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General rules for entering a dog-friendly space

Category: Etiquette

For the public, here are some general rules for entering a space that allows dogs:

  1. Always have your dog on a leash unless the space specifically says it’s an “off-leash” space; even then, assess that it’s appropriate for your dog to be off-leash.
  2. Clean up after them. If you don’t have the necessary cleaning materials, let a manager know.
  3. Ensure your dog is appropriate for the environment you’re entering. If you’re not sure, then best avoid entering the space at all.
  4. If there’s more than 1 other dog in a small space and it could be a problem, then it’s best to avoid entering or staying in the space.
  5. If your dog has been sick, being in a public space won’t be appropriate for them.
  6. Ensure your dog is up-to-date with vaccines and flea treatments and doesn’t carry any contagious diseases.
  7. Some dogs need muzzles, ensure that if your dog needs one, that s/he wears one. In some places it is a condition of entry or use (e.g. public transport).
  8. Observe any other rules that the particular place may have for dog owners.
  9. You are responsible for any spills, breakages, irritations or disruptions – be mindful so that everyone can enjoy the space.

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