Before you and your dog have a glorious day at the dog park there a few things you need to be aware of before you embark. With the right knowledge of do’s and don’ts you and your pup are sure to have a fantastic time!
1. Survey the Scene
Before you and your dog get out of your car to go enjoy the park, do a little drive by and survey the area. Do the dogs in the park look healthy and playful? Does the park have any apparent hazards that would dangerous to your dog? Do a drive by first to make these assessments before you and your pup get out to play.
2. Don’t Hesitate at the Gate
Do not hesitate to long trying to get your dogs leash off at the gate. Instead move briskly through the gate and then take your dogs leash off smoothly. This will keep your dog from getting a little too wound up like this poor little guy above.
3. Recall is Key
Make sure that your dog is properly trained to respond to your voice. Can you call your dog away from treats, playing, or another dog? Make sure that your dog is in tune with your voice in case any situations up rise where you will need them to respond quickly to you.
4. Just Keep Moving
Don’t set yourself up (sitting on a bench) for a crowd of dogs to gather around you wanting a free treat handout. Just stroll around the park, this way you can also keep a better watch on your pup.
5. Don’t Bring Your Best Toys
Your pup will not be too excited about his or her best toy being brought to the park. The thought of sharing that special toy could cause problems. Instead bring a liked toy that your dog is not too attached to in order to steer clear from dramaville.
Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Deitz
Elizabeth Smith has been training dogs, and sometimes horses, most of her life. After teaching (bipeds) for many years she switched gears to teach her species of choice – dogs. She is an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Award, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed through APDT, and certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC – KA) .