Dog-Friendly Park Etiquette
Dog parks are where pets can enjoy exercising and playing without being tied to a leash. According to the Journal Times, the benefits of socialization play a huge role to alleviate the boredom that leads to destructive behaviour at home.
To ensure a good time at the dog park for you and your pooch, there are a few etiquette rules to consider before heading out.
- Read any rules regarding time limits or restrictions on taking toys.
- Check the park on your own ahead of time to see if it suits your dog’s requirements.
- Use a pet social network app e.g. PatchPets available for both iOS and Android, that allows you to locate dogs in your area with similar temperaments. It’ll help you to contact other owners and introduce your dog to suitable playmates.
- Bring a dog travel bag containing bottled water, collapsible bowl plus a set of poop bags and scoop.
- Dogs must always wear a collar in case they get out of the park or they need restraining.
- Ensure your dog obeys when you call him to prevent him from becoming involved in any unpleasant incidents.
- Observe any changes in the behaviour of your dog or his friends.
- Remove your dog immediately if you see bared teeth, flattened ears, submissive or tense postures.
- A strict rule of dog park etiquette is to curb excessive excitement. Ensure your dog enjoys having fun in other environments so that park trips are part of a wider routine.
- Locating a dog park that’s within walking distance allows your dog the opportunity to wear off some of his excess energy. By the time he reaches the park, he’ll be a pleasantly energetic playmate for his friends.
- Keep vaccinations and parasite medication up to date and immediately scoop up any doggy poop to maintain a healthy environment.
- Don’t take puppies aged less than 12 weeks to any puppy park as their immune systems might be compromised.
- If your dog isn’t feeling well don’t take him to the dog park until the vet’s given him a clean bill of health.
- If your dog’s the shy type, don’t make a visit unless you are sure the area is really quiet.
- Leave toys behind as they can encourage aggressive behaviour with dogs competing for possession.
- Never take treats to the park as they can prompt other dogs to pay you too much attention.
- Don’t allow your dog to behave badly by jumping up at other dogs or their owners.
- Don’t be distracted by your mobile or lengthy conversations with other owners.
- Don’t let your dog overheat.