Top 4 Dog Park Safety Advice for Responsible Pet Owners: Enjoy the Outdoors with Confidence
The dog park can be a dangerous place for the unprepared, so when venturing into an off-leash play area with your canine companion, follow our tips to keep them safe.
#1: Guard against dangerous infections in your dog
At the very least, your dog needs to be current on their rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordetella vaccinations because respectable dog parks require proof of immunization before permitting access. Leptospirosis, canine influenza, and parainfluenza vaccinations, which may also be required or advised, should all be current before bringing your dog to the park.
#2: Visit during off-times
When the day is ended and the dogs are brimming with energy and anxious to let off steam, dog parks are often the most crowded. Dogs who are overexcited are less likely to behave politely, which can lead to bullying and fights. If you want your dog to be able to exercise without having to worry about a group of dogs chasing after them while they chase a ball, choose an off-peak hour.
#3: Double up on identification
Accidents do happen, even if it’s improbable that your dog will escape through the twin gates at the park’s entrance. Give your pet numerous kinds of identification, such as collar ID tags, a collar embroidered with your phone number, and a microchip, to ensure a joyous reunion.
#4: Watch for warning signals
Watch out for inappropriate behaviour or indications that your dog is uncomfortable since dog parks are not the place to teach socialization skills. Your dog may demonstrate signs of stress, worry, or fear by:
- Running away
- Tucked tail
- Excessive drooling
- Panting disproportionate to activity
- Trembling or shaking
- Cowering or exposing their abdomen
- Clingy behavior
- Lip licking
- Whale eye
- Raised hair
- Reactivity or aggression (e.g., barking, growling, nipping)
At the first hint of unease from your dog, leave the dog park before things escalate.
Not all dogs should go to off-leash dog parks. Instead of being in a big pack of boisterous dogs, many dogs prefer one-on-one interaction or going on their own adventures. No of the preferred method of socialization for your dog, make sure they receive regular preventive treatment to keep them free from parasites and infectious diseases. Call our staff to make an appointment for your dog’s yearly wellness checkup so they can stay current.