Socializing your Puppy to Be a Good Neighbor

You understand that establishing good neighbor relations means being respectful of other peoples’ property and well-being.

This goes for your canine loved one as well. Here are a few helpful tips to keep peace in the neighborhood…

  • When you walk your puppy, keep him off private property, unless you have permission from the owner first.
  • Pick up after your puppy. Pick up your puppy’s waste promptly all the time, and everyone will be happier. If you have kids, this task could be an opportunity to learn about responsibility.
  • Prevent fence running and barking. If your puppy does this, particularly if he is a large breed puppy, it could be something your neighbors won’t like. Supervise closely during social hour.
  • Manage barking. If puppy is barking outside, bring him in. If he barks inside and you can’t control it, it’s time to get some professional training. After all, minimal barking makes for minimal headaches all around.
  • Keep puppy on a leash. It may seem like common sense, but allowing your puppy to run loose outdoors can be dangerous for him, and possibly for others. Even if your puppy is impeccably behaved, it’s still a good idea to keep him on a leash for safety reasons.
  • Keep puppy health. Feed him nutritionally complete and balanced puppy food such as Purina® Puppy Chow®. Take your puppy to the veterinarian regularly to keep his vaccinations current, and be certain he is free from internal and external parasites.
  • Identification. Proper identification for your puppy is important. Puppies should wear collars with an identification tag. Be sure to follow your city’s rules and regulations regarding puppy registration.
  • Have fun! Introduce your puppy to other neighborhood puppies early on. Go for group walks or take a trip to the puppy park with other owners in your area. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors, and your puppy may enjoy the company of a new playmate or two.

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