What to Be Aware of When Bringing Dogs into Public Places
It seems that no matter where you look or where you go, dogs are everywhere, from banks to cafés to public transportation. This undeniably stems from the fact that dogs are starting to become the most loved members of the family. After all, the desire to be around dogs 24/7 comes from a loving – and scientific – place.
Ignoring the rules and bringing dogs into public places can pose a safety concern for pretty much everyone involved. No matter how well-adjusted to strangers or noises your dog might be, being brought into a bustling, crowded shopping mall can be a major sensory overload for them. About 5 percent of people are scared of dogs, which, in theory, means one out of every 20 people you walk past can be stopped in their tracks from fear. You’re also putting the 30 percent of the population that’s allergic to dogs at risk, either directly or indirectly. Let’s say you’re carrying your small dog through the aisles of a retail store, and they end up brushing against some sweaters. If someone who’s allergic tries on one of those tops a few minutes later, it creates a huge problem. We also can’t forget that there’s people who just don’t like dogs or find them disconcerting.
Once you’ve found a place that’s dog friendly, there are a few pieces of etiquette dog owners should follow. Arguably, one of the most important ones to keep in mind is to know your dog’s temperament and keep them out of situations where they can be harmful to others. Make sure they’re on a leash at all times, unless otherwise instructed, and if they’re allowed off leash, don’t leave them unsupervised. Be armed with bags to clean up any messes, ensure that your dog’s in good health and make sure you have food and water for them. Remember, even though you’re aware of your dog’s quirks, other people may not have the same cognizance. Always ask permission before interacting with someone else’s dog.