10 Rude Habits Dog Owners Need to Stop ASAP

Dog etiquette for pet parents

Not everyone loves your dog as much as you do. That's a sad truth that needs to be said. When you love your dog a lot, it can be hard to remember that.

Leaving the bag of poop on the ground

The No. 1 rude habit of dog owners that our experts identified was, no surprise, failing to pick up your dog's poop.

Talking on your phone at the dog park

Dog parks are for dogs, so why can't you do your thing while your pooch does his? Well, talking on your phone is actually a breach of dog park etiquette.

Putting your dog outside when he won't stop barking

Banishing your pet to the backyard when he won't calm down may make you feel better, but it's sure to upset your neighbors.

Ignoring "No pets allowed" signs

We know how much you adore your pooch, but there are some public spaces, like restaurants and stores, where dogs aren't welcome or are explicitly banned.

Calling it a "support" or "service" animal when it's not

"Dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability" is one way to describe a service dog.

Allowing your dog to pee on other people's property

It is very rude to let your dog pee on someone else's property, like on fence posts, mailboxes, shrubs, trees, trash cans, or car tires.

Dropping the leash to let your dog "make a friend"

Your dog understandably gets excited when she sees a new dog, but allowing your dog to just walk up to another dog and owner is begging for trouble.

Letting your dog off-leash anywhere that isn't a dog park

Yes, your dog needs to be leashed even if he follows voice commands, thinks the leash is unpleasant, you're in the woods and don't see anyone.

Saying "It's OK, she's friendly" to excuse bad behavior

Your dog might be friendly with you, but she might not be friendly with other people or dogs.