En­joy out­doors— but re­spect the rules

Bay News - - YOUR PETS - Mar­garet Rawiri

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

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