Dog Park Safety
Dog Park Safety
Here at Aurora Family Dog Training, we love off-leash dog parks! They’re a great way to exercise, socialize and just have fun with your dog. But there are a few things to consider before bringing your dog to an off-leash dog park.
Will Your Dog Enjoy The Park?
As obvious as it is, you have to ask yourself, “will my dog even enjoy the dog park?” The fact is, some dogs find the experience completely overwhelming. Other dogs aren’t quite ready for it and may need to work with a local dog trainer before taking on an off-leash park.
Consider how your dog usually reacts to meeting a new dog. Does
How Well Trained Is Your Dog?
How Well Do You Know Your Dog’s Behavior?
Even a basic understanding a canine body language can help prevent dog park interactions from going south. While we don’t agree with some of the language used in this video (such as the tired idea of your dog challenging your authority) this video will help you understand some of the basic body languages of your dog
While determining the dog’s breed can sometimes be hard if you do know the breed of your dog that can give you some important clues as to how your dog is going to interact at the park. Herding breeds (like cattle dogs) in particular can have a difficult time at the park as they will try to herd the other dogs!
Whereas dogs like German Shorthaired Pointers are just happy to finally have enough room to run. Speak with your dog trainer to find out more about their experience with your particular breed of dog at the dog park.
Make Sure You’re Up To Date On Vaccines
Consult your veterinarian on what vaccine they recommend before going to a dog park. Vaccinations against parvovirus and distemper are non-negotiable. We also suggest having vaccines against Bordetella and even leptospirosis depending on where you live.