Mistakes Humans Make at the Dog Park

Do you take your dog or dogs to the dog park? It can be a lot of fun, but be sure you follow proper dog park etiquette. Below is a list of things that dog owners should watch for while at the park with their pets.

  1. Not picking up after a dog.
  2. Not exercising a dog before taking her into a park.
  3. Bringing dogs with rude greeting skills.
  4. Leaving prong collars and harnesses on dogs while playing.
  5. Keeping dogs on leashes inside an off-leash area.
  6. Bringing a female in heat or pregnant female.
  7. Bringing puppies less than 12 weeks old or dogs with incomplete vaccinations.
  8. Small dogs in same play area as large dogs.
  9. Picking up and carrying a small dog.
  10. Bringing in a dog that lacks recall skills.
  11. Allowing dogs to bully other dogs.
  12. Letting the dogs ‘work it out.’
  13. Bringing dogs that have resource-guarding problems.
  14. Chatting with other humans rather than supervising the dogs.
  15. Spending more time looking at a smartphone screen than at the dogs.

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5 years ago

I listen to the show each morning on my way to work. I have a couple of things I wanted to respond to about the dog park etiquette: the Parvo Virus can live in the ground so even picking up the feces will not always keep it from spreading. Distemper is worse as it is an air born virus – it attacks the nervous system. So, #1 on the dog park rules should be that each owner has to show a shot record before they are allowed entry into the park. If you take a horse anywhere, you have to carry a negative coggins.

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