Unleash the Fun While Being Safe with These 4 Dog Park Safety Tips
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: Protect your dog against infectious diseases
Your dog must, at the at least, be current on their rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordetella vaccinations because reputable dog parks demand proof of vaccination before giving access. Leptospirosis, canine influenza, and parainfluenza vaccinations may also be necessary or advised, so make sure your dog is up to date before taking him to the park.
#2: Go when it’s not busy
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
Although it’s unlikely your dog will slip out of the double gate at the entrance to the park, accidents can happen. Ensure a happy reunion with your furry friend by outfitting them with several identification forms, including collar ID tags, a collar embroidered with your phone number, and a microchip.
#4: Watch for warning signals
Keep a close eye out for inappropriate actions or indications that your dog is uneasy since dog parks are not the appropriate setting for socialization lessons. Your dog may display signs of stress, worry, or fear as:
- 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 are appropriate for off-leash dog parks. Many dogs would to interact with people one-on-one or go exploring on their own than in a big pack of boisterous dogs. Regardless of the socializing style your dog chooses, make sure they receive routine preventive care to keep them free from parasites and infectious diseases. Call our staff to make an appointment for your dog’s yearly wellness examination.