The cold has left, and now the warm spring weather is upon us. And there’s no better way to enjoy it than by taking your beloved pup to the park to get some exercise and sunshine.
Whether you’re a dog park veteran or a newbie, there are certain etiquette rules that should be followed so everyone can have a fun and safe time. When visiting dog parks, your dog’s safety comes first. These tips will help you exude decorum at the park while also ensuring your pup is safe and healthy.
Before visiting a dog park, it’s important to make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccines as well as flea, tick and heartworm medications. By making sure your pet is vaccinated, you can reduce the risk that your dog will get sick from other pets at the park. This will also ensure other dogs don’t get sick from your pet.
It’s also a good idea to leave any treats or food at home. The presence of treats can spark food aggression in your pup or other peoples’ pets.
When you visit parks, make sure to pay attention to your dog at all times. Off-leash dog parks are great for exercise and social interactions but to make sure everyone enjoys their time, keep an eye on your dog’s activities. This way you can make sure your dog is not getting bullied or doing the bullying.
Also make sure your dog has knowledge of basic commands before going to a dog park. Commands such as sit, down, stay, drop it, leave it and a reliable recall are all important to ensure the safety of your pet and others in case of a scuffle. Untrained dogs can be a park nuisance and affect the enjoyment of others. Calling your dog to you when people leave or enter the park is a good tip to avoid crowding the entrance. Dogs can be overwhelmed or intimidated if a large group of dogs surround them.
Always respect signs and park rules. This includes picking up your pets’ waste and disposing of it in appropriate pet waste receptacles. Park rules are set up for the protection of pets and pet owners and ignoring these rules in some circumstances can be illegal. Many cities have enacted a canine waste law which requires pet owners to pick up after their pet or face a fine.
Keep an eye on your pet at all times. This goes beyond just knowing their whereabouts and making sure they stay out of trouble. Warmer weather makes it easier for dogs to get overheated, especially when they are running laps with their pals.
Dogs don’t have the ability to sweat making them prone to overheat more easily. This can be very dangerous and even life threatening to them. Some signs of overheating include heavy panting, dry or pale gums, increased drooling, deep and rapid breathing, weakness, diarrhea and vomiting.
To avoid overheating, make sure you pup has plenty of water and a shady spot to rest. If your pooch exhibits any of these signs, give them water and try to reduce their temperature by placing cool, wet towels over their neck, under their armpits and between their hind legs. If they seem unresponsive, quickly bring them to your vet.
Even the best behaved pets can get loose and run away. This is why it’s imperative to have up-to-date ID tags on your pet at all times. ID tags in conjunction with a microchip can significantly increase the chances of your pet being safely returned if lost. It’s heartbreaking when a pet goes missing, but the use of ID tags can help you get your best friend home if the unthinkable does happen.
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