Indeed, much of proper dog-walking behavior revolves around interacting with other dog owners. For example, it is very natural for dogs to sniff one another when they cross paths. That said, owners must be vigilant. If one or both dogs seem to be growing aggressive during such a meet-and-greet, the dogs should be carefully and calmly separated. Similarly, other owners have places to go. If one dog seems much more engaged in the sniffing, that dog’s owner should allow the behavior to continue for only a few seconds before taking his or her pet in the opposite direction. Other important pieces of dog-walking etiquette include steering a dog away from neighborhood cats, avoiding private property whenever possible, and keeping the dog leashed at all times.