3 Tips for Dog-Walking Etiquette for Apartment Communities

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3 Tips for Dog-Walking Etiquette for Apartment Communities

Staff Writer · Jan 13, 2010

While your landlord may allow pets in your apartment complex, there are still some rules of dog walking etiquette that should be followed. The important thing to remember when living in an apartment community is that it is shared space and that you have to be courteous of other renters. Here are some tips that you can follow to make walking your dog a little more pleasant to others around you.

1. Always Pick-up after Your Dog

There is nothing worse than walking out in your front yard or taking a leisurely walk down the sidewalk only to step in a pile of dog leftovers. Not only does your landlord probably expect you to pick-up after your dog, but your neighbors do as well. It is simply a matter of respect for others and a responsibility to your dog.

Try buying some dog bags that are made for picking up after your dog. They are relatively inexpensive at roughly $4 for a package of 50 bags. Doing this can show others in your community that you respect your right and their right to live a nice poop-free environment. It will also help you to steer clear of any confrontations with your neighbors and your landlord.

2. Always Keep Your Dog on a Leash

Whether your dog is friendly to strangers or not, you should always keep him on a leash. Not only is it safer for your dog to be on a leash, but it is also proper etiquette in an apartment complex.

While you know the mannerisms of your dog and how friendly he is, your neighbors probably don’t. In addition, you may have some neighbors who simply are not dog lovers or are afraid of dogs and would prefer that your dog does not jump on them or annoy them. Keeping your dog on a leash can help prevent these problems.

Another important thing to remember is that cars are always coming and going in an apartment complex parking lot. Chances are that many tenants will find it annoying if they continuously have to maneuver their cars around to avoid hitting your dog. Avoid this by keeping your dog on a leash at all times.

3. Don’t Walk Your Dog at Odd Hours

One of the things that your neighbors will find truly annoying is your continuous habit of walking your dog at two in the morning. Especially if you are living on the third floor of an apartment building and your neighbors are constantly hearing your dog run down the stairs in the early morning hours-they will be annoyed.

The best way to avoid this is to keep a strict schedule for your dog and adhere to it. Undoubtedly there will be times when the schedule gets stretched a bit, depending upon your schedule. But the important thing here is to be respectful of your neighbors sleeping and living habits. You can avoid having this problem if you make the attempt of taking your dog outside at reasonable hours.

The basics of dog walking etiquette in an apartment community are simple: be courteous of your neighbors and the community property. You must remember that you are living on shared property and that all of the tenants have a stake in its beauty. Likewise, you must also keep in mind that your shared living space is not sound proof and you should try to be respectful of your neighbors during the nighttime hours.

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