Summer is here and and the dog parks are full. A lot of times when we go we get caught up in the moment watching all the other cute dogs and talking to their people. Remember these dog park etiquette/rules to make your visit better.
- Obey the rules. Always obey the regulations posted at the dog park.
- Be up-to-date of immunizations and flea/tick treatment. If there is a brawl, the last thing you want is the other pet not be immunized against rabies or for them to bring fleas.
- Be present. Leave the lattes, long necks, lunch, smokes and smart phones at home, you can catch up later. This is your dog’s play time, let them have fun and watch their interactions.
- Come prepared. Plastic bags, treats, water, etc…
- Never discipline other people’s dogs. Even if you are a trainer, if they didn’t ask for help don’t get involved.
- Always clean up after your dog. You don’t like stepping in other dog’s poo… neither do we. Be polite and clean up.
- Don’t bring dogs younger than 4 months. They need to have all the necessary inoculations before they can play safely with other animals.
- Spay/neutered dogs are recommended, but NEVER bring a female dog in season if not spayed.
- Don’t bring more dogs than you can handle. A good rule of thumb is no more than 2 dogs per person.
- Always keep your dog on leash until you reach the off leash area.
- And remember, NEVER leave your dog unattended.
The dog park is the perfect place for your best friend to socialize and get a lot of energy out. Let them have fun, but be prepared and safe.