Summer is just around the corner, the days are growing longer, and your raincoat is giving way to short sleeves and sunglasses. This can only mean one thing – DOG PARK!!!
Granted, you can visit the dog park year round, but it is far more enjoyable when it’s sunny, warm, and dry. The dog park can be tons of fun for both you and your dog if you follow a few simple rules for the off-leash arena:
- Your dog should be confident, have good social skills with other canines and humans, and reliably come when you call him.
- Supervise your dog at all times.
- Refrain from talking on your cell phone.
- Puppies under the age of 4 months should stay at home.
- Be prepared to leave if your dog is overwhelmed, or isn’t having a good time.
- Remember that there are as many human personalities at the park as there are canine personalities, so prepare to be patient and polite.
- As always, clean up after your dog.
- PAWS recommends that pit bull type dogs refrain from going to off-leash parks and instead use other appropriate outlets for exercise and socialization (learn why).
Proper dog park etiquette is basic common sense and can ensure a safe and pleasant outing for everyone.
Never been to an off-leash park? It’s never too late to get started. You’ll be surprised at just how many fabulous off-leash dog parks there are in the Puget Sound area. ‘Tis the season to get outside and enjoy the weather, and what better way to do that than with your best friend frolicking, off-leash, by your side.