Spring has finally arrived, and we’re sure that you couldn’t wait for this fantastic season to show its true colours. We reckon that this is the case with the majority of dog owners too, who are thrilled to take their dogs to a local park and have fun with them and other dog owners. However, if you want to keep your dog safe in a park this spring but you don’t really know how, all you need to do is to keep on reading.
Socialise your dog in the first place
Everyone knows that parks can get quite crowded with dogs and their owners, which is exactly when any dog can easily become overwhelmed. This is particularly true for the pleasant spring weather when dog owners can’t wait to go out and have fun with their beloved pets, but you don’t have to worry at all because there are ways to keep your dog under control. Before taking him to a park, you should definitely socialise your dog with a small group of well-behaved dogs in the first place. It will be even better if your dog gets a chance to stick around owners he’s already familiar with, in a controlled environment such as a fenced-in backyard, so that he learns how to behave and avoid potential problems later on.
Teach your dog basic commands
Teaching your dog basic commands is another essential step you should take before going to a local park. This step is particularly important in an environment with a lot of distractions, such as a crowded park. It is best to start with the most essential commands like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘come’, and ‘leave it’. Your dog simply has to learn them because other dog owners won’t appreciate a dog that is out of control. Needless to say, proper behaviour gets even more vital if there are a lot of kids playing in the park, so do your best to teach the dog basic commands and you won’t have any problems.
Don’t forget to get an ID tag
We can’t emphasise enough the importance of a proper ID tag, which is exactly why a large number of dog owners tend to get personalised pet tags for their dogs. Don’t even think about letting your dog off the leash if he doesn’t have an updated ID tag on his collar. ID tags are one of the few ways your pet can be returned to you in case he runs away and gets lost. Apart from an ID tag, you should also consider dog microchips which are safely and painlessly implanted underneath his skin. These use a permanent identification number which is put into a central database and only work when an animal healthcare professional scans the chip.
Make sure that vaccinations and parasite control are current
Truth be told, dogs can pick up various contagious diseases in the local park, and these include parvovirus, kennel cough, canine influenza, and many others – some of which can be deadly. Apart from these, there are also ticks, fleas, and intestinal parasites which are the most common among dogs. In order to keep your dog safe and healthy, you should make sure that his vaccinations and parasite control are up to date so that your beloved one can safely play with other canines in the park without picking up unwanted guests.
As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to keep your dog safe in your local park this spring, and these four are undoubtedly the best ones out there. If your dog’s health and overall well-being are your top priority and the ultimate goal, all you have to do is to stick to these tips. Once that’s done, you’ll certainly make that happen – without a shadow of a doubt!