Keep in mind that pets need more hydration than people. Offer water often, especially on hot days or in warm climates. If you know you won’t be near a pet drinking fountain, carry a portable water bowl and bottled water.
Put those pet amenities to use and mind your “petiquette.” Always clean up pet waste and put used waste bags in the appropriate trash receptacles.
Be sure to use a leash when you’re out with your furry best friend. It’s a good idea to protect her, your surroundings and those you meet along the way.
As an added step, brush up on tips about dog bites and bite prevention, to keep everybody safe. Any time you are out where pets are welcome, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet and those around you.
Remember the importance of keeping pets safe in warm weather. Here’s a video to help:
Tips for Pet-Friendly Places
If you’re a city planner or a citizen advocate, consider these tips on pet amenities and pet-friendly places:
Clean cities are good for everyone. Provide free pet waste bags in locations around the community. Add dispensers to existing sign poles or existing trash receptacles, to minimize added investment. Make sure your signage is clear and helpful.
Encourage local business owners to consider pet resources on their property. This can help them attract customers at the same time it reduces the city cost burden. A paw-sitively win-win situation!
Have a process in place for how often and by whom pet waste trash receptacles are emptied. Include a sign with contact info about where to report issues or concerns.