The sun is shining and the weather is sweet at your favorite dog park. You’re chatting with a fellow dog owner while Fido’s playing with a mate. All of a sudden the bully down the street decides to play not so nice and it’s starting to turn ugly, but the bully’s owner is not paying attention. These are never fun moments so we thought we might take a moment to remind everyone of some basic dog park etiquette.
First things first, always watch your dog, and be attentive. Most of the time your pup is friendly and easy going, but we all have our days and so does your dog. If you notice Fido isn’t playing as nice as usual, try to intervene and if it continues; leave the park and come back at a later time.
Be sure to spay or neuter your pet before even stepping anywhere near a dog park. Not only is this often required in dog parks, it’s just common sense. Also, please take care of any parasites your pet may have. Fleas and ticks spread so easily and a dog park is like heaven for them. Give your pet year-round flea and tick preventative like Frontline Plus.
Last but not least, please pick up your pooch’s poop. Don’t pretend you didn’t see it happen or you don’t have a baggy to pick it up with. We all know what you’re doing and it’s rude. It could even result in a hefty fine for you or even worse, get you banned from the park all together. Dog parks are meant for fun, follow these simple rules and everyone will be none the happier!