Dog Park Etiquette

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Dog Park Etiquette | Dogalize

Anyone who frequents dog parks knows that unpleasant situations are very common, due to wrong behaviors of both dogs and owners. Follow our dog park etiquette to have an enjoyable experience.

Don’t

- ever bring a dog that is under 4 months of age
- take sensitive dogs to an enclosed dog park when it’s too crowded
- take your dog to a dog park if s/he is uncomfortable -- take your dog to a place that s/he enjoys
- bring or use treats and toys when other dogs are nearby
- allow dogs to form loose packs
- allow a dog to bully another
- ever let your dog off-leash in an un-fenced dog park if he/she is not responsive to your verbal commands
- worry if some dogs don’t play with other dogs in a dog park
- bring intact males or females in estrus to a dog park

Do

- consult your veterinarian about your dog’s overall health before going to a dog park
- make sure your dog is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations
- observe the dogs in the dog park to see if there are any potential health or behavior problems
- clean up after your dog
- supervise dogs when they are playing and interrupt any rough play
- leave a dog park if you feel that your dog is either being a bully, the play is getting too rough or your dog is just not having fun
- make sure your young dog is not being bullied or learning bad manners from the other dogs
- be cautious about taking advice from other park patrons who are not dog professionals
- check to see if there is a knowledgeable human on staff to supervise the park – most parks will not have this, but if there is someone, it is a bonus

Source: apdt

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