The conference call went longer than you expected. Your next appointment is in one hour. It is time to jet home and take care of your best friend - your fur baby, pup, pain in the patootie ie; most loved crazy canine. Twenty minutes of travel time for the back and forth to your apartment, five minutes to open the door, greet your pup, get the leash and clean up necessities and get out of the door to take care of business. This leaves thirty-five minutes for the walk, a breather and a bite of lunch.
Here comes the neighbor with her two dogs, straining at their leashes and they are heading your way. She works from home and does not share your time constraints. She is grinning and excited that her pups get to expend some energy during their walk and wants the pups to visit and play. Your baby will not do her business with distractions, so you smile and try to head the other way. Sound familiar?
Your neighbor is nice, her dogs are friendly, but she does not have a clue as to the effect her visit has on your pup and your timeline.
Here are five things to consider as a dog owner/parent when living in an apartment.
Always walk your dog on a leash.
Always clean up their poop and throw the baggie in the trash.
Always ask permission to approach a dog whether you are alone or with your own dog.
Key walk times (morning and lunch) are often very time sensitive. Do not intrude on other dog walkers during key walking times.
Respect and avoid the areas directly outside of a resident's patio.
As a responsible pet owner/parent, always have your pet's health records available and all immunizations up to date.