Not to mention the sign "NO DOGS ALLOWED" that seems to appear most everywhere especially when you are in desperate search for a nice place for your dog to run and play in.
In most counties and cities there are laws for using a leash and picking up after your dog. These are meant to ensure the community's well-being and protection in general. When it is leashed, a dog is kept safe from the dangers of traffic and cannot fulfill its irresistible desire to chase children.
The four commands that a well-educated city dog must respond to are: "Heel", "Sit-Stay", "Leave It" and "Come." At the traffic lights, the dog's Sit-Stay position ensures its safety. And although most of the time there's no problem to walk your dog on a loose leash, there are times when the dog needs to be in heel position, in order to be kept under control.
"Leave It" is used when commanding a dog to give up its gaze. The dog may either be tempted by some chicken bones, interested in interacting with a jogger or a small child. At any rate, the dog needs to break eye contact with the so-called "forbidden fruit" before causing any trouble.
Another thing to be remembered is that sudden loud noises such as running children, skateboarders or motorcycles can be quite frightening for a dog. In such situations, one must have complete and firm control over one's dog, to prevent the animal from biting people or lunging.
Another essential thing to be taken care of before leaving for shopping with your dog, is to think of all the places where dogs are allowed and those where they aren't. It's better to leave him home than take him to a place where this pet is not allowed to enter. If tied to a parking meter or a post, the dog may become an easy target for thieves or bullies.
It's sad but it's true: not everyone loves dogs. Because of that, city dog keepers need to have a well-trained, under control pet. Even when people act friendly towards your dog, it's best not to allow your dog to playfully jump on them.
Also, if there are such rules within a building or establishment, it's good to hurry through halls or lobbies, to choose freight elevators or go out through back exits. It's essential to forbid your dog to soil in front of the entrance of a building.
Although most of the dogs love to play with each other, it's best to ask their dog keepers if it's allowed before letting your dog playfully jump on another newly met dog. This rule is also applicable for children.
You should ask children if they are willing to play with your dog before allowing your dog to approach a child. The dog's happy greeting should not include grabbing at the child, jumping on him or bouncing off.
Keeping dogs in crowded city areas implies more responsibilities. Some of the dog keepers who do not show enough consideration towards their neighbors may be prohibited to enter certain urban areas with their dogs. Things may change if they put some effort into training their dogs, and acted more thoughtful towards those who do not own or like dogs.