Dog park safety tips

Dog park

Dog parks are a great place for your dog to get some exercise and socialize with their own kind.  However, without proper planning and forethought you could be putting your dog at risk for injury, infectious diseases, and fighting.  Dr. Anna Coffin wants to help you keep your dog safe with a few tips.

It’s important to know your dog because not all dogs are dog park material.  Fearful and aggressive dogs should not be taken to a dog park.  If you’re not sure, talk with your veterinarian about your dog’s temperament.

Dog park safety tips:

1.  Protect your pet from infectious disease.  Your pet should be current on vaccines, including kennel cough.  Protect your pet from flea and tick infestations with products from your veterinarian.  All dogs should be dewormed at least once a year for intestinal parasites.  Dog parks are a cesspool for many infectious park

2.  Make sure your dog can follow basic commands.  For your dog’s safety, it’s important to make sure your dog knows how to sit, stay, come, and leave it.  These simple commands can help get your dog out of trouble at the dog park.

3.  Search for the right dog park.  It’s important to find a dog park that is right for you and dog parkyour dog.  A good dog park will contain all of the following:

  • double gate entry
  • plenty of space for dogs to run
  • separate area for small breed dogs
  • secure fences
  • a safe, sheltered area
  • source of  drinking water
  • post rules of conduct

4.  Take these essential items with you to the dog park: 

  • poop bags
  • drinking water, in case the dog park doesn’t have any
  • dog leash
  • cell phone in case of emergency
  • dog deterrent spray or air horn in case you need to break up a fight

5.  Watch your dog and other dog’s body language.  If your dog starts getting fearful or overwhelmed, use your obedience commands to call him back to you.  Monitor your dog and other dogs for signs of aggression; which can include, growling, stiff posture, raised hackles, and raised tail.

With these simple tips, you and your dog are sure to stay healthy, happy and have a good time at the dog park.[Tweet “With these simple tips, you and your dog are sure to stay healthy, happy and have a good time at the dog park.”]

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and, therefore, treat every four-legged friend as part of the family.

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