General rules for entering a dog-friendly space
For the public, here are some general rules for entering a space that allows dogs:
- 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.
- Clean up after them. If you don’t have the necessary cleaning materials, let a manager know.
- Ensure your dog is appropriate for the environment you’re entering. If you’re not sure, then best avoid entering the space at all.
- 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.
- If your dog has been sick, being in a public space won’t be appropriate for them.
- Ensure your dog is up-to-date with vaccines and flea treatments and doesn’t carry any contagious diseases.
- 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).
- Observe any other rules that the particular place may have for dog owners.
- You are responsible for any spills, breakages, irritations or disruptions – be mindful so that everyone can enjoy the space.
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