The dog park can be a great thing for your dog(s). But it can also be very risky. Here are some tips on getting the most out of the dog park and minimizing the risks.
1 – Know your dog! If your dog is afraid of other dogs and/or people, the dog park is not the place to take him to “get over it”. Hire a trainer to help you with his issues and evaluate when and if he’s ready for the dog park. The same goes double for dogs that are aggressive with other dogs. It’s unfair to the other park users to let your “bully” rule the park. Not to mention the risks you face should your dog hurt another dog or person.
Also, what type of play style does your dog have? Is he a wrestler, a chaser, or more of cocktail party mingler? Help your dog find dogs that have compatible styles. You might even try to schedule your visits when you know those dogs will be there… and avoid going when incompatible dogs frequent the park. (more…)