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Dog Etiquette 101

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Puppies and lattes… yes, please! If this combination sounds like your idea of a perfect afternoon, you might be my long-lost best friend. And you might also want to consider visiting your favorite coffee shop with your faithful pet at your side.


Just like a visit to the dog park, dog-friendly coffee shops are quickly becoming a popular way to socialize a dog, practice obedience training skills, and bond with your pet. Taking your dog with you to public places like coffee shops can also help you integrate yourself (and your dog) into your local community. Of course, just like with anything else, there are rules of etiquette that apply when visiting any coffee shop.


Before taking your dog inside a coffee shop (or other local establishment) it is important to consider:

●      Are dogs allowed? Local food safety and legal requirements can vary regarding pets inside a coffee shop. Many places offer an outdoor space where dogs are welcome. When in doubt, ask.

●      Avoid any accidents. Walk your dog before hand, and preferably at a designated grassy area away from sights, sounds and smells of the coffee shop.

●      Does your dog have social skills? Even if your dog isn’t the most well-socialized pet on the planet, this is a great opportunity to practice those social skills. Proper socialization teaches your dog manners, boosts your dog’s self-confidence, and can also reduce any fear or anxiety issues.

●      What’s the weather? You never want to expose your dog to harsh elements like extreme heat or cold, snowy weather for too long. This is especially true if you have a pug, French bulldog, or other breed that is extremely sensitive to changes in climate.


Regardless of whether you’re inside or outside, there are always some additional rules of etiquette you should consider when letting your furry companion tag along for a trip to your local coffee shop. Here are some ways to make the experience more enjoyable for you, your pet, your fellow patrons, and for your friendly barista.

●      NEVER ask someone else to watch your dog (unless, of course, that person happens to be a close friend). Sure, we all have to use the bathroom at some point - but the responsibility required to watch a dog is a bit more than simply asking a stranger to watch your stuff while you run to the restroom. In an emergency situation, ask a trusty dog-friendly barista (especially if you are a regular customer at that coffee shop) and limit it to 10 minutes, for courtesy’s sake.

●      Careful with that leash, please. Just like laptop power cords, leashes should be tucked away out of sight and (hopefully) out of reach of any ankles, toes or clumsy feet. Nobody wants to trip over a stranger’s leash - or a stranger’s dog - while carrying a cup of steamin’ hot coffee.

●      Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers. Seriously. At coffee shops, you’ll meet lots of like-minded people who love coffee. And the only thing better than that? Meeting lots of like-minded people who love coffee and dogs! As Bustle writer Mollie Hawkins says, “Embrace this adventure - it’s a great way to make new friends.”

If you love your doggie a whole latte (see what I did there?) then you may want to consider letting him or her tag along next time you visit your favorite coffee shop.

These Household Items May Be Making Your Dog Sick

Our furry friends are particularly curious, sticking their noses everywhere and licking just about anything that smells good. Whether you take your pet to a dog-friendly restaurant or spend time in a neighborhood park, it can be difficult to protect your dog from consuming something that may be harmful to their health.

However, there are ways to safeguard your home and work premises from harmful household toxins that can lead to serious health issues in pets like cancer and organ damage. If you want to ensure that your dog is as healthy as can be, you should eliminate things that are dangerous—after all, these dangers are much the same for humans, so it shouldn’t be rocket science!

Some household toxins that are dangerous for pets include:

·      Household cleaners containing ammonia, chlorine, and bleach

·      Garbage, consisting of used towels, spoiled food, broken glass, and medications

·      Formaldehyde, which usually exists in new furnishings, cleaners, and construction materials

·      Anti-freeze and chemicals for lawn and garden care

Knowing the household toxins that can harm your dog, you can be more attentive to the items that you purchase to keep your house and yard clean with your pet’s health in mind.

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