Spring is coming! The thought of warm weather puts a bounce in everyone’s step, and your furry friend is no exception. Our dog park is a great option for getting out that canine energy, but before you set Fido free to run and make new friends, make sure you’re being safe. Here are a few tips:
- Is your pup less than four months old?They may not be ready yet. Bigger, older dogs can be intimidating or overly rough, leading to a fearful puppy… or an injured one. Make sure your vet gives the okay to play based on your puppy’s size, age, and temperament.
- On a related note, make sure your dog is fully vaccinated, socialized, and trained! All dogs in the dog park should be up to date on shots to ensure that the park is safe for everyone. A dog that isn’t used to other dogs or fully trained may play too roughly, ruining the experience for the other dogs. Dog training is available, and affordable, at many local pet supply stores like Petco or Petsmart.
- Even if the day feels perfect to you, remember that your dog’s fur will mean that his core temperature will run warmer than yours. This means watch the outside temps and make sure your pup is fully hydrated before visiting the park! Nobody feels good when they’re dehydrated, and Rover may be more likely to snap back if he’s overheated and in need of some water.
- The dog park is only fun if it’s fun for your dog! If he seems to be getting fearful or uncomfortable, remove him right away before he gets overwhelmed. Not all dogs are made for the park – some dogs may not like to be around so many others and may prefer a quiet on-the-leash walk with you. If he’s not much for other dogs any other time, odds are good that the dog park just won’t be where he wants to be.
- Never walk away from the park when your pet is in there. Your dog isn’t the only one participating. You are too, even if it’s only to keep an eye out and make sure everything is going well. Walking away to take a quick phone call may seem harmless, but if a playful dispute turns into a serious disagreement while your back is turned, someone could get hurt.
There are a few simple rules to keep in mind in the dog park but if you follow them all, you will have a great option for helping your pup get those wiggles out after a long day! For more details on hours the park is open, rules, and other information, give our office a call at (919) 550 – 3500 or click here for more information.