Your pet may be the cutest and most cuddly creature on the planet, but, it's likely, others might not love your pet as much as you do. Just like with human etiquette, there are “petiquette” rules everyone should follow to make life easier and more pleasant for pets and everyone else.
The first rule of pet ownership
Not picking up after your pooch is a big no-no. Not only does it show a lack of consideration for others, but doggie doo can also spread germs and illness. Picking up what your dog leaves behind is a common courtesy that every owner needs to honor.
Marking their territory
Dogs have an evolutionary urge to sprinkle on trees, plants, and flowers. Since urine can burn and kill plants, make sure your dog varies their routine, so they do not ruin the landscaping.
To approach or not approach
When you see an approachable pooch or cat, you should first ask their owner if they are friendly and if you can pet them. If your pet doesn’t like attention, consider buying them a "do not pet" leash or harness.
Walk this way
Even if your dog is calm and gets along great with people and other pets, they should always be on a leash while on a walk. Keep your pup close to you by ensuring the leash is short enough to prevent your dog from making contact with passersby.
On the road
It is poor etiquette to assume your dog is welcome in everyone’s home. If invited to stay at a friend's house, do not assume your pet is invited as well. If your host okays your pet staying in their home, ask questions. Will Fido or Fifi be allowed inside to interact with people? Do they expect your pet to stay outside or mostly in a crate? Setting expectations before you arrive will make for a smoother trip.
Etiquette Pro Tip: Let your host know you have a pet by asking them about pet boarding options near their home. Your question might inspire them to extend an invitation to Fido or Fluffy. If not, it is time to make other plans for your pet.
Pet ownership brings joy and responsibility. It is a polite pet owner’s job to prioritize the comfort and safety of both animals and people.