Best Dog Park Safety Tips for Pet Owners
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-
After the workday is finished, when the dog parks are packed with boisterous dogs wanting to let off steam, this is often when they are most crowded. Canine conflicts and bullying can occur because overexcited dogs are less likely to adhere to good canine manners. For your dog to be able to play and exercise without having to worry about a pack of dogs chasing after them, 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
Watch out for inappropriate behaviour or indications that your dog is uncomfortable since dog parks are not the place to teach socialization skills. Your dog may demonstrate signs of stress, worry, or fear by:
- 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 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.