Your local area is your safe haven for the whole family, including your puppy. It’s that familiar place where day-to-day life unfolds. And it’s the same for your neighbours and their puppies.
So what better way to socialise with the locals than by walking your puppy? For one, you get to see some of your friends, and your puppy gets to see and smell all sorts of new and interesting things as well.
You probably already know that being a good neighbour means being respectful of other people’s property and wellbeing. This goes for your canine loved one as well. Here are a few helpful tips that will help keep your neighbours happy on your next puppy walking trip.
Keep your puppy off private property
When you walk your puppy, keep him away from private property – unless you have permission from the owner first, of course!
Pick up after your puppy
Pick up your puppy’s waste promptly all the time, and everyone will be happier. If you have kids, this job could be an opportunity to teach them about responsibility.
Prevent your puppy from being a garden nuisance
If your puppy runs alongside your fence, particularly if he is a large breed puppy, it could be something your neighbours don’t appreciate. Supervise your puppy closely when he’s out of the house.
If your puppy is barking outside, bring him in. If he barks inside and you can’t control it, it’s time to get some professional training. After all, minimal barking makes for minimal headaches all around.
Walk your puppy on a lead
It may seem like common sense, but allowing your puppy to run loose outdoors can be dangerous for him, and possibly for others in the local area. Even if your puppy is impeccably behaved, it’s still a good idea to keep him on a lead for safety reasons in certain instances, such as when walking alongside a road or if young children are nearby.
Keep your puppy healthy
Help keep your puppy well-nourished by feeding him a nutritionally complete and balanced puppy food such as PURINA® BETA® Puppy. Take your puppy to the vet regularly to keep his vaccinations current, to keep him free from internal and external parasites, and to be sure he is in good general health.
Don’t walk your puppy until he can be properly identified in case he escapes. Puppies should wear collars with an identification tag. It is now also the law to microchip you puppy from the age of 8 weeks, so make sure you have this already booked in with the vet.
Most importantly, socialise and have fun! Introduce your puppy to other local puppies early on. Go for group walks or take a trip to the park with other owners in your area. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours, and your puppy is sure to enjoy the company of a new playmate or two.