Dog Park Safety: 4 Essential Tips for Your Furry Friend

#1: Safeguard against infectious diseases
Ensure your dog is up to date on vaccinations, including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordetella. Additional vaccinations such as canine influenza, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis may also be recommended by reputable dog parks.

#2: Choose the right time to visit
Avoid crowded periods at the dog park, particularly during peak hours when dogs may be overexcited. Opt for off-peak times to provide a calmer environment for your dog to enjoy off-leash play.

#3: Enhance identification measures
Accidents can happen, so double up on identification methods for your dog. Use collar ID tags, an embroidered collar with your phone number, and consider microchipping your pet for added security.

#4: Be vigilant for warning signs
Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and body language at the park. Watch for signs of stress, anxiety, or discomfort, such as running away, excessive drooling, trembling, or aggression. If your dog shows signs of unease, it’s best to leave the park to prevent any escalation.

Remember, not all dogs are suited for off-leash parks, and some may prefer alternative socialization methods. Prioritize preventive care, including regular wellness visits, to protect your dog from diseases and parasites. Contact our team to schedule your dog’s next check-up.