a short lead and under strict control so that you can quickly take steps to prevent your dog from approaching a fence, wall or someone’s lawn and then relieving themselves. Keeping to footpaths as much as possible can also help to lessen this problem.
Pick Up After Your Dog
Dog fouling is a particularly unpleasant form of littering and should be avoided at all costs. Not only is it nasty to walk in a befouled area, but it is also a serious health risk. Dog fouling is a criminal offence in the UK and carries a maximum penalty £1,000 if the case goes to court. Dog walkers should always be prepared to pick up after their dog by carrying dog waste disposal bags or even plastic carrier bags can be used to pick up after your dog.
Do not run the risk of allowing your dog to foul in a public area by always having a steady supply of bags with you during dog walks. Carrying a single bag during a walk is not always sufficient, as some dogs will need to go twice or perhaps even three times during walks.
Keep Challenging Dogs Under Control
Some dog owners are reluctant to admit that their pet is a challenge or a nuisance. Rather than bristle at the suggestion that Fluffy should be kept under control, you should see it as your duty to protect other dogs, children and anyone else from harm.
Identify troublesome behaviours such as aggression towards other dogs or children and make every effort to keep your dog under control. Avoid areas where you know other dogs or children will be and muzzle your dog if necessary to try to control how your dog behaves in public.
Dog walkers should do all they can to show consideration for their environment. They can do this by showing respect for other people’s property, picking up after their dog and by keeping challenging dogs under control.
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