The dog park is the local playground for your fur-child to run, meet up with friends and make new friends. It Is up to their Pet Parent (or dog walker) to make this an enjoyable experience. Just like a human child, you have to watch over your pup and their interactions the entire time you’re there.
With our event, Walk & Roll for Rescue, coming up in a month, we felt it only made sense to share some dog park etiquette. Here are some unwritten rules, with most parks, to remember:
Know Before You Go
Is your dog ready to socialize with other dogs? Truthfully, not all dogs don’t want to be around other dogs especially if those dogs are too aggressive for your pup’s taste. If this is the case, go to a different park that has less fur-kids playing in it or go at a different time when there are less dogs to interact with socially. Just changing that small detail can make all the difference for your fur child and the amount of enjoyment they have at the park.
Stay on Alert
It’s important to remember that you can’t let your dog out of your sight. It only takes a second for a situation to become aggressive and violent. Whether it is your dog protecting themselves or another dog attacking, you have to notice the danger signs before something happens.
Recognize a Bully
Yes, dogs can be a bully too. These overly aggressive dogs have not been properly socialized and can quickly take over the park with their aggressive behavior. As the parent of an aggressive dog, recognize this behavior and remove your dog from the park. They are better to play with other aggressive dogs or just with their human family.
If your dog is being bullied, you have the right to stand up for your fur-child and ask the other Pet Parent to get their dog. Protect your fur child from this situation by removing them from the situation. It is this reason why some parks have 2 separate parks for big dogs and small dogs. Small dogs are easily intimidated.