Expert dog lovers probably know the horror of going into the dog parks unprepared and uninformed about situations that may arise from a simple dogs’ ruckus. Incidents happen regularly and a majority of them happen when dogs are unleashed at the dog park. Many people may point their fingers at whoever is responsible for the dog’s behavior, training and education shown as they tour the surrounding area of the park. Therefore, pet owners must be quick to intervene or better yet take into account the matters that could prevent incidents to occur. Below are the guidelines to consider in visiting the dog park. These are classified as dog park etiquette.
- Avoid letting your dogs to mob around dogs that enter the park. Do not allow your dog to sprint up to unknown dogs as this could cause trouble. Observe other dog’s reaction when your dog greets them. Anxiety and inferiority may be seen when dog’s respond to other dogs.
- Train your dog not to steal other dog’s toy or inhibit your dog from crowding other dogs that are playing. If your dog can fetch and respond to calls, that could give you an opportunity to return the toy to the rightful owner.
- Engage your dog in appropriate play. Don’t let them harm other dogs with their overexcitement. When your dog is having fun while its playmate is being trampled on is a big no. This may lead to pet owners’ conflict. Rough play sometimes can be a reason that dogs fight too. So, it’s best to intervene before the situation gets out of hand.
- Don’t take sensitive dogs on an enclosed area on a park where there are more than two dogs per twenty square yards of space. The sensitive dog may become overwhelmed and may start a fight.
- It is highly suggested not to bring dogs less than four months of age. Its immune system may not be mature enough to handle exposure to different health risks. A small dog is also vulnerable to being bullied by other bigger dogs.
- Give your treats and toys only when there are no other dogs nearby. Keep these in mind to avoid being followed by other dogs. Other dogs might get jealous that it doesn’t have its own treat like your dog and may start fighting your own dog for treats.
- Train your dog to greet politely. Call its attention when it starts to slam on people. Dog lovers might like dogs but it is another story when it’s somebody else’s dog that bothers them.
- Never leave your dog unattended. Visiting the park doesn’t mean that you can loiter around and do your unfinished business aside from watching over your dog. Your dog is your responsibility.
- Before visiting the dog park, make sure that you have visited the veterinarian and your dog has completed its vaccination. The risk of acquiring infection is high when exposed to dogs. So, keep the dog’s immune system boosted.
- Clean up your dog’s litter. This is part of your responsibility as pet owner. Contribute to the dog park’s cleanliness while you are inside the premises.
- After hours of running and playing, your dog deserves a good dog bath. Might as well include a dog haircut as a complete reward for behaving properly. Grooming your dog is important after a day out in the park. This helps lowering the risk of flea infestation from other dogs.
These are the guidelines that help you maintain harmonic relationship with other fellow pet lovers. With these tips, your dog will not just be happy but also healthy.