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Dog Park Precautions
Going to the dog park can be a fun and invigorating activity for both canines and humans. It’s a great time for dogs to socialize with their own kind and release excess energy – most need at least frequent moderate exercise – and a chance for dog’s human counterparts to meet and set up future doggie play dates. However, there are a few things to remember when visiting a dog park, and approaching with caution will help make the visit more enjoyable for everyone.
Know Your Surroundings
Before you go to the park when it’s full, take a look around before you let your pooch loose. You can go in the evening or early morning when it’s empty. Get a feel for it and what kind of space it is. These areas should be safe and enclosed, but some dogs are escape artists, so it’s not a bad idea to case the joint before you attend.
Use the Buddy System
It’s ok to walk around the park with your dog. You don’t have to be their shadow, but you don’t need to immediately thrust them into the unknown either. Stay with them until they feel comfortable and give you the signal that it’s ok to step back. If their tail is up and wagging, you can probably take a seat. Be sure to pay attention to them the whole time though. Just because they’re playing with peers doesn’t mean you can bury yourself in your phone for an hour.
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Take the time to introduce yourself and your dog to other human/canine companionships. This gives you and your dog the opportunity to get acquainted with others before engaging in playtime. Dogs are more at ease if they can check each other out before they start chasing each other.
Dog parks should have water available, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own. You can also bring snacks to reward your doggie for good behavior and for incentive if they’re having a little trouble. It’s also a good idea to have a towel handy in case it rains or fido decides to take an impromptu puddle bath.
Dog park visits are a great way to get exercise and strengthen your bond with your dog, and if you take the proper precautions, you’ll have a safe time and make great memories. Now step away from your computer – it’s dog park time!
Thank you Ron for sharing this great information with us!
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Ron Rutherford loves cycling, pizza, and all things dogs. He writes for Havahart Wireless, manufacturers of invisible electric fencing for dogs.