Here are some tips on making your visit to the local dog park more enjoyable for you and your dog, and make sure you’re practicing good dog park etiquette.
Before you go to the park:
- If your dog cannot be off leash, DON’T bring him to the park. It’s not safe to have a leashed dog around those running off leash.
- Only bring your dog when they are healthy.
- You WILL get wet and dirty! Dress according. Wear shoes; not flip flops.
- Dogs will be dogs. Accept the fact your dog will get slobbered on, wet, and chased by other dogs.
- KNOW your dog. Some just won’t like the idea of playing with so many dogs. If you have just adopted your dog, especially if they have been abused or neglected, make sure you know their temperament.
When you arrive at the park:
- Transition your dog to the off-leash areas and when you and your dog are in this area, keep an eye on the behavior of your dog and other dogs.
- Be respectful of areas designated for large and small dogs.
- Teach your dog how to great other dogs. Rather than run into a group of dogs, teach your dog how to calmly enter the group. Not every dog is as calm or confidant as yours!
- Clean up after your dog!
- If you bring your children, keep an eye on them. PLEASE supervise them at all times. Behaviors your dogs are used to may not be something other dogs can tolerate.
- About dog treats … don’t bring them. Other dogs may be jealous or aggressive; it’s not worth the potential problems.
- Fetch is not a good game to play around other dogs. Too many dogs trying to play at the same time with one toy can lead to problems.