6 Safety Tips to Have a Fun & Safe Trip to the Dog Park:
1. Up-to-Date on Shots
Make sure your dog is up to date on their shots. This Is a safety precaution for your own dog, and the dogs it comes into contact with.
2. Wear Collar With Tags
Always make sure your dog is wearing a collar with their tag. Even though they are fenced in, there is a chance they may escape so you want to make sure they can be easily identified if so.
3. Bring the Necessities
Always come prepared with the proper supplies. Despite that most dog parks have poop bag stations and water fountains for your pets, you should always come prepared with your own supplies just in case.
4. No Congregating at Entrance
Don’t let your dog congregate at the gate. When a dog is entering the park area, you don’t want them to be overwhelmed by dogs surrounding it immediately. As you see a dog trying to enter, be sure to call your pup away to reduce the chance of reactiveness. You should also expect this when you are entering the park. Ask the owners to call their dogs so your dog can enter peacefully.
5. No Leashes
Do not leave your dog on a leash. When a dog is leashed and surrounded by unleashed dogs, it can lead to stress and potential reactiveness. If you aren’t comfortable having your dog off a leash, it might be best to avoid the dog park.
6. Know Your Dog’s Temperament
Know your dog! If your dog is kind of shy and you want to go to the dog park primarily to play fetch, it is best to go when the dog park isn’t busy. Dog parks tend to get busy during the weekends and after 6 on weekdays.