Any discerning dog owner would tell you that there are tons of things to consider before taking your four-legged friend to the neighborhood dog park. Although they have become increasingly popular with the dog owners, there are a still a few who are not comfortable with letting their dogs go on such an off-leash experience.
You must ask yourself a few questions first. Is your dog sociable or is he prone to getting into altercations with other pets? Is he manageable, especially when around other dogs?
There have been incidences of dogs getting into fights or even getting injured. Although only the most good-natured dogs are usually allowed in dog parks, playtime may get a little bit rough and the occasional brawl might be inevitable. Just make sure that you can handle your pet when things like this arise.
Another thing to be considered is the possibility of contracting illnesses from other dogs or pets. It is also important to make certain that your pet does not have anything that he may pass on to other dog park visitors. Regular appointments with the veterinarian and up to date vaccinations ensure that your canine friend is in tip-top shape.
Even in well managed dog parks, lots of things can go awry. The responsibility still falls on the dog owners and their capability to handle their pets and follow rules. Dog owners must be constantly watchful and intuitively understanding of their dogs’ behaviors and moods
Dog parks are undeniably beneficial for your dog. It is a perfect place to socialize with other dogs, especially when they don’t have any other canine companions at home. They can also release pent up energy that would otherwise lead to destructive or aggressive behavior.
When not on a leash, dogs can take advantage of the immense space to run around. Exercise can improve their overall fitness which can actually reduce the risks of diseases and obesity. When done regularly, it can ultimately increase their life span.
Dog owners can also benefit from taking their pets to dog parks. Aside from the amusement of seeing your dog frolicking about, meeting other dog owners and exchanging tips and experiences can help in improving your relationship with your pet. And of course, gaining a new friend is always delightful.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what you think is best for you and of course man’s best friend.