Dog Park Safety | Simple Dog Park Tips & Etiquette
5 Simple Dog Park Tips & Etiquette
With the onset of summer, many Buffalonians are bringing their furry loved ones out to local dog parks around Western New York. The dog park is a great place to let your pup get out of the house, exercise and interact with other dogs, but there are a few things you should always consider, in terms of safety. The other dogs don’t know your pooch, and you can’t always trust that they will make the best of friends.
When going to the dog park there are simple precautions and safety procedures that owners can and should take to ensure your dog enjoys his/herself and stays out of harm’s way. In the event that an emergency does occur, such as an injury or bite from another dog, please always contact Veterinary Emergency Clinic immediately.
SIMPLE DOG PARK TIPS AND ETIQUETTE TO KEEP YOUR DOG, AND OTHERS SAFE:
Walk the Perimeter
When first arriving at the dog park, you should never let him/her off the leash immediately. You want to familiarize your pup with the area and those around. This is a great way to ensure your dog understands the layout, and sees the behavior of the other dogs and owners who are also there. This is the perfect time to determine whether or not it is wise to unleash your pup.
Be Mindful of “Aggressive” Body Language
Your stroll with your dog around the perimeter is a great opportunity to pay attention to both your dog’s, and other dogs’ body language. Dogs communicate through their stance. If you notice an aggressive stance from your dog towards others, or the other way around, then you may want to avoid letting your dogs come in isolated unleashed contact with one another.
Respect Other Dog Owners’ Wishes
Just as every parent raises a child in their own way, understand that dog owners also have specific things they allow and disallow for their pup. If your dog keeps on approaching a dog to assert dominance or even just play, and the owner does not seem to enjoy this interaction, simply respect the owner’s guidelines for their pet. There is plenty of room, take your pooch and move to another area.
Bring a Familiar Toy for Your Dog
It can sometimes be smart to play with your dog one on one to release some energy before letting him/her off the leash. This is another way to prevent your dog from acting like a “kid in a candy shop”. A familiar or favorite toy, is a great way to summon your dog back to you, if he/she starts to wander too far off.
Running around on those hot summer days takes a lot out of your pup. Some dog parks offer a water drinking station for your four legged pal, while others don’t. Consider bring your own cold water and container for your pooch to drink from. This will help to keep them hydrated, and also if the water is cool, aid in cooling them down.
We hope your animal doesn’t ever need to give Veterinary Emergency Clinic a visit, but we understand accidents and emergencies do occur. In the event that something isn’t right with your dog, cat, or other pet, remember that we are here to help when your regular veterinarian isn’t.
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