Dog Park Tips

Friday, September 15th, 2017 Dog Walking Comments
Dog Park Tips

Going to a dog park is a very personal choice.  Dog parks can be great for people who live in cities or don’t have a yard and you for those who enjoy meeting other dogs and dog owners. It also could be dangerous, depending on how you and other dog owners handle your furry friends. Here are a few dog park tips from our experts at Wyatt’s List:

  • It is good idea to remember that everyone who takes a dog to a dog park doesn’t have a well behaved or healthy dog.
  • They might bring them there to run off energy, which might be a code word who is aggressive or doesn’t play well with others.
  • Be especially careful if you have a young or fearful dog.
  • Typically dog parks aren’t covered by leash laws, and you enter at your own risk.
  • Try to go during the week at off times, check out the neighborhood check it out first, do some research.  Don’t just go and assume everything will be fine.
  • Introduce your dog to the park during a time when there are the fewest number of dogs present.
  • Let them sniff each other thru the fence to see if they are intimidated or nervous.
  • If possible walk a few dogs together so they can get used to one another before setting them loose in the park.
  • Remember that they can be very unsanitary and filled with bacteria so wipe your dogs paws and mouth after visiting.
  • Check your dogs paws for foreign objects, fecal matter, ticks, fleas, and mud.
  • Lead your dog away from a situation if you notice they are being chased or pursued and seem fearful.
  • Young puppies should never be brought to dog parks for medical reasons, until 2 weeks after last round of vaccinations.
  • Make sure you know all of the dogs that your dog will be interacting with.
  • Set your dog up for success, not failure.
  • The best way to break up a dog fight is to prevent it – so make sure the dogs are well behaved and socialized and the owners are responsible and looking out for everyones best interest.

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