Curb Your Dog

If I had this beautiful doggie, I would teach it to pee in the street. [Via Wikimedia Common]

If I had this beautiful doggie, I would teach it to pee in the street. [Via Wikimedia Common]

I didn’t grow up with a dog, so it took me years and years to figure out what “curb your dog” meant. It’s such an awkward phrase that I’m sure it takes a lot of people a long time to figure it out. It simply means to direct your dog to do it’s business in the street, over the curb, as it were.

There are a lot of reasons for this- often dogs with go on people’s lawns or flower beds and this can kill the plants. Or, as my stoop in Brooklyn can attest, urine can actually make paint peel if many dogs are going on the same spot. And if you live in an area with a lot of dogs, you’ll probably notice the fingerpaint-like streaks of feces on the sidewalk since oftentimes the owner can’t get all of it up into the bag. When the dog uses the gutter, it minimizes the damages to plants and the cleanliness of the area.

Obviously this is one of those things where you just need to do your best most of the time, but it really will make a big difference.

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One thought on “Curb Your Dog

  1. I moved to Brooklyn about a year and a half ago and brought my 2 dogs with me. It really took me a while to figure out what “curb your dog” meant as well. In all the places I’ve been, I’ve never seen that phrase. I’ve seen signs requesting owners to control, leash and pick up after their dogs, but never “curb your dog” until moving to Brooklyn.
    It makes perfect sense, though, especially when I have to sidestep piles of poo on the sidewalk! Sigh…

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