Dog Park "Do's"

Dog Park "Do's"

  • Expect "meet-and-greet" behavior; i.e. lots of sniffing, boxing and even mild humping as dogs introduce themselves to one another.
  • Know your pet's play style and encourage her to engage with others of similar temperament. Some dogs are genetically wired to run, some to herd and some to guard, and not all predispositions are compatible.
  • Expect any toy you bring to the park to become communal canine property (squeaky toys especially).
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times, and be ready to leash up and leave immediately in the event of objectionable behavior by your pet or others.
  • Come prepared with pick-up bags to clean up after your dog, towels to get the mud off his feet when you return to the car, and copies of vaccination records (required for some parks).

Posted on: October 2, 2011

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