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Dog Park Etiquette – What You Need To Know

Taking your dog to a dog park is an excellent alternative to regular people parks! Obviously, a dog park is much more pet friendly than your average park where you might deal with pet haters or nervous parents who are uncomfortable with your Fido taking an interest in their child. Just because it’s a park for dogs though, doesn’t mean there aren’t rules and an expected etiquette to ensure all pets and pet parents have the best time possible! Are you a little unsure about what’s okay and what’s not? Check out our list of etiquette and common dog park peeves.

Dog Park Etiquette

  • Know your dog – Most important dog park etiquette is that you know your dog’s preferences, behavior, and sensitivities. If your dog tends to be aggressive and protective, it may be best to keep then on a leash or in a less occupied part of the park. Never let your dog off a leash in an unfenced portion of a park – especially if they rarely listen to your commands.
  • Do Remove The Leash & Harnesses – Once in a fenced in area, always remove the leash and harness. Keeping a dog on a leash in a dog park not only negates the purpose of the park, but also poses a tripping or tangling hazard for your pet, other pets, and other patrons. In heavy play, dogs can get entangled in harnesses causing injury or fights.
  • Stay involved – Don’t just let your dog loose then go sit in the shade somewhere oblivious to what your pet’s up to. Feel free to chat with other pet owners, but never without being aware of your pet. Avoid distractions by smart phones too. Know where your dog is and what it’s doing.
  • Spay & Neuter – If your pet is not spayed or neutered, keep them on a leash or very close to you to prevent any unwelcome promiscuous behavior.
  • Play vs. Fight – Know the difference between dogs playing and dogs fighting. If you have a larger pet, make sure their play stays limited to dogs of a similar size. Dogs often don’t know their own strength and it can be easier for the larger breeds to injure the smaller ones.
  • Avoid Packs – Make sure your dog isn’t teaming up with a large pack. Even packs of normally docile and domesticated dogs can turn dangerous. Try to limit your pets playmates to no more than three at a time.
  • Clean-up Waste – Just because you’re in a dog park, doesn’t mean you don’t have to be prepared to clean up any waste your dog may leave.

  • Health Check – Make sure your pet is up to date on his or her vaccinations and not sick. Furthermore, keep your pet away from any other dogs that may be exhibiting symptoms of disease or mites.
  • No Puppies Allowed – Avoid taking a new puppy younger than twelve weeks to a dog park. They are vulnerable, often don’t have all their shots yet, and may be a target for bullies.
  • Hire a Pet Sitter – Many pet sitters are trained for dealing with dogs and are a great option if you’re not comfortable or don’t have the time to take your dog out for socializing and exercise!

Not sure if there is a dog park near you? Check out dogpark.com to find one! Remember, YOU are responsible for your pet’s actions.

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Have Fun Walking Your Pet, Part 2

 

Enjoy walking your pet in a safe and non-toxic environment, but there are also situations to be aware of, and practices to be safe while walking your pet. Continued from our last post, follow the remaining tips while out and about with your pet:

  • Your pet likes to meet people; great! However, jumping is not. Teach them not to jump on others with a treat from you and the other person they’re attempting to jump on with a friendly greeting.
  • If you’re going for a long walk, bring water, treats, poop bags, and a walking stick for leverage and possible safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, and with warmer weather be on the lookout for snakes, scorpions, spiders and bees.
  • Take your pets on new walks; not just the regular routine. Walk with friends, to friends’ houses and dog park.
  • Spray your self with insect repellant; natural repellant is best, and make sure you spray only you, not your pet, as repellants can be dangerous and very toxic.

Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-walking-101

Have Fun Walking Your Pet

Do you enjoy walking your pet? You do?! Well good, because they enjoy it too. Not only is it great exercise for your pet, keeps them active, and provides them fresh air, it’s just as good for you. However, walking your pet can be difficult if your pet pulls on a leash, or the leash is harsh on your hands. There is also traffic you have to look out for, as well as deciding when and where to walk your dog. We have provided several tips on how, what, when and where to walk your pet:

Leashes

  • Leather leashes are the easiest.
  • Nylon leashes hold up well in cold and warm weather, but are not the best for the hands.
  • Chain leashes are hard on the hands, but are very good while walking your pet, especially those who like to tug or bite.
  • Flexi-leads are best while walking your pets in the park, but not in a high-traffic area.

Pulling on the Leash:

  • If you have a pet that’s pretty active while on the leash, attempt to walk he or she in the middle of the day, if possible.
  • Attempt to walk when other animals or wildlife are likely not to be out. 
  • A head halter is useful for those pets excited on the leash.

Keep Out of Grass and Flower Beds:

  • Spring plants like daffodils and tulips cause stomach problems, so keep the leash short while letting your pooch sniff the pretty flowers.
  • Keep your pets off lawns during warmer months, because of insecticides, and other toxic lawn products.

To Be Continued…

Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-walking-101

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