Although you love your pup, it can be easy to forget that not all people like dogs. That’s why it’s important to be a responsible pet owner and follow proper dog-walking etiquette to ensure that everyone around you is comfortable.

While obvious, it’s important to mention the two golden rules of dog walking. First, keep your pooch on a leash (unless at a specific off-leash area). Even if your dog is well-behaved and will stay by your side, people can be extremely uncomfortable when they see an unleashed dog walking around the neighbourhood. Second, always pick up after your pet. Make sure to carry bags with you and use them (even if no one is watching!).

Be Aware of Sidewalk Space
Proper dog-walking etiquette dictates that you be mindful of sidewalk space. Keep your pet snug by your side when passing a group of people and be aware of other dogs. If you’re not confident about how your pooch will react seeing another dog, it might be best to move off to the side until they pass.

Keep Dogs Out of Gardens
Homeowners can spend a lot of time on their gardens, and a responsible pet owner will respect their hard work. Keep your dog to the edge of a lawn to do their business and keep them out of freshly laid sod or gardens.

Enjoy the nice weather and take your pup for a walk around the neighbourhood. Just make sure that you follow proper dog-walking etiquette to keep everyone safe and happy.

Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to work with Petline Insurance, Canada’s largest pet insurance company. Petline Insurance reimburses you for up to 80% of the cost of care and veterinary services if your dog becomes ill or injured. They’ve made it easier to meet your dog’s needs and fit within your budget with rates starting as low as $16.83 a month.1

Plus, when you purchase pet insurance, you’ll earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points2 along with peace of mind.

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1 Rates and product details are effective as of July 1, 2016, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by breed and where you live. Pet insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Petline Insurance.

2 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, and the Yukon.