Dog Park Dos and Don’ts

With the excitement of spring, what could be wrong with jumping in the car and heading down to your local dog park where you can throw the Frisbee for Fido and watch him play with his canine companions? The problem is, many expert trainers advise against taking your dog to the dog park being that it is an unnatural experience that can disrupt the orderly pack structure that dogs naturally adhere to. Many trips to the park result in frustration over your or other dogs disobedience, unwanted aggression, and even vicious fights. Never the less, some people look forward to these parks as one of the very few places their dogs can roam free and may have not yet had one of these horrific experiences. Here is some expert advice on making your trip to the park a good experience for you and your dog if you insist on attending.


To avoid confrontations, injuries, and even lawsuits, take note of the following rules to ensure your dog park experience is a good one for you and your dog as well as others enjoying the park.

Dog Park Rules

1. Keep watch over your dog at ALL times.

2. Make sure your dogs vaccines are all up to date before attending.

3. Its your duty to clean up your dog’s duty so bring some disposable bags.

4. Your dog should know basic commands such as sit, stay, no, and come before entering park.

5. Do not bring your dog to the park if he does not socialize well with other dogs. He will not learn suddenly at the park.

6. Scope out the dog park crowd upon arriving to see if you and your dog will be comfortable with joining in.

7. Keep your dog on his leash until you are safely in the park.

8. Be aware of the parks own rules and follow them.

Things to watch for:

In an instant a pleasant day at the park can turn bad. Look for these signs to anticipate and negate a crisis.

1. If a female dog seems to be in heat other dogs can become aggressive and try to mate. While a female in heat should never be brought to the park, if you spot one it may be best to leave.

2. If your pup is sensitive to the changes in weather or afraid of thunder and lightning, do not remain  at the park at these times.

4. Be aware of when it’s time to call it a day. If your pup is pooped or becoming anxious, aggressive, or showing any unusual behavior it is time to head home.

Dog Bite Dangers:

1. If a bite occurs involving your dog, stay calm while you work through it, dog’s can sense body language and you can help diffuse a situation or make it worse.

2. Separate the dogs immediately to stop any further injury.

3. Check for wounds on both dogs. If their is a puncture wound the dog will need to be taken to the vet immediately for treatment since they are easily infected.

4. Exchange contact information with the other dog’s owner.

5. See if their are any witnesses who can write down what happened and take down their contact info for reference.

6. Know the laws regarding dog bites in your state.

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