Enjoy the Outdoors with Confidence With These Dog Park Safety Tips
If you’re unprepared, the dog park may be a dangerous place, so use our safety advice when taking your dog to an off-leash play area.
#1: Protect your dog against infectious diseases
Your dog should be up to date on their rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordetella vaccinations at the very least since reputable dog parks demand proof of immunization before allowing entry. Before taking your dog to the park, make sure they are up to date on their leptospirosis, canine influenza, and parainfluenza vaccinations, which may also be necessary or advised.
#2: Visit during off-times
After work, when dogs are bursting with energy and anxious to let go of their day’s tension, dog parks are often the most busy. Overexcited dogs are less likely to adhere to canine manners, which can lead to bullying and fights. To avoid having to worry about a group of dogs chasing after them while they chase a ball, choose an off-peak period to let your dog exercise.
#3: Double up on identification
Accidents do happen, even if it’s improbable that your dog will escape through the twin gates at the park’s entrance. Give your pet numerous kinds of identification, such as collar ID tags, a collar embroidered with your phone number, and a microchip, to ensure a joyous reunion.
#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)
Leave the dog park as soon as your dog shows signs of anxiety to prevent things from getting worse.
Not all dogs should go to off-leash dog parks. Instead of being in a big pack of boisterous dogs, many dogs prefer one-on-one interaction or going on their own adventures. No of the preferred method of socialization for your dog, make sure they receive regular preventive treatment to keep them free from parasites and infectious diseases. Call our staff to make an appointment for your dog’s yearly wellness checkup so they can stay current.