Saturday, June 4, 2011

Enjoying your Dog Park

Like any other community, dog parks have their problems.
Here are some suggestions gathered from dog park veterans that will make your dog park visits enjoyable:
Post the rules in writing.

If the park you visit doesn’t post rules, ask that this be done to enhance the visits for everyone. That way no one has an excuse for breaking them.
Take dogs at an early age.

Dogs need to socialize, and first visits to a dog park can be intimidating. He'll get used to being around other dogs and people, and will develop confidence quickly.
Keep emergency collars and leashes on hand.

Some owners like to take their dogs’ collars off before going to the park, and others don’t even bring leashes. Keep a few leashes and choke collars in a nearby storage box or some other place that’s handy.
Ban treats.

Dogs will compete for treats. The safest thing to do is insist that all park users refrain from bringing any dog treats.
Discourage aggressive behavior.

Speak up if a dog gets aggressive more than once. You may find yourself in an argument, but isn’t that better than dog bites, veterinary bills or even lawsuits?
Get to know people’s names.

Keeping peace at the dog park is easier when you’re with friends, and friends know each other’s names. So ask. Write them down if you have to. Learn who your fellow dog park visitors are.

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