Dog Park Etiquette

July 2nd, 2012

Dog Parks are a great way to let your canine pal socialize with other dogs and get some much needed exercise…as they say ‘a tired dog is a happy dog’.

If you’re thinking about taking your dog it’s a good idea to visit a few without ‘Spot’ to select one that is not too large or busy.  It’s also very important to observe the rules posted by the dog park to ensure a safe and happy experience for both canine and human.

Below are just a few basic suggestions for getting the most out of your visit to the dog park:

  • Never leave your dog unattended.
  • Always clean up after your dog. Most parks have waste bags or scoopers available. This is a primary reason that dog parks get complaints, so pay attention to the ’poop’.
  • Make sure your dog is current on his/her shots and has a valid license.
  • Don’t bring dogs younger than 4 months to a dog park. They won’t have all the necessary vaccinations.
  • Toys are best left behind, as not all dogs ‘share’ well.  If you absolutely must bring a toy for a Fetch game, bring a tennis ball you can afford to lose – and be prepared to do just that.
  • Don’t allow your dog to ‘hump’ or dominate other dogs or people.
  • Spayed/neutered animals are recommended–do not bring females in heat if not spayed.
  • Keep your dog on-leash until you get to the off-leash area. This is not just respectful to other dog owners, it’s much safer for your dog.
  • Close all doors to the dog park or dog run after entering or exiting.
  • If your dog becomes unruly or plays rough, leash him and leave immediately.
  • Don’t smoke or eat while at the dog park. Cigarette butts and food wrappers are tempting treats to dogs.

As always, observe and follow all of the rules posted at the dog park and have a ball!