Dog parks are an excellent place for you and your pup to socialize, bond, and let off some energy, but with all that fun and freedom comes responsibility. Rules and regulations are in place to ensure the safety and fun of every visitor. Here are some things to consider while you're having fun at the dog park:
  • You are responsible for your animal. If you're dog is not properly socialized towards strangers - both two- and four-legged -  then the dog park might not be the best place for them. Consider doggie daycamp instead.

  • Make sure your pup is up-to-date on their vaccinations.

  • Pick up after your dog. Messes are unsightly and unsanitary. Remember to scoop, bag, and dispose of waste properly.

  • Dogs that aren't spayed or neutered can cause excitement or aggression in other dogs, especially if they're in heat. Dogs in heat should be left at home. Be forewarned if your dog is not fixed, shenanigans might go down.

  • Do not bring food into the park. Not only could you lose your lunch to a hungry pup, it could cause aggression between you and other dogs. Best to leave your food in the car. This goes for treats as well. Opt for verbal praises instead.

  • No small children. We all know that dog play can be fast, furious, and destructive. Leave the little ones at home to keep them from being at risk of bad experiences, injuries, or getting trampled.

  • No puppies. Puppies under four months still need to finish their vaccinations and could contract illnesses from other dogs. Wait until they're old enough to play with the big dogs.

  • Sharing isn't always caring. While you can bring your own dog toys with you, be aware that not all dogs could be willing to share. Some might be toy aggressive or possessive, which could lead to tantrums.

  • Keep your leash with you, even at unleashed dog parks. You may need to quickly remove your pet from an unpleasant situation or dog at any given time.

  • Make sure your pet has identification. In the event of an escape, or just because you're leaving the house, make sure your pet has a collar and up-to-date identification tags.

  • Stay alert and have fun. A trip to the dog park is about spending time with your dog, not for catching up with friends or playing on your phone. When you're attentive and aware, problems are less likely to occur.
Remember that dog parks are a fun bonding experience. By obeying park rules and etiquette, you can ensure that everyone has a pleasant, safe experience.