Ohh you thought this was for the dog’s? Nope, this ones for you!!
Spring is finally here with all of its wonderful warm weather; and you know what that means? Time to take your dog to the local dog park! But first, there’s some info that you need to know and general rules that should be followed when attending a dog park with your playful pooch.
- Keep ID tags on your dog at all times.
- Watch your dog at all times for defecation and/or unwanted roughhousing.
- Bring bags to pick up after your dog and if necessary other dogs as well.
- Keep your dog’s favorite treats and toys at home as to not start any jealousy fights between dogs.
- Bring water for your dog if none is readily available in the dog park.
- Have your dog fully vaccinated and be older than 4 months before bringing them to the dog park.
- Bring a canine first aid kit with you, your vet’s phone number, and the number of the closest emergency clinic.
- Keep your dog on a leash until you reach the off leash area and continue to carry the leash at all times.
- Spay/Neuter your dog.
- Bring small children to the dog park as they can be easily knocked down or injured by running dogs. If child at any age does attend, they must be supervised at all times.
- Bring a dog that has aggression issues towards other animals or people.
- Bring a dog that barks persistently.
- Allow your dog to stand and bark at dogs entering through the park gate. Call your dog away and allow the other dogs to enter with ease.
- Bring any kind of glass container as they may break and injure dogs with its shards.
- Bring a female dog that is in season (“in heat”).
- Leave your dog unattended in the park at any time!
Also, please, always be observant of your dog and other dogs in the park as well. Are the other dogs Hyper, Rambunctious, or Clumsy? Then it may be best for your first timer pup to stay away from the group, especially if your dog is a smaller breed. Are the other dogs Shy, Reserved, or Fearful? This group generally should be avoided as they might react in fear and aggression if cornered by your dog, especially if your dog is of a larger breed. Are the other dogs Bossy, Dominate, or Overly Aggressive? Observe their behaviors closely and avoid these dogs as well; and always inform other owners, politely, if their dog is being too aggressive with yours.