Enjoy outdoors— but respect the rules
Getting out and about with your dog is not only good for your dog, it is good for you too.
It helps you create a deeper bond with your dog while getting some healthy exercise at the same time.
Thankfully the Bay of Plenty has quite a few really good countryside and public parks and walkways where you can walk your dog on and off lead. However there are a few things you need to remember to ensure that we continue to be able to use these areas.
Please always take a lead. Most areas do require your dog to be on a lead but even in those areas that don’t, it is a good to have one on you especially if there is any doubt about your dog’s behaviour with other dogs, animals and people.
You should also consider other people. Never allow your dog to rush up to people, especially young children and the elderly. Unfortunately not everyone loves your dog as much as you do and what you may know as your dog being overfriendly may terrify a young child or knock over an elderly person.
Always keep your dog with you or where you can see it. A dog that can’t see its owner can quickly become distressed and could be a target for a dog thief. If there is wildlife in the area never allow your dog to chase ducks or other wildlife. There will be official signs and noticeboards which should be respected as they are there for a reason.
The most important thing to remember always pick up your dog’s poos. Take plenty of doggypoo bags with you and responsibly dispose in the waste bins provided or take it home to your own rubbish bin. Standing in dog poo is amost unpleasant experience I think you would all agree.
Not everyone is a dog lover, so we should try to respect that. To ensure everyone gets on, dogs and people alike, we should just follow a few simple etiquette guidelines, to ensure our beloved dog has a great experience and receives that necessary exercise.
■ Tauranga SPCA, visit 43 Alach St. Phone 578 0245. PO Box 2087 Tauranga. www.taurangaspca.co.nz Facebook www.facebook.com/SPCATauranga