Tips for taking your dog out

LESLIE PLESSER , | Updated 8/14/2013

Worried about your pup in public?

Before taking your dog out on the town, consider its behavior. Your dog should be able to sit and stay quietly for at least an hour to ensure it is not disruptive during a meal or activity. It should have really great recall ability (in case it gets off its leash), and should be friendly toward strangers, children and other dogs.

If your dog struggles with these behavior issues, you might try the six-week “Advance Obedience — Outdoors!” course offered by the Canine Coach (, which takes you and your pup out in public to practice obedience at sidewalk cafes, inside stores, etc.

If you think your dog will be fine in public, bring these items to ensure great behavior:

• Fantastic treats.

• A portable water dish.

• Poop bags.

• A squirt gun to quiet your dog in case any barking gets out of hand.

• A favorite toy or bone.


Upcoming dog events

Beer With Your Buddy: 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Sarna’s, 3939 University Av. NE., Columbia Heights. $12-$14.

Pet Fest at the Renaissance Festival: Aug. 24 -25 at the festival grounds in Shakopee. $18.95-$33.95. Pet costume contests, wiener dog races and a pet expo. To bring your dog, you must complete a registration form at

Woofstock: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 7 in Linden Hills, Mpls. Free. Dog trick contests and exhibits from area pet vendors. Leslie Plesser