If you live in an urban area then taking your dog to a dog park would be a perfect way to get him some physical and mental stimulation. In dog parks, your dog can freely socialize with other dogs but it is essential to follow some general dog park etiquette.
Before taking your furry friend to a dog park, you need to follow a set of some basic rules:
First of all, the dog owner needs to ensure that his dog is in sound health, fully vaccinated, well-trained and enjoy socializing. The dog owner should avoid taking a young puppy to the dog park as your little furry companion won’t be able to play with adult dogs and may end up injuring himself.
- Your dog should be spayed/neutered
- Avoid bringing young puppies to the park
- Always keep a watch over your dog and intervene whenever you notice any aggressive behavior
- Carry your own portable water bowl at the dog park.
- Avoid bringing food to the dog park
- Make sure your dog follow all your commands and behave appropriately with other dogs.
- Make sure that your furry companion has proper identification chip attached to his body.
- Make sure that furry companion is fully vaccinated.
- Avoid taking your dog to the dog park, if he is infected with a contagious disease
- Avoid taking a female dog in heat
These are a few general dog park etiquettes that a dog owner must follow in order to ensure your dog’s safety and comfort.
Another important thing that a dog owner needs to consider is ensuring that the other dogs are also well-behaved and they don’t have any behavioral issues. The dogs having poor health shouldn’t be allowed to visit the park as while interacting with an infected dog, another healthy dog can also get infected with the same. The dog owner should remove the leash before entering the dog-park as the dog can become stressful on interacting with off-leash dogs.
To ensure the safety of your furry companion, it is essential to closely watch over him and examine his body language to know whether he is enjoying or not. If your dog is trying to threaten other dogs then you should stop him from doing it and if he doesn’t stop then you should take him out of the park.
For creating a pleasing atmosphere in the park, all the dog owners should consider following all the dog park etiquette.