The dog park can be a great way to allow your pet to have some physical and mental stimulation away from home, as well as meeting other dog owners. However, there are some basic rules you should be aware of. Knowing the basic rules (as well as the ones applicable to different dog parks) will help to prevent fights and attacks in the park. In this blog, we’re listing the dog park rules everyone should know to keep it a safe, playful place.
#1: Only exercising your dog at the park
Exercising your dog before going to the dog park seems like a tip that defeats the purpose of a park trip. However, the park is an extremely stimulating place for a dog and a fight can easily escalate if your dog is overly excited. Exercising your dog beforehand will help it to release pent-up energy it may have from being at home all day.
#2: Bringing a dog that is not suitable for the park
While you might want your dog to get all the playtime it deserves, sometimes certain dogs just aren’t suitable to bring to dog parks.
You should not bring your dog to the dog park if he or she is:
- A puppy
- Pregnant/on the heat
- Unvaccinated, or not up-to-date on vaccinations
- Not desexed
- Aggressive or possessive
#3: Not bringing plastic bags
While some dog parks may offer plastic bags, it is still your responsibility to bring some just in case there aren’t. Picking up after your dog is basic decency and this rule is just as applicable in a dog park as it is on a local sidewalk.
#4: Not paying attention to your dog
As an owner, it is your duty to ensure your dog feels comfortable and is not putting other dogs in danger. You should be attentive to cues that signal your dog might want to leave the dog park; hanging around your legs is one of those signs. In the worst case scenario, not watching your dog can even lead to a fight.
If you’re looking for a vet in East Kew to consult, Vets on Balwyn should be your first port of call. Get in touch today on (03) 9857 8100 to schedule an appointment for your pet.