Dog Walking Etiquette

Walking your dog can be a way to relax or a chore, but it can also be full of potential etiquette faux pas. Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips to make sure your neighborhood walks with Fido don’t become a breeding ground for bad manners.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #202

Tip #3: Clean Up

The other day, I was walking my dog and saw a neighbor walking his. I gave a neighborly “Hi” and a wave, right before I bent down to pick up my dog’s waste with a plastic bag. The neighbor’s dog had the same idea. But when he was done, the neighbor just kept on walking…leaving the waste right there on the sidewalk!

Even worse, I happen to know that this person is a repeat “dog poop” offender! And what’s worse than that, this same person allowed their dog to lift his furry leg and relieve himself onto someone’s trash can. UGH! So now, this “neighbor” (if we can call him that) has allowed fecal landmines to lie across our neighborhood and didn’t blink when his dog “fertilized” a neighbor’s property. So wrong.

If your dog has to go #2, use a plastic bag. That’s it; no options. Pick it up, tie it up, and dispose of it either in a public trash can or in your own, NOT in your neighbor’s. I know, I know, it’s SUCH a burden, but come on folks, you chose to have a dog, you knew the consequences. Did you expect it to poop sunshine and flowers? Not only is it disgusting not to pick up your dog’s waste, but it inevitably ruins someone else’s day. Everyone has stepped in dog poop some time in their life and NEVER has anyone said, “Great! My lucky day!” So, show your neighborly manners and keep your dog’s waste where it belongs—in the garbage.

Do you have a great story about an improper dog owner in your neighborhood? Post all the details in Comments below. 

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