Feb 21, 2018
The Ward Village Dog Guide
We love dogs. A lot. There's something truly heartwarming about coming home and seeing your furry friend overcome with joy at the site of your arrival.
In fact, our love of dogs is almost primal in nature and dates back thousands of years. But as more of us move into urban areas, it's important for everyone (both human and dog alike) that we're respectful of our neighbors and neighborhood. With a little patience, a few treats, and a simple set of rules, thriving with your pets in the city can be as easy as playing fetch. Just follow our handy guidelines below.
Find Your Room To Roam
While your best bud may have a lineage as a herding dog, that doesn't mean that they need dozens of empty acres to receive plenty of exercise. No matter what type of dog you own, from your home at Ward Village, you're free to roam all of our grounds. Grab a coffee at your favorite cafe, go for a run around our expansive grounds, or even play some frisbee at Kolowalu Park. You can rest easy (and so will your pup after all that playtime) knowing that dogs are always welcome here.
Clean Up After Your Pet
This one should go without saying, but it's of the utmost of importance to be a responsible pet owner. To be blunt: Always. Pick. It. Up. When one of us slips up, it makes the rest of us look bad. Keep in mind that having a few extra puppy poop bags on hand is always a great idea.
Become A Dog Park Regular
Dog parks can feel like high school. But, like high school, it can also be a lot of fun, both for you and your pupperoni. If you frequent a dog park, both you and your pup will make lots of new friends, but you'll also meet the occasional dog / owner that you may not care for. And that's not only OK; that's great. Like people, dogs need to learn how to deal with other dogs. Socializing is not only an amazing way to get your dog mental stimulation and some exercise, but it's also a great way for dogs to learn how to interact with a variety of other personalities. When dogs are comfortable around all sorts of people—no matter how much you try, some dogs will never love skateboarders—and all sorts of dogs, they become well-mannered and even more awesome. So do yourself a favor and schedule plenty of dog park time; both you and your pup's social game will be better for it.
Go Easy On The Barking
Even lifelong dog owners can become frustrated with a yappy dog. And while all dogs will naturally bark on occasion, frequent barking is often a sign that something else is wrong. So what to do if your dog barks incessantly? We recommend seeing an expert. Oftentimes, a little bit of training and plenty of exercise is all it requires to correct a bad habit.
Attend An Obedience Class (Or Two)
Taking your dog to an obedience class, especially if they're a puppy, is a must. While you can find these classes throughout the city, we love the Hawaiian Humane Society puppy classes. Here, with the help of a seasoned dog trainer, you'll learn the ins and outs of interacting and training your new dog. From how to greet strangers to basic commands and learning essential social skills, finding the time to attend these week-long classes is crucial. Your future, well-behaved puppo will thank you.