We feel fortunate to be surrounded by a number of great dog parks. Our favorite park is a 66-acre space, consisting of open fields and wooded areas. And the dogs and humans who frequent the park tend to be some of the coolest and friendliest types. We like to think that we have the dog park thing down now, but let's just say that there was a slight learning curve. Here's what we realized along the way...
1. Do or do not leave your dog's collar/harness on. I once read that you should always remove your dog's collar while at the dog park. However, we tend to see just as many dogs with collars on as without. For us, we prefer to leave Pierogi's collar on because it makes it easier to scoop him up when we're ready to leave. But if he's wearing a harness at the time, we'll take it off because it includes a dangly component that's far too tempting for other dogs to grab.
2. Do be a helicopter dog parent. When a dog is in a wide open space with dozens of other dogs around, that presents a lot of choices. Keep your dog in sight to catch him before he decides to dive into the mud hole or surprise a senior group of dogs who were enjoying their quiet corner :)
3. Don't bring dog treats to the park. Sharing isn't caring in this case. Doling out one treat to your dog could entice another two or twenty dogs. Plus, not all dogs can enjoy the same treats.
4. Do bring lots of water. We always grab our puppy bag on the way out the door, which we equip with a water dispenser. Many pet owners are also kind enough to lay out big troughs of water for the whole park to come up to.
5. Do pick up after your dog. Nothing kills the party like stepping in you-know-what. But if you're being a helicopter parent, you should be able to follow closely behind with a bag. Day saved!
6. Don't forget how to properly pet other dogs. Dog parks are places for everyone to socialize, so it's okay to be friendly - just remember the correct way...
7. Do learn what to do if your dog becomes involved in a fight. Keep this knowledge in the back of your mind, whether your ever need it at a dog park or elsewhere.
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...