Dining Out with Fido? Experts Have Tips to Keep Pets and Patrons Safe
Thursday, May 25, 2023
May is National Pet Month, and South Dakota residents considering adoption are urged to do careful planning - while also making sure dogs can handle public settings if they tag along.
The messaging comes amid a recent trend where more pet owners feel comfortable in bringing their dogs to places such as restaurants.
That's brought attention to laws around the country dealing with such activity, and the Food and Drug Administration recently stated that pet dogs are fine in outdoor dining spaces.
Madison Godschalk, public relations and special event coordinator of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, said it's a good thing some businesses are now welcoming canines - but she added that pet owners have to take on responsibility.
"If you do get a younger animal, you're going to have to put in so many hours to train it," said Godschalk, "not to go on the bathroom inside, not to be aggressive towards food, not to be aggressive towards people."
Meanwhile, Godschalk said it's important to plan out which type of animal is best suited for your lifestyle and home setting. That includes whether they're allowed by a landlord if you're renting.
She said the Humane Society also offers guidance on how to introduce a new dog to another one that's already part of the household.
Godschalk said budgeting for a pet is another part of the process. It goes beyond making sure they have enough food.
"We make sure all of our animals, before they go off the door," said Godschalk, "are up to date on their vaccines, flea treatments, things like that. Those are all things that if you didn't adopt from us you would have to spend your own personal money on."
Godschalk said her location currently has a lot of pets available for adoption, especially dogs. She said there's enough variety to match a potential pet with an owner based on lifestyle, whether you like to go on adventures, or prefer to hang out around the house.
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