May 16, 2017
Spending time at the dog park can be great fun for you and your dog, however, having unfamiliar dogs around can also be intimidating. Here are a few tips on dog park etiquette to help make your dog park visits fun and safe.
Do pick up after your dog
This one is obvious, but we’ll say it anyway. Do your part to prevent nasty stuff lying around where you walk and where your dog plays.
Do make sure your dog is current on vaccinations
If you have a young puppy without a full set of vaccinations or a dog that isn’t up to date on vaccinations, you don’t want to expose her to unknown dogs. Go see your veterinarian and make sure your dog is fully vaccinated.
Do train your dog to come when you call
Even the best dogs and owners run into awkward situations at dog parks. Training your dog to reliably come when you call helps you both avoid problematic interactions before they happen.
Don’t bring young puppies
It’s important to socialize your new puppy the right way, and going straight to a dog park is like jumping into the deep end of the pool. Start with more supervised interactions with familiar dogs and work your way up to the dog park.
Don’t use treats or toys with other dogs nearby
Stealing toys isn’t cool, but neither is forcing your dog to share toys or play keep away with treats. You can avoid many of these tricky interactions by not having treats and toys out when other dogs are nearby.
Don’t lose sight of your dog
Dog parks are great places for dog parents to socialize, but don’t get so wrapped up in a conversation that you lose sight of your dog. Keep your eyes and attention on your dog at all times.