As a pawrent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your furkids behave well. After all, your pet's behavior is like a reflection of your own, and trust us, you don't want to be known as the pawrent whose pup dumps where it pleases! To keep your reputation squeaky clean, remember these top things when bringing them out into the world:

This is stuff we learned in kindergarten. If your dog (or cat, for that matter) makes a deposit, do everyone a favor and pick it up. It’s common courtesy. Always have baggies on-hand and tissue paper to help with the cleanup.

2. Watch where you pee, please!
When out and about, train your dog to wee in the right places. The nitrogen content in urine can damage stuff like tires. Watch out for signs that warn against animal urination, and always respect private property and keep your canine off the neighbours’ yard.

3. Respect restaurant rules.
The Philippines is becoming more and more pet-friendly. Albeit still not full-fledged, we’re getting there. Some stores in High Street in Global City allow furpals inside, while some food establishments limit pet presence to outdoor seating. Stores and restaurants in Eastwood have notices on their doors to let pawrents know if they allow pets inside the resto. Others will accommodate pets as long as they dine al fresco. Capital Commons is also a pet-friendly place where four-legged pals are welcome inside the mall. If you’re unsure, ask first. If turned away, don’t get too upset. Establishments are just looking out for other patrons, who may not be as comfortable with these lovable furballs as we are.

4. Keep them leashed.
Yes, even if your dogs are well-trained. There are too many things going on in high-foot and car traffic areas. You need to always be in full control of them, especially since there are other people to consider. Some people are deathly afraid of dogs and may go into a panic if they see one that is off-leash. Plus, there are a lot of distractions that can take your attention away from your furkid–bumping into an old friend you haven’t seen in ages, a mega sale catching your eye. When in public, it’s best to keep them secured on a leash.

5. Take caution with escalators.
It doesn’t matter how trained you think your pup is. Escalators are dangerous places for them. There are grooves where their paws or fur can get stuck and cause serious injury to their bodies. It’s best to take the stairs or hop on the lift, but if you must ride on an escalator, pick up your pet and carry them until you reach the next floor.

6. Ask permission to approach.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned dog owner or an avid cat lover. Before you touch other people’s pets, ask permission. Even the kindest dogs and cats will snap or swipe when startled by someone invading their personal space. At the same time, train your dog to greet other pets appropriately, which is a proper tush sniff as opposed to a full-on lunge.

7. Offer to pay the bills.
If your pet does end up biting or scratching someone, Section 5.F. of Republic Act No. 9482 Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 dictates that "all Pet Owners shall be required to assist the Dog bite victim immediately and shoulder the medical expenses incurred and other incidental expenses relative to the victim’s injuries." 5.A requires owners to have dogs vaccinated against rabies.

8. When the bark is worse than the bite
A snapping, aggressive dog is definitely scary, but a constantly yapping one is just plain annoying, even to fellow pawrents. Attend to him immediately and remove him from the stressor. Take steps to train him against excessive barking before your next trip out. The people exposed to his yelps aren’t the only one affected. His well-being is compromised too, because he gets stressed.

9. Guestiquette at home
It’s obvious that we have to be considerate of others when out in public, but we also have to be mindful of our pets in our own homes. Having friends over? You may want to keep Fido in the room for the duration of their visit. Yes, it’s your home, so you can do whatever you want. It’s your prerogative to let your pets roam freely, but the polite thing to do would be to have them on their best behavior or keep them confined if they’re unable to do so, especially if your guests aren’t comfortable around animals.

10. Say sorry.
Always, always apologize if a person (or dog) seems offended, non-plussed, agitated or flustered. Even if the behavior your dog exhibited doesn’t seem to be a big deal to you.

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