Choose less crowded times at the dog park for a safer, more enjoyable experience, avoiding peak hours after work, reducing conflict risk and injuries.
Don't give treats to other dogs at the dog park without asking the owners. Diet, allergies, and comfort may be issues, potentially causing harm.
Avoid standing water at the dog park; it's a breeding ground for bacteria like leptospirosis. Skip park visits if water is present to protect your pet.
Prioritize puppy vaccinations; parvovirus risk at the dog park is high. Limit socialization to vaccinated dogs until the pup is fully vaccinated at 12-16 weeks.
Don't take your pet to the dog park or gatherings if they're unwell; some issues can be contagious and rest is better than a playdate for an ailing dog.
Stay attentive at the dog park; avoid distractions. Don't assume all dogs are friendly. Fights can happen; human intervention can be risky.
Clean up after your dog at the dog park. Never leave them unattended. Carry multiple bags for picking up their waste to be considerate to others.