Pick a Park for Your Pet and Be Polite

photo by Tom Grotta

We’ve got a few great places near our house where we can go for a romp and I love it when we do.  We recently visited a local park that welcomes pooches as well as people, where I met another Aussie, a border collie, an mini-Aussie mix, a Golden Retriever, a terrier, a Labradoodle and what might have been a dachshaund/beagle mix and we all had a great walk on a beautiful day. There’s a sign at the park we go to that lists rules for visiting dogs and a wooden box full of plastic bags for cleanup.

photo by Tom Grotta

There are a few rules of Dog Park Etiquette that apply wherever you go:

  • make sure your dog is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations and has a valid license
  • keep an eye on other dogs to avoid potential health or behavior problems
  • always clean up after your dog
  • supervise dogs when they are playing and interrupt any rough play
  • think twice if your dog is not spayed or neutered
  • never bring a dog that is under 4 months of age — it won’t have had all its shots and its not safe for it to play with other dogs
  • don’t take your dog to a dog park if he or she is uncomfortable for any reason —  find a place you both enjoy
  • don’t bring or use treats and toys when other dogs are nearby
  • don’t let your dog off-leash in an un-fenced dog park if he or she is not responsive to your verbal commands
  • don’t spend your time talking on a cell phone – supervise your dog at all times
  • Always observe all of the rules posted at your local dog park. Each town has its own set of regulations: please follow them
To find a designated Dog Park in your heighborhood, visit the Find a Dog Park page at DogPark.com: http://www.dogpark.com/find-a-dog-park/
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One Response to Pick a Park for Your Pet and Be Polite
  1. Usuwanie zmarszczek
    September 14, 2012 | 12:12 pm

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