A dog’s happiness and safety should be an owner’s first priority when deciding whether they should take their dog to an event. Some dogs may do well at events, and others may need to stay at home. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility that your dog behaves well at a social gathering. The importance of BYOD’s one dog per person rule during patio events is to ensure preventative measures are taken to increase the safety and well-being of both dogs and humans.
“Since our launch in 2018, BYOD has yet to experience an incident of irresponsible dog owner behavior during our events. I strongly believe our reputation for hosting happy “pawties” is due to our team taking preventative safety measures and continuously promoting the importance of proper dog socialization and training.” Michelle Trejo, BYOD CEO & Founder
Unless your dog is properly trained or is an emotional support animal, therapy dog, or service dog, it can be a struggle for owners to control their dog in public at times. More so, multiple dog households are increasing and pet parents understandably want to take their whole fur-family on outings. However, certain situations can make controlling one dog difficult, much less controlling two or more.
Exposing your dogs to a new environment presents them with an abundance of stimuli such as strange smells, sights, sounds, and people. Adults may unintentionally invade your dog’s space, children may be unaware of how to appropriately approach a dog, or there may be other dogs around. An abundance of stimuli can occur in high intensity social settings, such as popular patio bars to public dog parks. Dogs frequently redirect one another’s behavior–handling just one dog gives you a much likelier chance to decrease their reactivity and regain their focus if necessary. Maintaining your dog’s focus and behavior is crucial in these situations. If you are able to control one of your dogs but cannot maintain your other pup(s), you increase your chances of facing a dangerous problem.
“Like humans, dogs have different personalities. Avoid overstimulation by initially taking your dog(s) to smaller events with less activity and noise. By doing so, you’ll develop a closer bond with your pup and learn their individual needs and comfort thresholds.”The BYOD Pack
Quality One-On-One Time
Handling a single dog at an event is less stressful and ultimately safer for you, your dog, and those around you. Additionally, it teaches your other dogs that it is okay when they are separated. Separating your dogs for brief periods of time can help grow their individual confidence and reduce separation anxiety. Spending time with your dogs separately also gives you quality one-on-one time that you might miss out on, especially if you consistently spend time with them as a group.
Dogs act differently when they are together versus when they are alone, and while it might be difficult–at least initially–to say goodbye to the other, you will return and have lots of stories and smells to share. The next event can be designated for quality time with the fur-baby who missed this one.
“If you own multiple dogs, we highly recommend bonding by individually taking your dogs to smaller event settings before attending large social gatherings as a pack. This will allow you to keep him or her close while learning what to expect when controlling multiple dogs in high stimuli environments.”The BYOD Pack
In addition to the one dog per one person rule, other precautions to consider before taking your dog(s) to an event include:
- Are you using a non-retractable leash? (BYOD only allows non-retractable leashes.)
- Is your dog microchipped and registered? Are their tags readable and up-to-date?
- Is your dog up-to-date on their vaccines?
- Do you have basic supplies such as doggie bags, or the necessary supplies if the weather becomes too cold or too warm?
- Are you keeping a watchful eye on what your dog may be consuming (any items that may fall on the ground, spilled alcohol, etc.)?
- It is never a good idea to take your dog to an event where there will be fireworks, loud noises, and/or rambunctious human entertainment.
“We enforce and highly encourage the one dog per person rule to increase the amount of control dog handlers and pup parents have when “pawtying” on a patio. Also, it is a space control rule as well. Many pups do not enjoy being in tight quarters; therefore, we want to ensure dogs are comfortable during events. When hosting public events in a large, open setting (ex: public parks), we welcome handlers with multiple pups due to the ample space for dogs. Although we cannot control the behavior of dogs, we can and do emphasize our members and the general public to take preventative measures and educate themselves on dog behavior and socialization.” Michelle Trejo, BYOD CEO & Founder
Happy Dogs, Happy Places
A dog who does well at events is not superior to the dog who might need to stay at home; it just means that each dog has a unique personality, temperament, and background, and has individual needs. Most importantly, many dogs act differently than they would at home in comparison to when they are put in unfamiliar environments and situations.
BYOD hopes to maintain “happy dogs, happy places,” and this requires enforcing the one dog per person rule–set in place for you and your dog’s safety. Before taking your dog with you to an event, consider what is in their best interest, rather than what seemingly sounds like a fun idea.
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