Bus Stop Etiquette for Your Dog | Back to School Tips

by Sep 14, 2019Dogs, Safety0 comments

Labor Day has passed and school is in full swing! Everybody is settling into their daily routines, including the family pup. One of your dogs’ favorite activities may be seeing their best friends off at the bus stop or greeting them after a long day away!

Bus stop trips are an excellent opportunity for your pup to get fresh air and practice basic manners. In order to keep your pup and other families safe, however, there are some guidelines you should follow:


Respect the Leash Law

Make sure your dog is on a sturdy, non-retractable leash. First of all – it’s the law! It will also keep your dog safe and the families around you more comfortable and accepting of your pooch. A 4 to 6 foot leather leash is our recommendation and preferred method of restraint.


Be Aware of Personal Space

You and your family LOVE your dog. Others might not! Avoid allowing your dog to jump on or toward others. Keep barking to a minimum. Most of all, stay attentive and conscious of your dog’s behavior at all times.

Similarly, do not allow your dogs to approach other dogs or children. Some dogs are leash reactive. Some dogs might be in training. Most dogs don’t like other dogs or little humans running up in their personal space. Stay in control and advocate for your pet.


Scoop the Poop

Pick up your dog’s poop. It sounds simple but sometimes people forget! Is the bus stop in front of other’s homes? Be polite and do not allow your dog to pee on their flowers.


Use the Opportunity

Bring some training treats and use this opportunity to practice some basic manners. The bus stop provides distractions to ignore. Practice some heeling and sit-stays on your way down the road. This is a great time to reinforce basic commands and get your pup’s mind working.


The bus stop can be the perfect place to get your dog used to new distractions, practice impulse control and master basic commands. Be sure to stay aware, implement the above tips and your trip to the bus stop will be full of fresh air, laughter and wagging tails!


Do you have any additional tips to add? Comment below and tell us all about them!

To learn how RCO Pet Care’s team of professional pet sitters can help you safely transition your furry crew this back-to-school season, check out our services, contact us or call us at (203) 641-2428.

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