Jude, 22 months, and I often go on walks in our neighborhood. It's a quiet, nice area with mostly retired, older people or families with kids. Juju is a curious lil guy and wanders up onto front lawns and up driveways and things. I never let him go all the way up, like to the front door, but he's definitely on their private property. I'm very respectful and teach him to be as well: I make a point of not looking into windows, I don't allow Jude to tear leaves or flowers off of plants or even smack them to make them bounce. I only allow him to pick up and play with leaves and flowers that have fallen on the ground. I try to stay at least half the distance to the front of the house. But I still feel kind of weird about it. What do you think? Would you think it's weird or rude if you saw that on your front lawn. Mind you, none of the yards here are fenced. I'd never let him in a fenced yard, even if it wasn't completely closed off. So, should I continue or keep him on the sidewalk? No one has ever said anything but I don't think most people are home midday when we are out walking.
Eta: I'm not talking about cutting through yards. Just Jude wandering up to see some flowers or a fountain or a bug as we meander, with me right by his side making sure he doesn't wreck anything or get too close. I can't usually ask permission since nobody's home or out front with the exception of one retired couple who sit in their garage with the door open everyday with their dog. Juju loves their dog and I have definitely asked permission to come pet him. But that's more of good strange dog etiquette than a front yard issue. They love it. :)
on May. 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM