There are some basic guidelines that should be taken into consideration when bringing your dog to a dog park. Training your dogs to behave and enjoy in the park in different ways is very important to keep them out of trouble.This can be done by training your dog to focus and interact with you through games. This would avoid rude behaviour such as your dog mobbing or sprinting up to other dogs that enter the park.
If your dog has a tendency to steal toys or even crowd other dogs who are playing with toys,train your dog to come when called before he gets into problem situations.Call your dog over to you and engage him in replacement behaviours before he gets overly rough with others. Once your dog is with you, keep him engaged with you, then release him to play again. Avoid overly rough games is also a must.
This would cause for more misbehaviour of your dog. Your dog should learn to play and focus on you instead of needing to play with other dogs. These are just a few important tips for training and supervising your dogs. With these vital skills you and your dog and the other park participants can have an enjoyable and good experience at the dog park.
Here’s are some more things to take note of: DO’s and DONT’s at the Dog Park
- Ever bring a dog that is under 4 months of age
- Take sensitive dogs to an enclosed dog park where there are more than 2 dogs per every 20 square yards of space
- Take your dog to a dog park if he is uncomfortable — take your dog to a place that he enjoys
- Bring or use treats and toys when other dogs are nearby
- Allow dogs to form loose packs
- Allow a dog to bully another
- Ever let your dog off-leash in an un-fenced dog park if he/she is not responsive to your verbal commands
- Worry if some dogs don’t play with other dogs in a dog park
- Bring intact males or females in oestrus to a dog park
- Consult your veterinarian about your dog’s overall health before going to a dog park
- Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations
- Observe the dogs in the dog park to see if there are any potential health or behaviour problems
- Clean up after your dog
- Supervise dogs when they are playing and interrupt any rough play
- Leave a dog park if you feel that your dog is either being a bully, the play is getting too rough or your dog is just not having fun
- Check if there is a large number of intact males at the park
- Make sure your dog is not being bullied or learning bad manners from the other dogs
- Be cautious about taking advice from non- dog professionals in the park
- Check to see if there is a staff to supervise the park
Successful Ways to Achieve Dog Park Etiquette