Dog Park Etiquette

Dog parks have gained increasing popularity over the past few years. They are ideal for any dog owner who lives in an apartment or has a small yard. A dog park is a good place to take your dog for playtime. It allows your dog to socialize with other dogs and people in an environment where you can closely monitor its activities. As a visitor to a dog park, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when it comes to proper etiquette. First of all, most dog parks will have rules posted. Be sure to read these rules and follow them. Secondly, always take waste bags with you. Even if your dog park has a waste bag dispenser, it may be out when you need it. It’s best to come prepared. You may also want to take bottled water and a collapsible dog bowl with you for when you or your dog gets thirsty. If you have a regular schedule for when you visit the park, you may see the same owners and dogs there. It is easy to form acquaintances with others while your dogs play together in the park. Watch out for cliques and troublemakers though. Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog while he or she is playing. Look for signs that your dog is bullying or being bullied. Whether your dog is the aggressor or the victim, it is probably a good idea to leave and come back another time. Don’t wear nice clothes to the dog park. Even if you have just gotten in from work, take a moment to change into something more suitable for playing with your dog and other dogs in the park. Avoid talking on your cell phone so that you can pay attention to your dog’s behavior. You want to make sure that he or she is happy and having fun. If not, a dog park may not be for you.

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