Philadelphia has been ranked in the Top 10 dog owner cities in the U.S. The Dog Advisory Council, as expected, rated the best and worst dog owners by city because we need to know. The advisory council used data from Twitter to check for complaints related to dog owners, dog behavior, being off-leash, not cleaning up poop and the dogs barking. The short version, they checked data on whether you were a courteous dog owner or not. The higher the score in each category, the more complaints from people.
Two Pennsylvania cities made the list, one of them probably won’t be happy about its ranking. Let’s start with the good city (read as the better city.) Philadelphia ranked number 9 on the list of 25 cities. Philly owners seem very good about keeping their dogs leashed when in public only receiving a score of 3.7. Barking is a slightly higher score, but not terrible. Dogs are dogs and they’re going to bark. Recently my dog has decided he’s going to bark and chase the hawks flying around my property. Philly dogs come in with a 5.4 score in this category as most people here understand dogs bark, deal with it. Let’s check the most important score if you like to take walks around your neighborhood, cleaning up after your dog. Philadelphia dog owners got a 10.9 on the dog poop index. 11 cities in the top 25 rankings had worse poop scores. Everything added together and Philadelphia a 22.3 overall score. Not great, until you look at the worst owners list, especially the poop scores…
That 2nd, and not as good Pennsylvania city that made the top 25 worst dog owners is Philly’s western counterpart, Pittsburgh. Not only does Pittsburgh make the Top 25 worst dog owner cities, it ranks #1 on the list. Their dog’s off-leash in public score is 16.9. Barking is 13.7. Both scores aren’t horrendous, but now the moment of truth. The poop score. Pittsburgh receives a score of 47.1 complaints per 100,000. Only 2 of the worst top 25 cities received higher scores. Adding all the scores up gets the Steel City a score of 88.5.
Bottom line: Philadelphia dog owners are the best in PA and some of the best across the country. You can find the whole story and rankings here: Best and Worst Dog Owner Cities.