THE PARK > GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
Please read the following safety tips before coming to the dog park. We want your visit to be safe and fun for you and your dog. And remember, vaccinated dogs only.
Many people have heard the adage that a dog is a perpetual 2 year old. This advice is good to remember when bringing your dog to the park.
Tip # 1:
Before bringing your dog into the dog park, leave your pooch at home and visit the park yourself. Notice the dynamics between the dogs and people. Notice the dog sizes and areas of the park that are set aside for them. This gives you an idea of what to expect before your excited pooch overwhelms you.
Tip # 2:
Bring your dog to the dog park on his leash. Dogs get excited and want to bolt to the play area. Keeping your excited pup on a leash protects him from traffic, pedestrians, cyclists, and other dogs going to the park.
Tip # 3:
Remove your dog's leash when entering the fenced area. Be mindful of other dogs. A leashed dog can feel threatened when an unleashed dog runs up to her and starts barking. There may be a time when you would rather keep your dog leashed. This is fine, but be aware how all the dogs are behaving.
Tip # 4:
Do not bring food or treats into the dog park. Every dog will want to be your best friend and a pack of dogs will form around you. This can lead to aggression, dog fights, or nipped fingers. Also, be mindful that some dogs have food allergies or are on special diets.
Tip # 5:
NO SMOKING ! That inquisitive pup may sniff or step on your burning butt. Also, the dog park has a variety of burnable material on the ground such as bark chips, dry grass, and dry leaves.
Tip # 6:
Pick up your doggie do-do. Let's face it; a dog park generates lots of poop. Be polite and pick up after your dog. If you cannot find your dog's deposit, look around and pick up a pile someone else missed.
Tip # 7:
If your dog shows signs of aggression or tries to pick a fight, please leave and come back later. Sometimes a dog will behave better when fewer dogs are around.
Tip # 8:
If a dog fight does break out, do not reach in for your dog or get between them. There is a good chance you will get bitten. There are many noteworthy internet links addressing this issue and they should be investigated. The best advice is to be aware of your dog and his behavior. Address pooch posturing before fights break out.
Tip # 9:
Watch for running dogs. They can slam into your knee and knock you to the ground. Also watch for holes in the park. That digging dingo can dig an ankle turning divot.
Tip # 10:
Small running children - fast food or squeaky toy? Some dogs can see a small running child as prey. Please keep children under your direct supervision. Please refer to this link for children in the dog park.
Dogs love the dog park. The park is here first and foremost for them. These tips are meant to keep you and your hound happy and safe.