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Dogs in the city: the ultimate list of good practices!

We sometimes hear people say that they can't stand or don't like dogs. If you look a little deeper, you'll see that what they really hate are the nuisances caused by the presence of large numbers of dogs in our cities. And this is quite legitimate. But is the animal the only one to blame? The responsibility lies with dog owners, who are not very aware of certain good practices that can be adopted or taught to their dogs so that everyone can live together in harmony. But in fact, what are these citizen attitudes that make the daily life of each of us softer?

Nuisances in urban areas

Untimely barking from the balcony below from morning to night, pestilential smell of urine under the porch that we love to use to go and drink our coffee in the bar that we like the most, dog not held on a leash that surprises joggers or follows children on the way to school and scares them... Public garden with splendid flowered spaces but littered with excrements that spoil everything...

Even the most beautiful of our cities is becoming an infamous place and the pleasure of living there is not really there anymore. However, it doesn't take much for everyone to learn to love their place of life again and not be exasperated by the presence of dogs.

Stop dog waste in the city!

There are solutions - put in place a long time ago and available to dog owners - that prevent the accumulation of dog waste on sidewalks, in streets, parks, at bus stops, under doorways and others. These include:
  • Free dog waste bag dispensers that are freely available day and night and can be found everywhere,
  • Collection bags that can be obtained free of charge from your veterinarian, dog grooming salon and, of course, from your local town hall. Dog owners no longer have any excuse even if the bag dispenser on the corner of their street is empty. Everyone must anticipate the daily walk and slip a few bags in his pocket.
  • Dedicated areas for dogs to relieve themselves. They have not been around as long as bag dispensers, but they are a good way to keep our cities cleaner. These canisites really promote the hygiene of our urban environments, especially since they are cleaned very regularly by the municipal services.
Note also that failure to pick up after your dog is punishable by a fine.

No more incessant barking that disturbs a neighborhood!

Welcoming a dog into your home is certainly a generous gesture, but it does not give you all the rights. In any case, not the right to spoil the peace of your neighbors by the incessant barking of your little companion. The master must do everything possible to ensure that his pet does not disturb the lives of others. Educating your dog is therefore essential to avoid neighborhood conflicts. But beyond the noise nuisance, shouldn't we wonder about the reasons for this barking? A dog that barks incessantly must have a problem that a behaviorist veterinarian can identify and treat.

Remember that for dogs weighing more than 3 kg, there is the anti-bark collar. No, it is not a torture element and it allows the animal to lose its bad habit rather quickly.

For your information, noise pollution is the cause of fines. Let's hear it...

Keep your dog on a leash in an urban environment

Respecting life in society also implies keeping your dog on a leash when you walk it in an urban area. It is very important to respect this good practice. It limits the risks of wandering, intrusion of the dog in a private space, bites, fights between dogs. It also simply avoids that the animal spreads panic (and anger) among passers-by, whether they are children or adults.

Keeping your dog on a leash is a rule in the vast majority of our communities and the law requires that a muzzle be worn in many cases. Honestly, it is hard to understand why this is a problem for many dog owners. Provocation? Incivism? Negligence? It is up to each citizen to find the answer that best suits him or her, but also the solution so that people are no longer afraid to get on a bus, a streetcar or a train where a dog, whether a big dog or not, is traveling...

The Penal Code punishes the guardian of a dog (owner or not) when the animal under his responsibility causes any kind of damage to a third party. It is the same if the dog escapes from his supervision, if he attacks a third party or simply pursues him. Similarly, different laws apply to category 1 and 2 dogs, i.e. attack dogs and defense dogs.

In order to put an end to the growing mistrust in our cities, dog owners and/or guardians really need to make an effort. It is essential that dogs be better managed, better educated, better integrated into the urban environment in order to reassure the population. Being responsible for your animal also means anticipating its reactions in order to avoid the worst and to be able to remain in control of your dog in all circumstances. It is time for these people to stop letting their dog walk them and to take the leash in hand.