Dog park 101

Many municipalities are now equipped with dog parks. A beautiful initiative. Especially since many towns prohibit dogs, access to public parks. For those unaware, a dog park is a fenced area that allows dogs to stretch their legs without restriction. In fact, in dog parks, our ‘Pitous’ do not need to be on a leash and can play with other dogs and get the exercise they so desperately need.

First, during his visit to the park, your dog must be healthy, it must be free of parasites (intestinal worms, heart worm, fleas ...) and his vaccination must be current.

First, during his visit to the park, your dog must be healthy, it must be free of parasites (intestinal worms, heart worm, fleas …) and his vaccination must be current.

However, certain rules must be followed if you want the time spent at the park, to be enjoyable for everyone. Some dog parks display their regulations at the entrance,those rules apply to the dogs and their masters. Unfortunately, most parks do not. Here are some tips to follow if you decide to make a foray into the wonderful world of dog parks.

First, during his visit to the park, your dog must be healthy, it must be free of parasites (intestinal worms, heart worm, fleas …) and his vaccination must be current. If your pet is sick, make sure he has fully recovered before returning to the park. This is for the well-being of your pet and the well-being of the other animals frequenting the park.

Another important thing to realize, dog parks are not made for aggressive dogs. Unfortunately, many owners  struggle with this fact. Dogs that show aggression towards other dogs should not attend these parks. At least when there are other dogs. If this is the case, bring your aggressive dog when the park is free, usually early morning or late evening. Above all, avoid the weekends!

If this is your first experience, see how your pooch reacts with neighborhood dogs before starting with a pack of overexcited dogs.

Dogs that are terrorized by other dogs have no pleasure  visiting dog parks. Often, these dogs prefer to play with people rather than with other quadrupeds. Do not punish them by forcing them to socialize with other dogs.

That being said, there are techniques of behavioral changes that can help your dog, to not be scared of other dogs, and techniques to tame  warlike tendencies and correct bad characters. Talk to your veterinarian and he may refer you to a specialist in animal behavior.

Even if your dog has the right to play off-leash in the park, it is very important to always watch it. This is not the place to read the newspaper or a book. If your dog  poops,  pick it up immediately (Elementary rule). If  your dog is involved in a skirmish, take immediate action.

Avoid giving treats to your dog when it is in the park. It can sometimes trigger battles.

If your dog has a favorite toy, leave it at home. In the park, offer  a toy that has little value and can easily be replaced.

If you have a small dog and big dogs are in the park at the same time, be careful. It is true that some dogs (especially hunting breeds) have a big prey drive,  but some smaller dogs sometimes tend to pick fights with larger dogs also. The consequences of this can be catastrophic.

Females in heat should not attend dog parks. They can cause battles between males.

Avoid periods of extreme heat and let it drink regularly.

In short, as you can see, all these rules  can easily be summed up in three words: basic common sense! By following these rules,your stay at the dog park will be more enjoyable and safe.

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