Dog Park Dont’s!

We all hate picking up the poop.  But as more and more pet owners leave the scoop at home, the less dog-friendly these places are.

2. Not exercising a dog before taking them into a park.

Not taking a dog for a regular walk and then letting them go nuts at the dog park is like taking someone who has not exercised and having them run a 5K.  Needless to say, there will be some soreness and possibly some injuries.  Dog parks are supplements, not the sole source of exercise.

3. Bringing dogs with rude greeting skills.

No one likes that loud, obnoxious guy at the party, don’t be that guy.  Learning social skills takes time and should be done in small groups with dogs you know, not throwing them into a full dog park.

4. Leaving prong collars and harnesses on dogs while playing.

It can lead to serious injuries if paws or fingers get caught. Believe me, I’ve even seen an eye get injured.

5. Bringing a female in heat or pregnant female.

Other females and intact males will bring natural but possibly unwanted attention and adds a lot of hormones to an already excitable event.

6.) Bringing dogs who you know are sick, not vaccinated, or dewormed to the dog place.

Everyone must do their part to ensure the health and safety of all the dogs that go there.  Some germs and parasites can stay up to 6 months in the environment.   Nothing makes a bite incident worse than if one dog is not up to date on their rabies.  You could find yourself heavily fined.

7. Bringing puppies less than 12 weeks old.

This needs no further comment, don’t do it.

8. Small dogs in the same play area as large dogs.

Even if your small dog is used to big dogs, someone else’s big dog may not know how to properly play with them.  It never fairs well for the small dog.

9. Picking up and carrying a small dog.

It creates a disruption to the canine hierarchy where whoever is tallest is in charge.

10. Bringing in a dog that lacks recall skills.

Your dog should be able to come to you when called.  It’s part of having control over them in case of emergencies.

11. Allowing dogs to bully other dogs.

We have all seen that one dog who goes around, where everyone else is playing nice, and just seems to be starting trouble wherever he/she goes.  There is nothing wrong with your dog, they just need training.   But if you see that your dog is not playing nice,  please restrain them before accidents happen.

12. Letting the dogs ‘work it out.’

“working it out” can mean a trip to the vet for bite wounds and rabies boosters.  Dogs have a different way of handling problems and situations like this can revert to a very natural and wild state.  It’s best to divert attention before tensions run high.

13. Bringing dogs that have resource-guarding problems.

Resource-guarding is a very dangerous behavior on the playground.  It can be the most ferocious you see a dog.

14. Chatting with other humans rather than supervising the dogs

You are there to spend time with your dog, so interact with them.  Although there is some socialization with other dog owners, you must be vigilant about where your pet is and what they are up to.

15. Spending more time looking at a smartphone screen than at the dogs.

Please enjoy the sun, the wind, and your dog having a great time not playing candy crush.  Your dog wants to play with you too, here is the perfect chance.

If you need to schedule an appointment to have your dog vaccinated and dewormed so that they can play safely on the playground call us at Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008!

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By |September 29th, 2017|