Dog Park Guide – Etiquette and Common Rules

Dog Park Tompkins Square Big Dog RunBefore you visit your local dog park, make sure you have a full understanding of their rules, although most dog parks have similar rules. So here is a basic dog park guide for first-timers looking to spend a day at the park with their pets. First, make sure that your dog will behave and listens to your basic commands. If you can’t control your dog then you should not bring him or her to the dog park, it’s as simple as that. The best thing you can do is take your dog there as a puppy, so the dog will have the chance to socialize with other people and dogs while growing up. That’s a great way to ensure that your dog will behave at dog parks, however you know your dog the best so it shouldn’t be hard to tell if he or she will behave.

Aggressive dogs are not allowed at dog parks, and for good reasons. Many animals and people have been attacked at dog parks due to an irresponsible person bringing an aggressive dog to the park. If you know your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs, then the dog park is not a good place for him to go. Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccines and isn’t going to put other dogs at risk for an illness, or vice versa. If you have a female make sure she is not in heat, as all the male dogs will swarm her and this can cause a disturbance at the park.

If you have a good dog that behaves at the park, then make sure that you are on your best behavior as well. That means you need to be paying attention to your dog at all times, instead of talking with friends or making phone calls to family members across the country. The most important thing you can do is to make sure the dog stays in your vision, as you are the only person responsible for your dog. Aside from that, you need to pick up after your dog’s mess and bring poop bags, as that is a rule every dog park enforces.

Some parks will require that dog to stay on the leash at all times, and some allow dogs off the leash, so make sure you have a clear understanding of the park’s rules before you let your dog free. Another common rule is that dog parks usually don’t allow people to bring food and eat on the property, as this can cause a disturbance among the dogs. Do you really want a big Bullmastiff chasing after your lunch? I don’t think so.

Watch “Malcolm” visit the dog park for the first time, this dog loves it! It’s great to see how dogs get along with each other and play at the park, they are very fun to watch.