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Tips on Dog Park Etiquette

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Tips on Dog Park Etiquette

“it’s important that you understand
your dog’s comfort level before
visiting the dog park"

By Emma Forster
Manager, Island Pet Source
By Emma Forster Manager, Island Pet Source

It’s easy to understand the dog park’s appeal. We imagine our dogs having a great time running around, meeting new dog pals, playing nicely and sharing the space. Unfortunately, sometimes, the reality doesn’t live up to our expectations. The truth is that dog parks are not a fun, exciting playground for every dog. Some dogs are nervous in off-leash, uncontrolled situations with strange dogs so it’s important that you understand your dog’s comfort level before visiting the dog park.

As a responsible dog owner, it’s essential to know the basics of dog park etiquette. Learn what play gestures are engaging and socially appropriate to dogs and what is considered rude and obnoxious. Recognize that bouncing all over others, persistently inviting play when other dogs are disinterested, and roughhousing are not appreciated by most dogs. Intervene if your dog is not behaving well. If you don’t, the dogs will put a stop to the unwanted attention and things may escalate into an attack or fight, which can lead to injuries and confrontations between owners.

We know that cell phones are a major distraction—even in a dog park. Devices take away our ability to listen to dogs and owners, to pay attention to our dog’s interactions, and to act quickly when necessary. Respect among dogs and their owners is key to having the dog park become an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Let us know how we can help. Please visit our Island Pet Source portal listing here on GoWestShore for all of our contact information.

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