Basic guidelines for having fun with your dog at the dog park:
Spring is finally here, and lots of us will be heading out to the dog park after being cooped up all winter. A trip to the dog park is meant to be fun, but it can be stressful if your dog or someone else’s is not properly trained or supervised.
First of all, be prepared. Your dog should be in good health and up to date on her vaccinations. Check with Claus Paws Vancouver Veterinarians if you’re not sure your dog is current. She should have proper ID, and have a basic level of obedience training before you consider heading to the dog park. Make sure to take along waste bags, a water bowl, and a leash.
At the entrance to the park you will want to take a moment to observe what is going on in the park, and who is there. Go in slowly and leave your dog on the leash until she is calm. Be prepared to leave if other dogs are being aggressive, or your dog is aggressive toward others. You can always try again another day when the dynamics are different.
While at the park, it is important that your dog is trained to come when you call so you can prevent problems before they begin. You can consider the play among dogs to be normal when dogs are relaxed and non-threatening. Normal play can include barking, growling, pawing, wrestling, bowing, and chasing. As long as all are playing nicely and are properly socialized, you and your dog will have a good time. If anyone becomes aggressive, it’s time to move to another part of the park, or just leave for the day.