4 Important Dog Park Safety Tips for Pet Owners

When visiting an off-leash play area with your dog, remember our safety advice because the dog park may be a dangerous place for those who are unprepared.

#1: Prevent infectious diseases in your dog

Your dog must be current on its rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordetella vaccinations in order to enter a reputable dog park, which typically requires proof of immunization before giving access. Before taking your dog to the park, make sure they have all of their shots for leptospirosis, canine influenza, and parainfluenza.

#2: Go while fewer people and dogs are around

After the workday is finished, when the dog parks are packed with boisterous dogs wanting to let off steam, this is often when they are most crowded. Canine conflicts and bullying can occur because overexcited dogs are less likely to adhere to good behavior. For your dog to be able to play and exercise without having to worry about a pack of dogs chasing after them, choose an off-peak hour.

#3: Use at least two forms of identification

Accidents do happen, despite the fact that it’s unlikely your dog will escape through the double gate at the park’s entrance. Equip your animal companion with multiple means of identification, such as collar ID tags, a collar embroidered with your phone number, and a microchip, to ensure a happy reunion.

#4: Keep an eye out for caution signs

Inappropriate behaviors or indications that your dog is uneasy should be watched out for since dog parks are not the right setting for socialization lessons. Your dog may exhibit the following signs of stress, worry, or fear:

  • Running away
  • Tucked tail
  • Freezing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Panting disproportionate to activity
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Cowering or exposing their abdomen
  • Clingy behavior
  • Lip licking
  • Whale eye
  • Raised hair
  • Reactivity or aggression (e.g., barking, growling, nipping)

Leave the dog park as soon as your dog exhibits even the slightest sign of anxiety to avoid things getting worse.

Not all dogs are suited for off-leash dog parks. Instead of being in a big pack of boisterous dogs, many dogs prefer one-on-one interactions or independent exploration. Whatever the preferred method of socialization for your dog, make sure they receive regular preventive treatment to keep them free from parasites and infectious diseases. To stay up to date, call our staff to arrange for your dog’s yearly health checkup.