Traffic lights, loud noises, lots of feet and then even strange dogs - the number of four-legged friends in German cities is increasing. Green spaces and parks are overrun by dogs in many places. Read below what you can do as a dog owner to make your big city dog more comfortable in urban life.
1. Know the rules and regulations
The prerequisite for keeping a city dog safe is knowing the rules and regulations that apply to your place of residence. In Germany, free cities, municipalities and municipalities have their own rules for keeping dogs, which you should know in order to avoid fines. For example, leashes are compulsory in one city and not in the other. If in doubt, find out about the city's laws from the regulatory authorities.
2. Follow the road rules consistently
If you want your big city dog to adhere to the rules of crossing a street, you have to show him consequence. For example, even if there is no car to be seen, you should stop on the sidewalk, look right and left and then give the Go sign, as you learned at the dog school or from the dog trainer. Stopping until your signal comes to a stop must be a vital ritual for your dog - regardless of the traffic.
3. Avoid crowded paths
Of course, pedestrian traffic in a city cannot always be avoided. However, your dog will be happy about any parallel street that is not as busy and busy as the main pedestrian zone. Joggers, skaters, playing children and hurrying shoppers can be very stressful for a mustache - if you can avoid it, avoid slalom through the legs of strangers.
4. Does the dog really have to go?
Every dog needs adequate, adequate exercise - including large city dogs. However, you should choose the type of walk in the city well. Dogs are not allowed into many buildings such as supermarkets and then have to wait outside. You can leash your dog in front of the shop, but this is pure stress for most dogs. Therefore, a big city dog should learn from an early age to be able to stay at home alone when you go shopping or to the hairdresser. You can find out more about leashing while shopping in the guide: "Leashing a dog in front of the supermarket? Better not."
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5. City dogs need a piece of nature
At least once a day, your dog should be able to enjoy the benefits of nature, romp, play and sniff out natural smells. Find out more about parks, forests, free-range areas, etc. in your area - your dog needs a balance from the city streets. There may also be a beautiful dog meadow that you can visit with your sofa wolf. If in doubt, ask other dog owners about good natural playgrounds.
6. Encounter training with the dog
In the big city it can often happen that you meet other dogs on narrow streets. To avoid barking and dog fights, your dog should be trained in dealing with other dogs. Encounter training, for example, is a useful way to prepare your dog for strangers.