Etiquette at the Dog Park

Let's discuss proper etiquette at the dog park. The dog park shouldn't be a free-for-all. To keep things in order and enjoyable there are some tips that all dog owners should follow. This article offers some dog park etiquette that can help keep humans and dogs happy while at the dog park.

If you only have one dog and it's not normally around other dogs you may want to train it a little before venturing to frequent dog park visits. Your dog doesn't have to be perfect to go to the dog park, but it should be leash trained and follow simple commands from you. Try exposing your pooch to a friend's or neighbors' dog before your first trip to the dog park.

If your dog is aggressive you may want to avoid the dog park until your furry friend is thoroughly trained. You don't want your dog to constantly bark or get into any fights while at the dog park. Aggressive dogs cause problems for the other dogs as well as people. If you are aware that your dog is aggressive to people besides you or other animals it's probably best for everyone if you just avoid the park.

Everywhere you go, you should have your baggies on you to pick up after your dog. The dog park isn't the exception to this rule. If nobody picks up after their dogs, the dog park will no longer be enjoyable. To keep your shoes clean and your nose happy, set an example and pick up after your dog.

Try to avoid distractions. While at the dog park you need to watch your dog, play with them, and discipline them if needed. If you take your children or are talking on your cell phone then you probably aren't paying enough attention to your dog. Never forget that dogs can get into trouble too.

Some people have multiple dogs which is great until they take them all to the dog park at once. If you have five dogs that you are exposing to a park full of other dogs things could get out of hand, you never know. You might want to bring a friend or family member to help with all your dogs or only take one or two dogs at a time. 

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