Dog Park Safety Tips: Dos and Don’ts
by Pet Qwerks Toys on July 27, 2017
Dog parks are fun especially in spring. The dog can finally go outdoors without you worrying about the winter cold, and the colors everywhere and the green grass look like heaven after the winter gloom. The best part is the dog can play off-leash since this is a park designed specifically for canines. But just like everything else, dog parks are only fun if everyone is responsible. Here are things you should do to make the visit to the park fun for you, your dog, and everyone else.
Don’t spend too much time on your cell phone. Give your dog your full attention, both because this is your fun day together and because spending all your time on your phone means you are not taking care of your dog. Be attentive to what is going on around you and keep your dog in sight to ensure he is not misbehaving and ruining everyone’s fun.
Don’t bring children to the dog park. Bringing children to the park, especially young ones means you will not spend as much time controlling your dog’s behavior, and the child might also catch diseases from all the dogs present.
In addition, avoid bringing food and drink to the dog park. If there are some dogs that are not adequately trained, they may cause chaos trying to snatch the food. Also, if the food is a snack such as chocolate it might pose danger to the dogs’ health.
Don’t take a puppy younger than four months to the park. Puppies are much more susceptible to illnesses so wait until he is older to have some fun in the dog park.
Make sure you read all the rules and regulations put in place by the park’s management. The rules are there for a reason; they help keep order in the place and keep all the dogs and humans safe.
Always pay attention to your dog. When you give the dog your undivided attention, you will both have fun, and and exercise like you had planned to. If on the other hand you are distracted, he might start picking fights with other dogs or engaging in other mischief that might end your visit prematurely.
Ensure your dog has a collar with identification so that in case you are separated the authorities can easily bring him home. Also make sure his vaccinations are up to date to prevent him from catching illnesses from other dogs.
Only take your dog to the park when the temperatures are not too high. Remember most dogs have a hard time keeping cool. Take him in the early mornings and early evenings/ late afternoons.