The dog park can be a fun place for dogs and their owners alike. However, there are always a few precautions you should keep in mind before putting yourself and your pet in an environment that could turn dangerous. Today we’re listing some tips you can use to ensure you’re being as safe as possible at the dog park.
#1: Make sure you exercise your dog beforehand
The dog park is full of stimulants your pet will find exciting: other dogs, other people, and a whole lot of socialising. However, an overly excited dog could annoy or offend another dog with their excitement.
To try and avoid this, try exercising your dog before letting them off lead at the dog park. This will help your dog release any excess excitement or energy that may have built up after a whole day at home. Think of it like a jog before the sprint!
#2: Double-check that your dog is suitable for the park
For the safety of your own pet and others at the dog park, you should ensure your dog is actually suitable for the park.
Don’t bring your dog to the dog park if he or she is:
- A puppy
- Pregnant/on the heat
- Unvaccinated, or not up-to-date on vaccinations
- Not desexed
- Aggressive, possessive or antisocial
#3: Always bring plastic bags
All dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets, and this rule is just as valid in the dog park. It pays to be prepared with your own plastic bags, especially because not all dog parks will offer them.
#4: Pay close attention to your dog’s body language
While you might see the dog park as a place to meet like-minded dog owners, your first priority should always be watching your dog’s behaviour. Failing to do so might lead to an altercation with another dog.
Not every dog enjoys the dog park, either. Your dog might be shy and if he or she is hanging around your legs, that’s a sure sign they are uncomfortable. Be attentive to these cues and remove your dog from the setting if you notice them.
Vets in Endeavour Hills is a Narre Warren vet that can assist with any concerns you might have about your pet. Call our friendly vets on (03) 9700 2264 to schedule an appointment today.