Trail Etiquette: Picking Up After Your Dog

Here’s how to avoid those awkward confrontations about your dog’s poop!

Let’s face it, almost all of us have experienced these awkward confrontations before. Whether you’re a dog owner, dog walker, or just a passerby enjoying your stroll we can’t help it when a dog just has to do its business.

Picking up after your dog is one of the responsibilities of a dog owner, but some people just don’t bother doing it. So why bother taking your dog out to the park or in the trails?

Read a brief summary below, or check out the article and tell us what you think!
The article also provides 10 tips for taking your dog on the trail.

“It is a privilege to use the public lands for dog walking. Dog walkers should be customer service oriented and professional when encountering others on the trails.” Geared towards the professional dog walker but this fundamental idea applies to individual dog owners as well. A simple concept, be courteous, respectful of other’s space, and friendly when walking dogs.

It is important for non-dog-people to exercise the concept of favorable behavior as well. The withering looks that I’ve received from walking six well behaved, leashed dogs would make Emily Post roll over in her grave. Dog owners might miss seeing a poop. Dogs might steal cookies, sandwiches and stuffed animals but I can assure you no dog owner in their right mind is telling their dog “ok see that kid with a cookie, go get it” or “make sure to poop behind me, so I don’t have to pick it up.”

Finally, be aware of your surroundings. For non dog people with kids, if you see dogs approaching immediately leash your child. I am joking but do not let them rush up to a bunch of dogs. Dog owners and walkers must be aware of other trail users by making sure to honor their space and keep a close eye on your pet at all times. Remember, no one is perfect and obviously no dog is perfect.

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