MIND YOUR MANNERS: Cafe society etiquette:

MIND YOUR MANNERS: Cafe society etiquette:

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The importance of dog etiquette:

The Southern Highlands and South Coast regions are renowned for their hospitality, gourmet food, and dog-friendly cafes.

For dog owners — even those visiting from Sydney and Melbourne—such venues are even more enticing as you can kick back amid rural and coastal splendour while enjoying a hot piping cappuccino and a delectable dish in the company of your dog.

But before you book a table for you and your canine companion, it’s important that you understand the legislated rules of dog ownership and the cafe’s conditions of entry. Then there are the required manners your dog will be expected to have.

Rules of engagement:

The underlying elements in good behaviour are achieved by your dog’s trust in your leadership, and remaining consistent with all rules and boundaries. And remember to reward your dog after the successful outing with a treat and lots of affection.

Here are some simple tips to remember:

  • Always walk your dog before going to a dog-friendly cafe. That way, he will be happy to sit down and rest.   
  • Make sure that your dog has had an opportunity to go to the toilet prior to the outing [always bring along an emergency bag for such occasions]!  
  • It’s vital that you always have your dog properly tethered | secured when you’re at a public place. 
  • Always walk your dog before going to a dog-friendly cafe. That way, he will be happy to sit down and rest
  • Never allow him to sit upon the furniture. By law, he must remain on the ground at all times unless the cafe has a designated area for him to sit.                                                                                                                                                           

  • Never feed your dog treats at the table as it will encourage him to beg for food at any dining table. If he’s thirsty, the cafe can provide your dog with water.     
  • Never tie your dog to the leg of any cafe table.  If he suddenly moves and the table is not secure, everything will go flying!             
  • Make sure the leash is short and secured so that your dog can’t wander and trip anyone — or worse, knock over a boiling pot of tea. 
  • Keep control of the leash if another dog or a young child comes close to your dog’s personal space and remain calm and confident. Remember, your dog will sense your energy.       
  •  Discourage strangers from patting your dog if he’s showing any signs of anxiety.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Another point to consider:

Please make sure that you always walk your dog with a leash or body harness. If your dog is unrestrained [and is simply allowed to roam], you may incur a fine of up to $880.00Just think how that money could be better spent on helping an animal shelter or a foster carer!

Here are some leash-free areas in Wingecarribee Shire, Wollondilly Shire, Macarthur, and Goulburn. And for dog-friendly cafes, please click on this link.

Thank you to the Highlands Merchant in Moss Vale (above with me is the owner, Lisa). 

Also, visit the Doggie Barber in Moss Vale for any grooming services. Thank you to Rose and Toby.