Neighboring Tip of the Week - Take your dog for a walk, or ask a neighbor who walks one about their dog.
Welcome to 52 Weeks of Neighboring, canine edition! Our furry friends make great conversation starters, so they’re perfect for neighboring!
If you have a dog, take your pup out for a nice, easy walk. Before doing so, set an intention to make yourself as present as possible to the neighborhood around you. Of course, this may look different for each person. You could take time to focus on one or more of your senses throughout the walk. No matter how this may look, do your best to make yourself as present as possible to your neighbors.
Hopefully, as the temperature begins to warm up, folks will be spending more time outside. Make an effort to strike up a conversation with those you come in contact with. Keep in mind that some of your neighbors may have had bad pet experiences, so be cautious if someone seems especially wary of dogs. If you know of a neighbor who regularly walks their dog, invite them to walk with you! Going for a walk on a nice day is a great way to get to know both your neighborhood and your neighbors better.
Don’t have a dog? Don’t fret! This tip is for you, too. Have you noticed a neighbor who regularly walks their dog? If so, make time to ask them about their furry friend! Pets are great companions for many, and people often love to talk about them. If you’ve gotten to know a neighbor by doing this, consider picking up a small bag of dog treats, and the next time your neighbor is on a walk, ask if you can give some to their dog. If you do so, you may not only build a friendship with your neighbor but also with their dog!