A dog park is a great place to let your dog mingle, play, and have some safe off-leash time, especially if they don't have a yard to play in and live in a big city. Dog parks can be found in almost every city in the country, and because more and more places are banning dogs from other public parks, they are becoming a necessity over a luxury in many areas. There are many great things about Concord's dog park, and there are a few things owners should keep in mind when visiting. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your trip!
Make sure your dog is fully vaccinated and has the okay from your veterinarian. The dog park does not require any dogs to have had vaccinations before they can enter. Dogs do not have to be up to date on any vaccines, including Rabies, Distemper and Parvo before they can go play with the other dogs. This information is critical for those with puppies who want to take them somewhere to play with other dogs. The dog park may seem like a fantastic place, but because you do not know what dog has had what for medical care, it is not the safest place to play.
Have a social dog. Although the dog park is a place for dogs to play and wrestle with each other, your dog may not be right for this kind of social arena. The dog park should be a place for dogs who are already social and playful with each other to go and have fun, so owners with dogs that need remedial socialization should steer clear and seek help from a trainer before venturing in. Exposing your dog to other dogs at levels that he is not comfortable with may only make his situation worse and can be dangerous for the other dogs playing. I should also mention here that small dog owners should use the small dog area to ensure their dog is safe and let them play with dogs their own size or maybe even smaller! Small dogs often look like prey and play with larger dogs can quickly turn dangerous.
Pick up after your pooch! There are few worse things than getting back in your car after a nice outing with your dog and realizing you have poop all over the bottom of your shoes. This is one of the main reasons dogs are being banned from other public places! Pick up after your dog and discard of the bag in an appropriate location. You may also want to consider wiping your dogs paws thoroughly when you return home to ensure he does not bring fecal matter into the house.
Save toys and treats for when you get home. Even though it is tempting to bring cookies and the ball to the park, it can cause problems when there are lots of other dogs around. Dogs naturally guard resources that they deem valuable and toys or food can cause fights between even the most social of dogs. If you do want to go to the park to play fetch with your dog, go at a time when it is empty and have some special one on one time. A treat when your dog comes back to you when called is fine, but make sure you give it to him when he is not being crowded by other dogs.
Lastly, enjoy watching your dog be a dog! There is nothing better than watching your dog get all his ants out of his pants while you get to sit and relax. Remember that dog play can come in many different forms and allowing your dog to chase, wrestle, and roll around with other dogs is not only crucial in helping develop sound social skills, but a great energy burner too. When you get home, he'll take a nice long nap, and you'll finally get some peace and quiet that you've been craving!