Dog Park Do’s and Don’ts
A dog park can be a great place for your dog to exercise and 'socialize. It can, however, become a source of trauma for him. The behavior of your fellow dog owners has a big impact on your experience. A few obnoxious people can ruin your and your dog's experience.
Simply follow these simple etiquette rules for a more enjoyable bark park experience for everyone:
Bring everything you'll need. Bring a bowl of water and a bowl from home. Cleaning towels and car seat covers are also a good idea. After all, a romping, running pack of dogs is bound to get filthy. Remember to bring something to clean up after your dog as well.
Allow your dog to just be a dog. Spend some time observing dogs playing in a group if you don't know the difference between rough play and real dogfighting. Many dog owners have been known to panic when they see their dogs at the bottom of a dog pile for the first time.
Make sure your dog is wearing identification. You may use a tag or information on your dog's collar. Before allowing dogs free to play, replace training collars with buckle collars or a harness—training collars may become hooked in the teeth of other dogs, resulting in serious consequences. Better yet, use a harness.
Keep your dog on a leash until you've reached the park's perimeter. After entering the off-leash area, remove your dog's leash. When on-leash and off-leash dogs are together, the leashed dogs may become stressed, which may lead to violent behavior.
Keep an eye on your dog while he is playing. It's tempting to bury your head in today's newspaper but resist the urge. Whether your dog is the culprit or the victim, be ready to stop improper play.
To prevent possible disputes, limit the usage of toys or food rewards. Depending on how many dogs are at the park when you come, you may modify this guideline.
Check to see whether your dog understands simple instructions. The most essential commands are "come," "sit," and "leave it/off," which may help you manage your dog if required and prevent him from irritating others.
Don't bring a dog with a history of misbehavior. If your dog's behavior is unpredictably unpredictable, he should be socialized in more controlled settings than a dog park.
If your dog has been ill in the previous 48 hours, don't bring him. If you're unsure, consult your veterinarian.
Don't punish a dog that belongs to someone else. If you don't like another dog's behavior, take your dog out of the park instead of correcting another dog's.
Other dogs should not be fed. You have no idea whether their owners agree, and your goodies may disrupt another dog's diet or stomach. It may also cause dogs to become envious of one other.
If your dog isn't having a nice time, don't remain. Some canines prefer a small group of pals over large groups. Some pups love playing in the park, but as they get older, they become less interested.
One more piece of advice: don't wear white and don't bring a dog that has just been groomed. Neither of you will go unnoticed when you get home.